Energy drinks have often had a rocky relationship with the public and a new lawsuit isn't doing anything positive for one energy drink in particular. According to the Huffington Post on Oct. 28, Red Bull is facing an $85 million lawsuit for the wrongful death of a 33-year-old man.
Cory Terry died of a heart attack during a basketball game, during which he downed a can of Red Bull in 2011. According to NY Daily News, this could be considered the first wrongful death suit against Red Bull.
The lawyer fighting against the caffeinated beverage states that the beverages is "more dangerous than what Red Bull lets on." Red Bull hasn’t commented on this particular case, but a spokeswoman PR'd the situation, saying that Red Bull has been sold in 165 countries for 25 years because the beverage is considered safe by health authorities.
Terry was described as otherwise healthy, but his cause of death was determined to be idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. The cause, which means his heart stopped, can be brought on by several factors, including illness and genetics. However, the medic's report cited his consumption of the energy drink.
Terry's grandmother, Patricia Terry, has also filed a suit against the city, stating there was no life-saving equipment in the school's gym and an ambulance took 40 minutes to arrive on scene.