Settlement Reached in Hydroxycut Consumer Fraud Case

Jul. 7th, 2014   /   , ,

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We’ve all seen the ads for Hydroxycut; you know, the ones in which an overweight individual is depicted before a skinnier version of that same person appears, the implication being that Hydroxycut made all the difference. According to the ads, it might seem like all you have to do to lose weight is take the dietary supplement, which comes in various forms including powder to mix with water and chewable gummies.

Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know that whether or not someone has been wronged due to the recklessness or negligence of a motor vehicle driver or a giant corporation, a person who has incurred damages, whether they are physical, emotional or financial, has the legal right to seek compensation for said damages. According to two plaintiffs who initiated a consumer fraud class action case against Hydroxycut, the company made misleading statements about the effectiveness of Hydroxycut dietary supplement products in its labeling and advertising. Thus, it appears that the consumers who were duped into buying Hydroxycut incurred financial damages, damages which for which they will be compensated according to the terms of the tentatively agreed-upon settlement.

Although they are willing to and have agreed to settle the case, the company behind Hydroxycut, Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A. Inc., denies any wrongdoing, and claims they are only settling to avoid the expense and distraction that litigation entails.

Hydroxycut has also had other legal issues. The FDA recently issued a recall on various Hydroxycut products after receiving more than 23 reports of liver damage being potentially connected to use of the product. Although liver damage is rare, users of Hydroxycut reported developing the issues when taking the product at the recommended doses. The consumers began to realize that liver damage had set in upon noticing the symptoms, which can include jaundice, brown urine, nausea, vomiting, itching, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

This is an issue of product liability – if you, as a consumer, purchase a product and said product, when used in a reasonable manner, causes you injury, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the designer, manufacturer and/or retailer of the product. In the case of the liver damage, it’s been asserted that the consumer reasonably used the product (i.e., they took the recommended dosage). Had they, for example, devoured the entire bottle in one sitting when it was supposed to last them three weeks, they might not have had a legitimate legal right to seek damages; still, this isn’t the case.

Our personal injury attorneys at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green have decades of experience in representing individuals who have been wronged by negligent parties. We understand that this case against Hydroxycut is just another example of wronged individuals seeking justice against a negligent party, in this case a company that increased sales by implementing a misleading advertising campaign.

If you have any questions about the Hydroxycut settlement or any other legal matter, please contact us for a free consultation by calling 561-266-9191 or e-mailing daronberg@aronberglaw.com. We look forward to assisting you!

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