PepsiCo was granted a two-week extension to answer a second amended complaint in a case filed by a man who claims he found a dead mouse in a can of Mountain Dew.

Plaintiff Ronald Ball claimed that after opening and beginning to drink a soda he bought from a vending machine at work in 2008, he tasted something foul. He claimed that when he spit out the soda, a mouse fell out.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth had set a Jan. 11 deadline for PepsiCo to answer Ball's second amended complaint, until he granted the extension Tuesday.

The company has said that the mouse body would have transformed into a jelly-like substance had it been in the soda for as long as Ball alleges it was.

He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Steven E. Danekas and Cassiday Schade represent PepsiCo.

Samantha Unsell represents Ball.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth presides.

The case is Madison Case number 09-L-440.

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