GNC is being sued in a class action consumer fraud lawsuit by a Southern California woman who claims that the company made false claims about an exercise aid supplement, C4 Extreme, sold by the retailer that contains the controversial substance known as DMAA.
According to the North County Times, Lynette Bates is suing GNC, Woodbolt International and Cellucor Sports Nutrition for “making false and unsubstantiated representations concerning the efficacy, safety, and legality of C4 Extreme.” She claims that the DMMA is dangerous and illegal and that industry experts have become concerned that the stimulant drug will lead consumers to experience adverse side effects, including death.
"What we've seen is that DMAA in supplements has been connected to situations where the heart has gone suddenly into failure due to excessive stress," said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
DMAA was meant to be used as an over-the-counter decongestant, but has become a topic of discussion since it has become widely used in sports and dietary supplements. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned the substance and it is a controlled substance in New Zealand and Canada.
If you have taken a DMAA product and become sick because of it, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation regarding a consumer fraud lawsuit.