A plaintiff who claims he began consuming Monster Beverage energy drinks as a teenager, because he was offered free beverages from a truck parked outside his high school, has filed a putative nationwide consumer-fraud class action against the company in a California federal court. Fisher v. Monster Beverage Corp., No. EDCV12-02188 VAP (OPx) (U.S. Dist. Ct., C.D. Cal., filed December 12, 2012). Among other matters, he claims that the company aggressively markets the products to youth and falsely labels them as dietary supplements to avoid regulation under Food and Drug Administration beverage rules. He further contends that the products are addictive.

Alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act, breach of express and implied warranties, violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and unjust enrichment, the plaintiff seeks actual, statutory and punitive damages; corrective labeling, advertising and marketing; full restitution and disgorgement; and interest.