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Canadian Company Sued for Defrauding Thousands of U.S. Consumers of Dietary Supplements
Date:9/16/2008

BOSTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. announced today that consumers in sixteen states have filed lawsuits against Canadian company Wellnx Life Sciences, which markets and sells three dietary supplements throughout the United States, and against its owners and senior managers, Derek Woodgate, Brad Woodgate and Scott Welch. The cases, which were pending in federal courts and consolidated in U.S. District Court in Boston, accuse Wellnx and its owners of deceiving consumers with false claims about what was in its products and their ability to cause "rapid weight loss."

The suit claims that Wellnx, based in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, marketed and sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of "Slimquick," "NV," and "Liquid Hoodia," to thousands of unsuspecting women lured into believing the products would help them lose weight. The supposed key ingredients in the herbal remedies are green tea and Hoodia Gordonii, which Wellnx claimed would induce rapid weight loss. The suit alleges that Wellnx's weight-loss claims are false and are not supported by science.

"Thousands of American women have put their faith in these supposed cures for obesity," said David Barry of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. in Boston, one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs. "Our clients were misled and cheated out of millions of dollars when Wellnx lied about what was in its products and what they would do to help them lose weight. We are going to see that these consumers are justly compensated and that Wellnx stops making dishonest claims regarding these dietary supplements."

Barry and three other lawyers in the suit argue that many of the supplements sold by Wellnx contain little or none of the ingredients that were represented to promote rapid weight loss. The plaintiffs say they took random samples of "Slimquick," "NV," and "Liquid Hoodia" from various stores around the country to an independent testing l
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