Consumer Fraud

Women sues Joint Juice maker for making false claims

whistleblower Women sues Joint Juice maker for making false claimsA woman has filed a lawsuit against Premier Nutrition Corp., formerly known as Joint Juice Inc., alleging the company violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by enticing consumers to purchase its Joint Juice products with deceptive claims that the dietary supplement products would support and nourish cartilage, lubricate joints, and improve aches and pains. The products, the woman claims, simply did not work as promised.

Marilyn Spencer filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly affected in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She claims the products did not perform as advertised despite the company’s claims that it contained glucosamine along with other ingredients.

Glucosamine is listed as an ingredient in dietary supplements for bone and joint health as well as protection against osteoporosis. The ingredient can thin the blood, making it potentially dangerous when used with other blood thinners such as warfarin, ibuprofen or aspirin. It can also raise blood sugar levels and increase liver toxicity if taken with the herbal supplement known as skullcap.

More common side effects include constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, headache, fatigue and skin irritation.

Spencer is suing for damages including punitive and statutory damages, injunctive relief, corrective advertising and other fees.

Source: Northern California Record