Judge dismisses Monster Beverage's lawsuit vs. SF

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 9:02 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster Beverage Corp. that sought to block the San Francisco city attorney's investigation into the company's marketing practices.

Monster filed its lawsuit after the city attorney demanded that the company reduce caffeine levels in its drinks and stop marketing to minors.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Monday that granting Monster's request would unfairly hinder a lawsuit San Francisco's city attorney filed in state court accusing the company of misbranding its highly caffeinated drinks and marketing them to children.

The Corona, California, company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The energy drink industry, which includes Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and PepsiCo's Amp, has come under increasing scrutiny over the past few years over possible health risks.

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