D'Arcy Johnson Day Files Suit Against Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Maker

The Complaint alleges that the dangerous combination of ingredients in Phusion Projects LLC's Four Loko drink caused cardiac injuries to an otherwise healthy 22-year-old consumer.

Mar 16, 2011, 16:30 ET from D'Arcy Johnson Day, PC

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The D'Arcy Johnson Day law firm has filed a Complaint against Phusion Projects, LLC on behalf of a young man who suffered damage to his heart after consuming the company's Four Loko caffeinated alcoholic beverage.  The original version of Four Loko, a combination of alcohol, caffeine, guarana and taurine, has been linked to multiple injuries and hospitalizations, including that of D'Arcy Johnson Day's client, 22-year-old Michael Mustica.

"In combining alcohol, caffeine, guarana, and taurine, the makers of Four Loko created a dangerous, and potentially lethal, mixture of ingredients," said Andrew D'Arcy, a Partner at D'Arcy Johnson Day, who filed the suit under the New Jersey Products Liability Act (NJPLA).  "Not only did Phusion Projects, LLC fail to make consumers aware of the dangers associated with drinking Four Loko, but they also actively marketed the product to underage individuals and college students in the interest of profit."

One standard serving of the Four Loko drink that is the subject of this lawsuit contains the equivalent of two energy drinks and six servings of beer.  In November 2010, in the face of an FDA warning letter, Phusion Projects, LLC pulled the original drink mixture from the market.  The company reformulated the drink and now manufactures and sells Four Loko without caffeine, guarana and taurine.

While Phusion Projects, LLC has faced legal action in other states as a result of injuries linked to the consumption of its original Four Loko drink, the Complaint filed in Atlantic County today by D'Arcy Johnson Day is the first New Jersey lawsuit against the drink manufacturers.

For more information about the action against Phusion Projects, LLC, Four Loko, or the effects of caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko, contact Andrew D'Arcy, Esquire, D'Arcy Johnson Day, at (609) 641-6200 or ADarcy@darcyjohnsonday.com.

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