Risk & Insurance Quotes Anderson Kill’s Steven Pudell on Insurance Coverage for Suits Against Energy Drink Manufacturers

  • June 12, 2014

Energy drink producers have recently been subjected to "a jolt of liability," Risk & Insurance reports, "accused of everything from encouraging the use of their products with alcohol to marketing to children to loading their products with unknown levels of caffeine and supplements."

According to Steven J. Pudell, managing shareholder of Anderson Kill's Newark office, R&I reports, "the makers of energy drinks can derive protection for bodily damage claims from their general liability (GL) coverage" -- though they "may face similar high GL deductibles and self-insured retentions as do pharmaceutical firms."

Mr. Pudell, who has represented food industry companies, chemical manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies in insurance recovery matters further commented, "I think these energy drinks are the grandchildren of ephedra," referring to the supplement ingredient banned in 2004 by the FDA due to linkage to serious health concerns.

Read the full story: Caffeine in a Can: A Jolt of Product Liability

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