Vitamin Shoppe Garcinia Cambogia Dietary Supplement Lawsuit Filed

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Santa Clara, CA: A consumer fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against the Vitamin Shoppe Inc., alleging it falsely advertised the company’s Garcinia Cambogia Extract dietary supplement.

Specifically, the lawsuit, filed by named plaintiff Andrea Nathan, states that Vitamin Shoppe’s Garcinia Cambogia Extract dietary supplement claims to facilitate ''weight management" and "appetite control," but its only active ingredients, hydroxycitric acid and chromium, “are scientifically proven to be incapable of providing such weight-loss benefits.”

Filed in federal court in California, the lawsuit contends “Defendant markets and advertises the product as an effective weight-loss supplement through claims placed directly on the bottle product despite that it provides no such benefits. ”

Nathan alleges that, based on the weight loss claims, she paid about $20 for a 180-caplet bottle of the Garcinia Cambogia Extract. However, instead of purchasing a weight loss aid, she and others similarly situated actually bought a product that is “no more effective than a placebo.”

Consequently, Nathan claims, she lost money due to the company’s misrepresentations, because she paid more than she would have for similar products that did not make weight loss claims.

“The senior officers and directors of defendant allowed the product to be sold with full knowledge or reckless disregard that the challenged claims are fraudulent, unlawful, and misleading,” according to the complaint.

Nathan is seeking to represent a class of people who have bought Vitamin Shoppe's Garcinia Cambogia since June 26, 2013.

The suit claims violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, as well as breach of warranties.

Nathan is represented by Paul K. Joseph of The Law Office of Paul K. Joseph PC.

The lawsuit is Andrea Nathan v. Vitamin Shoppe Inc., case number 3:17-cv-01590 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Enith Menendez
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The products have no effect on energy or weight loss. The company I purchased from bragged of backing from medical doctors. My biggest complaint is the marketing strategy of buying one get one free. I was charged for two and got a third one free. That's not what I call a trial.

Posted by
Tina TODD
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I tried several bottles at different time with no results.

Posted by
Sharon Evans
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I tried this product twice because of the cost and obvious false or misleading claims of the product Vitamin Shoppe’s Garcinia Cambogia Extract dietary supplement. I followed the instructions on the product and also changed my diet and exercised faithfully. I did not have the results from what the product had been advertised.

Posted by
Charlene Reiff
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I also have bought GC thinking it would help me lose weight. It didn't. So, if there is a class suite, add me in please.

Posted by
Gloria liu
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I tried for 2 bolted already but still not working.

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