Trial set to begin against energy drink company

July 20, 2014

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of a local woman suing an energy drink company.

A Durant woman is suing the makers and local distributor of the popular Monster energy drink on behalf of her teenage son.

The lawsuit, filed in January 2013 in Bryan County District Court, claims Angela Wheat’s 16-year-old son collapsed and went into cardiac arrest after consuming a Monster energy drink in November 2011. The suit names as defendants the California-based drink maker as well as local distributor Ed F. Davis, Inc.

According to the lawsuit, the boy purchased a Monster beverage and went to a local church for volunteer work.

“Shortly after consuming the Monster Energy drink, (he) collapsed and lost consciousness while working with other church members to clean the church,” the lawsuit states. He was given CPR and transported to Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma and later OU Children’s Hospital.

The lawsuit directly blames his consumption of the energy drink for the medical episode.

The suit is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $75,000 and lists several accusations. Those include a “design defect and failure to warn” on the drink’s packaging, negligence, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and punitive damages.