Nutritionist not afraid of Monster

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March 27, 2013, 4:26 pm
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(NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - A Connecticut nutritionist is being threatened by a popular energy drink company after publishing a newsletter disparaging the drinks.

Dr. Deborah Kennedy, a Guilford-based nutritionist, published a newsletter in which she warned parents to never give their children energy drinks, as the risks from consuming them can be fatal.

Monster, a popular energy drink company, got wind of the remarks and had their lawyers send an email to Kennedy, demanding a retraction, a correction, and threatening to sue if she chose not to comply.

But Kennedy is sticking by her remarks. She claims she was making the statement based on scientific studies.

"I was actually like, 'bring it on,' because someone needs to tell the truth here," Kennedy said. "So, you want to air your dirty laundry in public? Then let's do it."

The doctor has enlisted the help of Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal who, as the state's Attorney General, has fought this fight before.

Blumenthal and two Congressional colleagues sent a letter to Monster, calling for them to apologize and step back.

"They have not retracted the threat to sue, although they have not sued," Blumenthal said. "They have actually reiterated their claims as recently as a letter last night."

It's interesting that Monster is threatening to sue when it seems that a lawsuit is exactly what they're concerned about.  In their letter to Dr. Kennedy they wrote, 'You appear to be aware that the family of a teenage girl has filed a lawsuit blaming her death on the consumption of Monster energy drinks.'

But Kennedy says she wasn't aware of the case, and she never meant to target Monster, specifically.

"I never mentioned Monster energy drink and, for the record because it says it in the newest letter that you have, I was not thinking about the 14-year-old girl who died in Maryland," Kennedy said. "Children have died, and I'm officially going on the record as saying I do not retract that statement."

An attorney at Monster would not respond to what Blumenthal and Kennedy had to say until he'd reviewed their statements.  
Dr. Kennedy is taking no chances. She has hired an attorney.  

Tags: connecticut, monster, nutrition, Richard Blumenthal, energy drinks, Deborah Kennedy
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