March 25, 2014
Multi-state settlement reached with alcoholic beverage manufacture over allegations of marketing to underage persons
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that Pennsylvania, along with 19 other Attorneys General and the City Attorney of San Francisco, reached an agreement with a Chicago-based manufacturer of caffeinated alcoholic beverages and flavored malt beverages over allegations that the company marketed its products to underage persons.
The settlement was reached with Phusion Projects LLC and its officers Jaisen Freeman, Christopher Hunter and Jeffrey Wright and resolves allegations that Phusion marketed and sold its "Four Loko" malt beverages to underage persons, promoting dangerous and excessive consumption of the product. Phusion also allegedly failed to disclose to consumers the effects and consequences of drinking alcoholic beverages combined with caffeine.
As part of the settlement, Phusion agrees to not manufacture caffeinated alcoholic beverages, and to reform how it markets and promotes its non-caffeinated flavored malt beverages, including Four Loko.
Phusion also agrees to not:
Additionally, Phusion has also agreed to:
Pennsylvania was joined in the settlement by the Attorneys General of Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, along with the City Attorney of San Francisco.
Pennsylvania's case was handled by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jessie L. Smith of the Attorney General's Health Care Section.
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