11.21.10

Four Loko Lawsuits Pile On

Posted in Products Liability, Wrongful Death at 4:28 pm by kevin

Recently a couple of lawsuits have been raised against the drink Four Loko or “blackout in a can” by the family of a Florida man who committed suicide and a woman who lost her hand in a car accident. In addition, the Attorneys General of several states including Washington and California have asked the FDA to ban Four Loko.

Four Loko comes in a 23.5 ounce can and contains 12-percent alcohol with a high dosage of caffeine (three times as much as a cup of coffee). The FDA has already issued warnings to Phusion Projects, Inc. the makers of Four Loko stating that a beverage containing both alcohol and caffeine is unsafe.

The family of the Florida man is suing Phusion Projects (the makers of Four Loko) for wrongful death of their son, a 20-year-old college student who binged on the drink, then later shot himself in the head. The 20-year-old woman in Florida who lost her hand said that she wouldn’t have gotten into her friend’s car if she had known how drunk her friend was before the car crash.

The effects of Four Loko and other similar drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine are reported to mask the effects of the alcohol, so the person drinking the concoction and the people around them may not immediately be aware of the impairment.