Krinsk v. Monster Beverage Corporation

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This website contains information regarding a proposed class action against Monster Beverage Corporation, Krinsk, et al. v. Monster Beverage Corporation, et al., Case No. 37-2014-00020192.

NATURE OF THE LAWSUIT

California consumers who purchased certain flavors of  Hansen’s Natural Juice, Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar, and/or a Hubert’s Lemonade and/or Tea have sued Monster Beverage Corporation and Monster Energy Company (collectively “Defendants”) in California Superior Court alleging that these Hansen’s and Hubert’s branded products were advertised as being “natural” when they were not. They allege that California and federal law does not allow Defendants to label beverages as being “natural” if they contain artificial or synthetic ingredients, and/or colorants. Accordingly, the Lawsuit seeks restitution and damages (i.e., money) resulting from the mislabeling of the Hansen’s Natural Juice, Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar, and/or a Hubert’s Lemonade or Tea as alleged in the Complaint. 

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants’ business practices violate California’s Business and Professions Code sections 17200, et seq. (the Unfair Competition Law, or “UCL”), California’s Business and Professions Code sections 17500, et seq. (the False Advertising Law, or “FAL”), and Civil Code sections 1750, et seq. (the Consumers Legal Remedies Act or “CLRA”). Under these California statutes, Class Members can seek restitution and damages resulting from the mislabeling of the Hansen’s Natural Juice, Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar, or a Hubert’s Lemonade or Tea. However, Plaintiffs are not seeking injunctive relief (or an order preventing Defendants from using these labels in the future) because Defendants no longer own the product lines in dispute.

Defendants deny all of the claims and allegations made by Plaintiffs. Specifically, Defendants deny that they have made any misrepresentations that are false or misleading or that have resulted in damages to consumers.

THE CLASS

The Court decided that the Class includes:

All California consumers who, from June 19, 2010 to June 12, 2015, purchased any Hansen's Natural Juice in the following flavors: Awesome Apple, Burstin' Berry, Strawberry Banana, Totally Tropical, Apple Grape, Loud Lemonade, Apple Orange Pineapple Juice, Apple Strawberry Juice, Apple Juice, Cranberry Apple Juice, Cranberry Grape Juice, Cranberry Juice, Grape Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, White Grape Juice, Apple Trio Juice, Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Organic Apple Juice, Organic Apple Berry Juice, Organic Fruit Punch Raspberry; and/or Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar in the following flavors: Energy Island Blast; Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar: Mango Pineapple; Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar: Peach Berry; Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar: Strawberry Banana; and

All California consumers who, from June 19, 2010 to January 1, 2014, purchased any Hubert’s Lemonade in the following flavors: Original Lemonade, Blackberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Mango Lemonade, Honey Lemonade, and Limeade; and/or Hubert’s Tea in the following flavors: Original Black Tea, Peach, Original Green Tea, and Raspberry.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LAWSUIT:
DO NOTHING                     Stay in this lawsuit and await the outcome. You share in possible benefits and give up right(s) to sue. By doing nothing, you retain the possibility of receiving a partial refund for any Hansen’s Natural Juice, Hansen’s Smoothie Nectar, or a Hubert’s Lemonade or Tea that you purchased within the above stated time period or such other benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement but you will be bound by the decisions of the Court and give up your individual right to sue on your own about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.  
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED Get out of this lawsuit and receive no benefit(s), if any, from it. Retain the right to proceed with your individual lawsuit by retaining your own lawyer. If you ask to be excluded and money or benefits are later awarded, you will not share in the money and/or benefits. However, you retain any right(s) to sue on your behalf about the same legal claims as in this lawsuit.

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