Reports: Three states file suit against makers of 5-Hour Energy

NEW YORK — Three states are suing the makers of 5-Hour Energy for false claims, according to published reports. Oregon, Washington and Vermont have all filed suit and more states are expected to join in.

The state of Oregon maintains that the energy drink brand violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act by making misleading claims about products, including false claims about special ingredients.

“This lawsuit is about requiring truth in advertising,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in a statement. “Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote a product as being effective if you don’t have sufficient evidence to back up your advertising claims.”

Washington and Vermont reflected similar views in their suits, according to reports. 5-Hour Energy is distributed by Living Essentials and is marketed as a liquid energy shot that is meant to keep consumers alert.

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