Yesterday, a federal district court in California dismissed a lawsuit against Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., which alleged that the company had made false claims about the ability of its Garcinia Cambogia Extract product to help people lose weight.
Vitamin Shoppe's label promoted the product as assisting with "Weight Management" and "Appetite Control." In Nathan v. Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., the plaintiff said that those claims were false, alleging that Vitamin Shoppe could not substantiate that the product helps people lose weight. The court disagreed, however, holding that "the phrases themselves do not inherently promise weight-loss benefits."
"Plaintiff does not allege any other statements, advertising, or other communications by Defendant promoting the Product as a weight-loss supplement."