Case name

Red Bull Energy Drinks False Representations Class Action;

Quebec Superior Court file #

500-06-000780-169;

Alleged violations

Plaintiff alleges that Red Bull violated section 228 of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act, by failing to inform consumers of the inherent dangers concerning the ingestion of its Caffeinated Energy Drinks. Plaintiff further alleges that Red Bull violated section 219 of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act by making false claims concerning the functionality of its products on its websites and labelling, notably by claiming that Red Bull improves alertness or increases concentration (in French: améliorer la concentration et à accroitre la vigilance). Red Bull’s claims were falsely presented to the public as “scientific”, in violation of paragraph b of section 239 of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

Class Authorized

All legal and natural persons (excluding minors, defined as natural persons under 18 years of age as of July 23, 2019) who were residents of Canada (including without limitation any of its provinces and territories) during the Class Period and who purchased and/or used or consumed one or more Red Bull CEDs in Canada during the Class Period, excluding Released Parties.

Compensation under terms of proposed settlement

As detailed at its section D. (e), the proposed Settlement Agreement provides that each class member who submits a valid claim will receive a maximum amount of $10.00 each. Please sign up at www.energydrinksettlement.ca (this site is not up yet and will be online within 30 days. Please check back soon).

Additionally, Red Bull has agreed to modify and update the French and English versions of its Canadian webpage to include a hyperlink to Health Canada’s warning concerning the potential health risks associated with consuming CEDs with alcohol.

Status

Class action authorized for settlement purposes by the Superior Court of Quebec on July 23, 2019. Settlement approval will be held on December 17, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in room 1.156 of the Montreal Courthouse.

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