Michael Mustica, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, alleges in a new lawsuit that drinking 2-and-a-half cans of Four Loko on a trip to Atlantic City last year gave him permanent heart damage, a “heart arrhythmia,” to be specific, though the seaside slots have been known to get hearts racing too. Phusion Projects, the company behind the radioactive, banned beverage bomb of caffeine and alcohol, is responsible for the last health effects, Mustica claims. “He was a victim of people who tried to make money off a product without worrying about the health consequences,” his attorney told the Newark Star-Ledger.
When Mustica woke up after the fatefully going Loko, he had trouble breathing so his friends called an ambulance. Later, doctors blamed the drink, calling his symptoms “a direct result of consuming Original Four Loko,” according to the complaint. “Original” Loko differs from the new stuff stocked in bodegas far and wide, which does not contain caffeine atop the 12% alcohol packed into one can.
The lawsuit also comes after Phusion alleging that the drink is “deceitfully packaged,” in order to lure in young buyers.
A Loko flak declined to comment on the suit, but maintained “we still believe that combining caffeine and alcohol is safe.” Two-and-a-half cans is probably too much though, Jersey boys.