Kentucky to receive over $14,000 in Four Loko settlement

jmadden@herald-leader.comMarch 25, 2014 

Attorney General Jack Conway is among 20 other attorney generals who have settled a lawsuit with the manufacture of malt liquor Four Loko.

Kentucky will receive $14,047.62 as a result of the settlement, which resolves allegations that Phusion, LLC, marketed and sold Four Loko to minors and promoted dangerous and excessive consumption of the beverage. The company also failed to disclose to consumers the effects of drinking alcoholic beverages combined with caffeine, according to a release from Conway's office.

In November 2010, the FDA issued a letter to Phusion that selling the caffeinated alcoholic beverage was unsafe, the release said. Phusion will also pay state attorney generals that are signatories to the settlement and San Francisco's city attorney $400,000.

Attorney General Conway said Four Loko was nicknamed 'alcopop' or 'blackout in a can' and was a combination of alcohol and caffeine.

As part of the settlement, Phusion agreed to not manufacture caffeinated alcoholic beverages and reform how it markets and promotes its non-caffeinated flavored malt beverages, including Four Loko. Phusion also agreed not to promote the alcoholic beverage to minors.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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