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

ab and found that some samples contained none of the purported weight-loss ingredients claimed and that other samples had just trace quantities, too low to have any effect on weight loss.

The substances are widely advertised in women's magazines and other media, and make bold claims of being the "Women's Weight Loss" remedy. However, several clinical studies of the key ingredient in Slimquick and NV, green tea extract, concluded that ingestion of green tea, especially in small amounts, does not cause significant weight loss.

The marketing of the products included widespread use of "transformations" depicting the before and after appearance of allegedly independent consumers who were "skeptical" of the weight loss promises of the products but claimed huge weight loss in a short period -- as many as 36-45 pounds in two months of taking the product. Plaintiffs claim these "transformations" did not occur with the use of the Wellnx products over that time. In some instances, the wives or girlfriends of the senior managers at Wellnx played the role of the skeptical, independent consumer but these relationships were not disclosed to consumers. The suit also claims that in some cases these "consumers" did not use the products at all.

"Thousands of consumers just lost money when they wanted to lose weight," Barry said. "It's time for Wellnx not only to compensate those consumers, but to halt its deceptive practices for the good of the public as a whole."

The case is MDL NO. 07-md-1861 (RGS) ALL CASES

In Re: Wellnx Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation

http://www.srbc.com

Link to David A. Barry profile:

http://www.srbc.com/SRBCTeam/AttorneyBios.asp?id=16


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SOURCE Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
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