Panera Bread Sued Over Man’s Death

Panera Bread Sued Over Man's Death

( – On Monday, December 4, a new lawsuit filed against Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade claims that the drink is now to blame for a second death.

On October 9, Dennis Brown from Florida ended up drinking three Charged Lemonades, after which he suffered from a fatal cardiac arrest in his home. As reported by NBC News, the 46-year-old had a chromosomal deficiency disorder, mild intellectual disability, and a developmental delay. However, no specific information regarding his disorder was released. Brown was still capable of living independently and he would make stops at his local Panera, according to the legal complaint.

In the filing, it is also noted that because of his high blood pressure he did not often drink energy drinks.

The lawsuit against Panera was filed on behalf of Brown’s family and came less than two months after a previous lawsuit was filed against the company over the same beverage. In that lawsuit, Panera was sued over the death of a student who had died after drinking Charged Lemonade. The student reportedly had a pre-existing heart condition. In the original lawsuit, it was alleged that the Charged Lemonade was a “dangerous energy drink” and they added that Panera had not done its part to warn all the consumers about the ingredients in the drink.

In their advertisement for the drink, Panera states that this is a plant-based drink that has as much caffeine as a Dark Roast coffee. However, the legal complaint alleges that the 30-fluid-ounce Charged Lemonade has 390 milligrams of caffeine, which is significantly higher than the amount found in their roast coffee.

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