Monster Beverage, the makers of the caffeine-laden energy drink that someone, somewhere, still buys, are suing San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera for hounding them in his bid to address safety issues around the product.
Monster says that they've been unfairly singled out by Herrera, who has asked the company to prove that its drinks are safe, reformulate its drinks and change its marketing materials to prevent it from advertising to minors (translation: Herrera is harshing the collective vibe of badassery cultivated by the Corona, Calif.-based company). In fact, there's a lot of litigious activity going on around these newfangled energy drinks: New York's attorney general has subpoenaed Monster as part of an investigation into energy drinks, and the family of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly died after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster in a short period of time is also suing Monster. (We would personally like to sue whoever came up with the 'DUB: Baller's Blend' and whoever hired and styled these women.)
Prompted by a new gum developed by Wrigley that has as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in one piece, the FDA has said it would investigate the safety of added caffeine and its effect on children and adolescents. Hopefully there's some way to disentangle big wheel trucks, obscene amounts of caffeine and boobs in the minds of impressionable young 'uns. Just wait 'til you discover coffee, kids!