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Sports Supplements Face Lawsuit Scrutiny

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on October 22, 2015 11:51 AM

The proliferation of sports nutrition companies and performance supplements has led to a proliferation of lawsuits regarding the content of the products and the veracity of their claims. Sports supplements are a billion-dollar industry and consumers are claiming that they're not getting what they pay for.

Some of these lawsuits attack supplement brands for false advertising, while others claim that products aren't accurately labeled. Here's a look at two recent lawsuits and what might happen:

Protein Powders Lack Protein

Several recent lawsuits against CVS Health and MusclePharm (a company that uses former Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger in its advertising) allege the companies are mislabeling their products. Specifically, consumers and third party testing labs are saying that supplements contain about half the protein listed on their labels. Because athletes and bodybuilders pay a premium for protein, the lawsuits claim the supplement companies have cheated their clients.

The Food and Drug Administration has strict requirements for labeling dietary supplements. If manufacturers and distributors are mislabeling their supplements, they could be liable for injuries or economic damages.

Legal Steroids Lack Steroids

Another lawsuit was filed in Florida, claiming products packaged and advertised as legal steroids were nothing of the sort. Matthew Tiger is suing Dynamic Sports Nutritional LLC and PBB Trademark Holdings LLC, claiming supplements by the name of Tren 75 and the "Summer Stack" of Test-600x, Clen, Var-10, Winn-50, and Deca 200 were pitched as similar to anabolic steroids, but don't provide the same results.

Tiger's class action lawsuit cites violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and is seeking restitution as a result of the companies' deception. State consumer laws ban false advertising and prohibit manufacturers from mislabeling their products.

The lesson here might be to get in shape the old fashioned way -- by reading an old People magazine on the elliptical machine.

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