Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Fat Burner" Consumer Class Action Fraud

More special places in hell:
Comes the news report that NxCare, Inc., the manufacturer of "Slimquick--The Female Fat Burner" faces a class action consumer fraud case in Pennsylvania. Catanzaro v. Nx Care, Inc., U.S. District Court Case No. 2:07-cv-0171 (W.D. Pa.) Allegations include that the company made claims unsupported by scientific evidence. Some of the testimonials of women who claimed to have lost weight were made by company executives' wives or girlfriends.

The diet product scams play on the obesity epidemic with "scientific" formulations that are often bunk. Sometimes these "natural" formulations are profoundly dangerous, as with the recent ephedra products. While we all assume that the government regulates things like this, in fact, the FDA provides almost no oversight of so-called diet supplements. Consumer cases are becoming the last level of accountability for market misconduct.

David Sugerman
Paul & Sugerman, PC

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