Four Loko Slapped With Another Lawsuit

Four Loko Slapped With Another Lawsuit

By Chrisanne Grise 10/03/12

The much-criticized beverage company has yet another case to answer—this time after allegedly causing an arrhythmia.

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Another day, another lawsuit against Four Loko. This time, they’re being sued by a New Jersey man who says drinking two and a half cans of the formerly-caffeinated "energy" beer gave him a heart arrhythmia. Each can contains 12% alcohol—the equivalent of three cans of regular beer—and a recent study found that even moderate amounts of alcohol may increase the risk for arrhythmia for people with diabetes or heart disease. Phusion Projects, the Chicago-based makers of Four Loko, will be keeping their lawyers busy: they're also facing a suit over the death of a 15-year-old boy in Illinois, plus another from an Ohio man who claims the beverage caused him to run out into traffic, where he was hit by a car. Chris Hunter, one of Phusion’s founders, told The Fix in an interview last year that his drink isn't to blame for the tragedies that are often associated with it: “We drank our product, we know it’s like any other alcohol. If you consume something responsibly you’re fine, if you don’t you’re not fine, and I don’t care if that’s Bud Light, Smirnoff vodka or Four Loko.”

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Chrisanne Grise is a multimedia journalist specializing in health/fitness, lifestyle, travel, bridal, and music. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Parents, FitnessMagazine, Fisher Price, Bridal Guide, Scholastic's Choices, AbsolutePunk.net, Chorus.fm, and more. She is the Senior Editor at The New York Times Upfront. Follow her on Linkedin and Twitter.

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