Garcinia Cambogia Class Action Lawsuits
It seemed like it was only a matter of time before garcinia cambogia diet pills faced a major class action lawsuit. Now, it appears that time is close. Here’s what you need to know about the possibility of the upcoming Garcinia Cambogia Class Action Lawsuit.
What Are Garcinia Cambogia Diet Pills?
Garcinia Cambogia is the extract of a fruit rind that comes from Southeast Asia. For years, that extract was used in traditional medicine to boost energy.
The fate of garcinia cambogia changed forever when Dr. Oz called it a miraculous way to lose weight. He claimed that people could take garcinia cambogia and lose weight without changing their current diet and exercise habits.
The garcinia cambogia industry exploded overnight.
Today, there are literally thousands of garcinia cambogia diet pills on the market. Many of these diet pills make enormous claims about the amount of weight you can expect to lose. They claim you can take this miraculous pill and lose weight while sitting on the couch all day – which is basically what Dr. Oz said when he first began to promote garcinia cambogia.
But can erroneous diet claims really lead to a successful class action lawsuit? Let’s find out what the lawsuit alleges.
What is the Garcinia Cambogia Class Action Lawsuit?
The Garcinia Cambogia Class Action Lawsuit isn’t one specific lawsuit: thus far, garcinia cambogia lawsuits underway across the country have not formalized into a real class action lawsuit.
However, various law firms across America are currently investigating some of the claims made by garcinia cambogia manufacturers. Those claims include:
— Garcinia cambogia is advertised, promoted, and marketed as a supplement that burns fat and controls appetite, despite the fact that modern science does not support any of these claims
— Certain garcinia cambogia products may cause liver damage and could spike liver toxicity
— Other health problems associated with garcinia cambogia include “adverse gastrointestinal effects”. In one Vancouver Sun report, researchers found that these effects were “twice as likely to occur” in the group taking garcinia cambogia compared to the placebo group.
— There have been limited human trials performed on garcinia cambogia thus far, with most of the trials taking place on animals. Many manufacturers offer misleading claims about the scientifically-verified claims of their garcinia cambogia supplements.
— Many garcinia cambogia supplements mislabel their ingredients. In one study, ConsumerLab.com reviewed 11 of the most popular garcinia cambogia supplements on the market. Six of those supplements contained “significantly less HCA” than was indicated on the product labeling, while one supplement contained only 16% of its advertised amount of HCA. This led researchers to conclude that “most products on the market don’t actually deliver what’s listed on their labels.”
One garcinia cambogia lawsuit specifically focuses on nutritional supplements that contain 100mg of garcinia cambogia and 200mcg of chromium. This is a popular dose found in supplements sold across America.
In order to become a class action lawsuit, there needs to be a few dozen people who all have similar complaints against garcinia cambogia. Typically, there needs to be a minimum of around 20 to 50 people with similar damages before cases are consolidated into one class action suit.
There is Virtually No Scientific Evidence Supporting Garcinia Cambogia
In one garcinia cambogia study over a decade ago, participants were shown to experience a favorable change in body mass after taking garcinia cambogia.
Scientists have failed to replicate these results in most other tests performed to date. In fact, the only real peer-reviewed, high-quality studies on garcinia cambogia that indicated any weight loss benefits were performed on mice.
Mice taking garcinia cambogia were found to lose weight. Humans taking garcinia cambogia, in most reputable studies, have demonstrated no significant changes in their weight when compared to a placebo group.
Ultimately, the scientific evidence supporting any benefits of garcinia cambogia is extremely lacking. We don’t know much about its safety, efficacy, or potential uses.
Despite this lack of evidence, supplement manufacturers continue to gleefully make bold claims about the benefits of their supplements.
Garcinia Cambogia May Come with Dangerous Side Effects
Garcinia cambogia has been associated with a number of side effects, including that the diet may lower blood sugar levels. This can be dangerous for those who are currently taking diabetes medication or undergoing diabetes treatments.
Garcinia cambogia has also not been sufficiently studied in women who are nursing or pregnant. Its effects on the human body remain largely unknown – which is why these groups of patients (and anyone with any medical condition) should avoid taking garcinia cambogia.
Another problem associated with garcinia cambogia is liver toxicity. Specifically, certain ingredients in garcinia cambogia can lead to gastrointestinal problems and hepatoxicity (also known as liver toxicity).
Garcinia Cambogia Diet Pills Often Operate Autoship Scams and “Free Trial” Offers
Other lawsuits against garcinia cambogia diet pill manufacturers may complain about their use of “free trial” offers to attract dieters.
Basically, these free trial offers require you to pay a small fee for shipping and handling today. Then, you receive a full-sized garcinia cambogia supplement in the mail. Your credit card is charged the small fee for shipping and handling while also being quietly pre-authorized for a ludicrously high price for the full-sized supplement.
Some garcinia cambogia supplements charge your credit card $100 to $150 for a one month supply of 30 to 60 capsules, for example.
Worse, these free trials also subscribe you to an automatic shipment (autoship) program. That means you’ll continue to receive shipments of garcinia cambogia delivered to your doorstep every month and continue receiving charges on your credit card.
Many consumers have had trouble canceling their free trials and getting refunds. The scammy manufacturers using offers like this may be the subject of garcinia cambogia class action lawsuits in the future.
Who Should Join a Garcinia Cambogia Class Action Lawsuit?
The garcinia cambogia class action lawsuits that are currently being prepared across the country are meant for those who have suffered real harm from a garcinia cambogia supplement.
If you or a loved one has suffered negative medical effects as a result of a garcinia cambogia supplement, for example, then a class action lawsuit can help you recapture some of the medical costs and other expenses associated with your damages.
These class action lawsuits might also tackle another problem associated with garcinia cambogia diet pills: autoship programs and subscription-based scams.
Some people may also choose to join the class action lawsuit because they feel they were victims of false advertising. If you purchased a garcinia cambogia supplement expecting to lose weight, and followed the instructions given, but were not able to lose weight, then you may have a claim.
Ultimately, there are a wide range of ways in which garcinia cambogia supplements have committed real damages against Americans across the country. If you’re debating whether or not to join a garcinia cambogia lawsuit, your best option is to contact a personal injury lawyer in your local area and setup a free consultation.