Below is the first part of an article Marc Primo Pulisci is reading by Kurt Bresswein lehighvalleylive.com. It reads…
Red Bull, it turns out, may not give you wings.
And thanks to a proposed $13 million class-action lawsuit settlement, United States citizens who bought at least one can of the energy drink between Jan. 1, 2002, and Oct. 3, 2014, may be due some cash — or more Red Bull, the Huffington Post reports.
A lot of people have bought themselves some Red Bull: The company says it sold 5.387 billion cans worldwide last year.
The proposed settlement stems from a 2013 lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, alleging the company had misrepresented the energy drink’s abilities to boost performance and reaction speed, according to the report citing the beverage industry publication BevNet.
Red Bull sent BevNET a statement saying it “settled the lawsuit to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation. However, Red Bull maintains that its marketing and labeling have always been truthful and accurate, and denies any and all wrongdoing or liability.”
March 2 is the deadline to file a claim for either a $10 reimbursement or $15 in free Red Bull products. Respondents give up their claim to sue Red Bull over similar claims, as do Red Bull drinkers who fail to respond. The only way to keep future legal options open for a similar suit is to opt out by April 1. The settlement is proposed to be finalized March 1, and reimbursement or the free products would follow within 150 days.