Popular energy maker, Monster Energy, was sued by a family of a 14-year-old Maryland girl alleging that excess caffeine in the drink led to her death. Lawyers said the two 24-ounce (0.7 liter) cans of Monster Energy consumed by Anais Fournier in the 24 hours prior to her fatal cardiac arrest in December 2011 contained as much caffeine -- 480 milligrams -- as 14 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. The ensuing autopsy cited "cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity" as the cause of death. The family is asking the California Supreme Court for "all damages allowed by law," claiming that Monster Energy should be held responsible for wrongful death for allegedly failing to warn about its product's dangers. By law, soft drinks in the United States can contain no more than 71.5 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces. But the limit does not apply to energy drinks like Monster Energy that are considered dietary supplements. "These drinks are death traps for young, developing girls and boys like my daughter Anais," her mother Wendy Crossland said in a statement issued by the family's law firm, Goldberg, Finnegan and Mester. "I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill." In a statement, the drink's manufacturer, Monster Beverage, said it was unaware of any fatality caused by any of the more than eight billion energy drinks it has sold worldwide. "Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier," it said, adding that it intended to "vigorously" defend itself in court. The product website for Monster Energy claims the beverage is "the meanest energy supplement on the planet ... a wicked mega hit that delivers twice the buzz of a regular energy drink."Source: AFP << Religious Affiliation Greatly Impacts Sexual Behavior Popular Sunscreen Recalled Over Fears of Skin Catching Fire >> Recommended Reading Colas are Bad For Health in the Long Run Intake of regular soft drinks adds calories but diet colas don't. However, expert opinion says that diet colas are not the best alternative to regular soft drinks. READ MORE 'Bottled' Contamination And a Brewing Battle The CSE has revealed through their study that different brands of Cola and Pepsi are unfit for consumption READ MORE Alcohol With Energy Drinks - The Bad Mix Youngsters around the world are combining alcohol with energy drinks. Studies show that consuming this combination could have severe health impacts. READ MORE Sports and Energy Drinks Cause Permanent Tooth Damage Consumption of sports and energy drinks cause irreversible damage to teeth, say researchers. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensable because of its many industrial applications. READ MORE Caffeine and Decaffeination Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant alkaloid commonly found in many of the products we consume daily. Excess intake of caffeine can lead to symptoms similar to substance addiction. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Pancreatitis Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas may show up as acute pancreatitis or chronic pain. Alcohol consumption is the main offender. Treatment requires hospitalization and at times surgery. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Color Blindness Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol FactsDeath FactsPancreatitisBereavementCaffeine and DecaffeinationEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?