July 18, 2015 — CBS Los Angeles reports that Rockstar, Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit by a man who had a heart attack after drinking four cans of the highly-caffeinated energy drink in less than eight hours.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Oscar Maldonado. After consuming four cans of Rockstar, he developed chest pain and shortness of breath.
The symptoms gradually worsened over the next three days. When he visited the hospital he was diagnosed with a heart attack and had to have emergency surgery.
Maldonado claims Rockstar contains excessive amounts of caffeine and ingredients like taurine, which can have similar effects on cardiac muscles. The lawsuit cites studies linking cardiovascular events to caffeine consumption, and accuses Rockstar of negligence for failing to warn consumers about the risk:
“[Drink-makers] mask and otherwise fail to alert consumers like (Maldonado) of the significant risks associated with the consumption of Rockstar energy drinks and did not provide adequate warnings of the dangers of their product to plaintiff.”
Other lawsuits have made similar accusations against energy drink manufacturers. Two wrongful-death lawsuits were settled earlier this year by Monster Energy. One of those lawsuits was filed on behalf of a young man who drank one can of the beverage every day for two weeks.
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