A class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accuses recalled Hydroxycut weight-loss products of causing deadly liver damage and other severe complications.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of anyone who consumed the now-banned supplements, claims the company failed to warn users of the risks of injury.
The Hydroxycut products were recalled May 1 after being linked to dozens of cases of liver damage, jaundice, and other related injuries. In one case, a 19-year-old Hydroxycut user died in 2007 after developing liver failure, but the death was not reported to the Food and Drug Administration until last March, according to the complaint.
Hydroxycut was marketed as a weight-loss aid, an energy-enhancer and fat burner, as a diet supplement for low carbohydrate diets, and for promoting fluid loss, the suit states.
Among the lawsuit’s allegations are “violations of various states’ deceptive trade practices acts, misrepresentation, fraudulent, false and misleading advertisements, and unjust enrichment” by distributing a product about which unsubstantiated claims of safety and effectiveness were made.
“We believe defendants have known for a long time that their products were unsafe, yet they continued to mass market them for profit,” plaintiff’s attorney Ilyas Akbari said.
Los Angeles resident Marvin Thomas, the lead plaintiff in the case, is seeking compensatory, equitable, declaratory and injunctive relief for himself and everyone in the Hydroxycut class.
Similar class action lawsuits have been filed in Tennessee and Canada, where Hydroxycut’s maker, Iovate Health Sciences, is based.
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