Father of Ohio Teen Poisoned by Caffeine Overdose Files Suit

By: Allan M. Siegel

Last summer, Partner Joe Cammarata wrote about the tragic story of Logan Stiner, a high-school senior who died from caffeine overdose after ingesting caffeine powder. Well now the teen's father has filed suit against, the caffeine powder distributors, and the classmate who gave Stiner the caffeine powder. The powder was packaged and sold under the name Hard Rhino. Hard Rhino stopped selling on Amazon after the death of a college student in Georgia last June, but is still available from other online retailers.Caffeine Overdose Lawsuit

The lawsuit focus on Hard Rhino's package label. The label explains that 1/32nd of a teaspoon of caffeine powder is the equivalent to a cup of coffee and warns that it can be dangerous if abused. However, the lawsuit claims the package lacked specific instructions on its proper use – a serious danger when only a slight amount too much can result of death. Because Hard Rhino sold the powder as a dietary supplement, it was able to avoid FDA regulations that otherwise would have applied and required the packaging be clearer. The suit also alleges that Amazon has its own compliance team that is supposed to review products before they are allowed to be sold through Amazon.

This lawsuit is another step in pushing energy drink and caffeine product manufacturers to take responsibility for the potentially dangerous products they are selling. Advocates are calling for greater regulations and reining in the marketing to younger people who make up a large share of the energy drink market.

Partner Joe Cammarata is the co-chair of the Energy Drinks Litigation Group of the America Association for Justice (AAJ), which is devoted to working and coordinating with lawyers involved in cases relating to injuries and death caused by energy drink consumption. Because energy drinks are minimally regulated and so heavily marketed, consumers are often unaware about the serious risks they pose. If you or a loved one suffer an injury as a result of an energy drink, please call the personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.