On February 4, 2015, DeNittis Osefchen, on behalf of a Camden County,  New Jersey man,  filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of New Jersey consumers against health supplement giant GNC in New Jersey Superior Court in Camden County, alleging that the GNC store brand Herbal Supplements: Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, and St. John’s Wart actually contain no represented ingredients whatsoever. The suit cites test results which were made public earlier this week by the New York Attorney General, who conducted DNA tests of numerous samples of GNC’s store brand Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, and St. John’s Wart, and found that the products actually contained no represented herbal ingredients at all. The New York Attorney General issued a “cease and desist” order Tuesday, directing GNC to cease selling these products in New York. The same products—bearing the same label listing Gingko Biloba,Ginseng or St. John’s Wart  as the main ingredients—are still being sold at GNC stores in New Jersey. The lawsuit seeks class action status for New Jersey purchasers and asks the court to issue an injunction ordering GNC to cease sales in New Jersey and to provide refunds of the $16.99 purchase price to New Jersey purchasers.  on February 5, 2015 DeNittis Osefchen also filed in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania a similar claim against GNC seeking redress for conumsrs nationwide.  The attorneys representing the plaintiffs in these lawsuits, DeNittis Osefchen PC of Marlton, are the same attorneys who recently filed class actions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania against Whole Foods Market over allegations that Whole Foods’ store brand plain Greek yogurt contained six times more sugar than what was listed on its label. As stated by attorney Stephen DeNittis:

“People are entitled to know what they are putting in their bodies and they are entitled to get what they were promised. It’s not feasible for customers to test the contents of a supplement themselves to make sure what’s really inside matches what it says on the label. People have to be able to depend on the accuracy of the label.  Somebody dropped the ball here and we’re going to try to make sure New Jersey consumers who bought this stuff are made whole.”  

 

 

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