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Four Years After It Went After the "Vermonster," Monster Energy Drinks Has Its Own Legal Troubles 

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First, they sued Morrisville’s Rock Art Brewery. Now, the makers of Monster Energy drinks find themselves on the other side of the gavel.

While weathering a lawsuit involving the death of a teenager whose family alleges she perished after drinking two of the caffeine-laced drinks, California-based Monster Beverage Corporation is also being sued by a Maryland teenager on the grounds that it hooks teenagers on its drinks through misleading marketing and free samples.

Claiming trademark infringement, the beverage giant famously sued tiny Rock Art Brewery in 2009 over owner Matt Nadeau’s use of the name “Vermonster” for one of his beers. The case garnered national press, but Nadeau says it was mediated after he had a one-on-one phone call with company CEO Rodney Sacks.

Will Monster’s current legal troubles prove more lasting?

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Food writer Corin Hirsch joined the Seven Days staff in 2011. She is the author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, published by History Press in 2014.

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