Popular Food Chain Hit With Second Lawsuit After Death Allegedly Caused by Caffeinated Drink

A legal case initiated on Monday targets Panera Bread, attributing the demise of a 46-year-old man from Florida to the company's caffeinated drink, "Charged Lemonade." This case, reported by various news outlets, marks the second one against Panera regarding this specific beverage.

According to NBC News, the legal claim contends that Dennis Brown suffered a cardiac arrest resulting from the consumption of "Charged Lemonade" after leaving the Panera establishment.

Further details from WSBTV highlight that Brown, a participant in Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club, had the privilege of unlimited beverage consumption. He had reportedly been consuming the lemonade for six consecutive days prior to the tragic event.

The "Charged Lemonade" offered by Panera is a 30-ounce beverage that surpasses both Red Bull and Monster energy drinks in caffeine content, with a total of 390 milligrams. This amount is just shy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommended maximum daily intake of 400 milligrams, as reported by WSBTV.

“Panera expresses our deep sympathy for Mr. Brown’s family,” Panera said in a statement related to Monday’s lawsuit. “Based on our investigation we believe his unfortunate passing was not caused by one of the company’s products. We view this lawsuit which was filed by the same law firm as a previous claim to be equally without merit. Panera stands firmly by the safety of our products.”

The initial lawsuit against Panera arose from the passing of Sarah Katz, a 21-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania. According to WSBTV, Katz's death is alleged to have been caused by consuming Panera's "Charged Lemonade." It is reported that Katz, who had a heart condition and typically avoided caffeine, may not have been aware that the drink contained caffeine, as suggested by her family and friends.

Following the first lawsuit, Panera has updated its mobile application to caution customers to consume the "Charged Lemonade" moderately. The warning specifically notes that the beverage is not advisable for children, individuals sensitive to caffeine, and pregnant or nursing women.

Dennis Brown, who had a chromosomal disorder, was known for his advocacy work for individuals with disabilities in Florida. He was employed at Publix, where he worked as a grocery bagger for nearly two decades, as reported by WSB-TV.

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