Most Mississippians believe that when they purchase products from a major national retailer they don’t need to worry about the safety of what they’ve bought. We expect the retailer will be trustworthy with their labeling and that they will insure what they sell is safe. Sadly this is not always the case. As the Huffington Post reported recently, the well-known sports and nutrition retailer, GNC, is under fire for selling unsafe products, and may possibly be liable for fraud as well as negligence relating to a major products liability claim.
The lawsuit against GNC was brought by Lynette Bates, a Southern California woman who bought a pre-exercise drink powder called C4 Extreme last summer. The drink promised users “explosive workouts.” According to her suit filed at the Los Angeles Federal Court, the drink contained a substance that was originally used as an over the counter decongestant. The compound, 1,3-dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA, is “illegal and dangerous,” according to the complaint. [Read more…]