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Liquid Death Canned Water Changes Name of 'Armless Palmer' Beverage: 'Now It Has a Way Cooler Name' The company claims a "large enterprise" threatened to sue them over the lemonade-iced tea beverage.

By Sam Silverman

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Canned water company Liquid Death is claiming they were pressured into changing the name of its lemonade-iced tea combination beverage.

The drink, which launched as "Armless Palmer" in early 2023, has been rebranded to "Dead Billionaire," the company announced in an Instagram post.

The company claims it was threatened with legal action by a "large enterprise" for its use of the word "Palmer."

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"It's the [exact] same thing, only now it has a way cooler name that won't require us to fight a senseless legal battle with a large enterprise who sent us a letter saying we can't use the word 'Palmer' and who is also partnered with a giant iced tea corporation," the company wrote on Instagram. "Both of whom have far more $$$ to burn on legal fees than we do."

Golf legend Arnold Palmer's name has become synonymous with the lemonade-iced tea concoction because he often ordered the mixture on the golf course. People started copying this order, and the rest is beverage history. His image and namesake have been used by AriZona Beverages for the mix since 2002, per USA Today.

At the time of his death in 2016, Palmer had a net worth of $1.4 billion, per Forbes.

"Dead Billionaire" is now available on Amazon and will be in retail stores by Spring 2024, the company said.

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The canned water company was founded in 2019 by Mike Cessario and has become popular with Gen Z and millennials, who make up more than 70% of the brand's customer base, per the Washington Post. The company is now worth $700 million.

Reaction to the product's old (and new) name has been mixed.

Sam Silverman

Content Strategy Editor

Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. She writes for our news team with a focus on investigating scandals. Her coverage and expertise span from business news, entrepreneurship, technology, and true crime, to the latest in entertainment and TV news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

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