New Jersey man sues GNC over Hydroxycut

Jon Campisi May 11, 2011, 3:58pm

A New Jersey man and his wife are suing the makers and distributors of Hydroxycut in one of the latest mass tort filings involving the dietary supplement.

New Jersey-based attorney Lori Garber, of the firm Weitz & Luxenberg, filed the civil complaint April 29 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Alexander Torres and Jessica Lee Pizarro.

The lawsuit alleges that Torres suffered Rhabdomyolysis, a condition that causes muscle fibers to break down and be released into the bloodstream, after he took Hydroxycut, which is a non-FDA approved supplement.

The main defendant in the case is General Nutrition Centers Inc., which designs, manufactures, packages and distributes the supplement.

Other defendants in the lawsuit are as follows: Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A. Inc., Iovate Health Sciences Inc., Iovate Health Sciences Group Inc., Muscletech Research and Development Inc., HVL Incorporated, Bactolac Pharmaceutical Inc., Garden State Nutritionals Inc., Vitaquest International LLC, Interhealth Nutraceuticals Inc., Hook-Superx LLC, CVS Pharmacy Inc., and CVS RX Services Inc.

The lawsuit accuses all parties involved of manufacturing or selling an unregulated dietary supplement that they knew could produce serious dangers.

The plaintiff’s are seeking compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages in an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits, which is $50,000, according to the lawsuit. They also seek to be awarded court costs and attorneys’ fees.

The plaintiff’s have demanded a jury trial. The case is awaiting mass tort listing.

The case number is 110403330.

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