Shaun Zinck Feb. 10, 2015, 10:10am


A class-action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on Feb. 2 alleged the company mislabeled its herbal products.

Shane Sparks alleged in the suit that the company's Spring Valley brand of dietary supplements does not contain the ingredients listed on its label.

The lawsuit specifically points out Spring Valley's Echinacea, Gingko Biloba, St. John's Wort and Ginseng products. Spring Valley is Wal-Mart's generic brand of supplements. 

The suit came during the same week that the attorney general for the state of New York issued a cease-and- desist letter to Wal-Mart demanding that the company stop selling the mislabeled products.

The lawsuit seeks class status for anyone who purchased the product between Feb. 4. 2010 and the present. It also is asking for more than $5 million in damages, plus court costs.

Sparks is represented by Kenneth R. Shemin, of the Shemin Law Firm, PLLC; Thomas P. Thrash and Marcus N. Bozeman, of Thrash Law Firm, P.A.; Dewitt M. Lovelace and Valerie Lauro Nettles, of Lovelace and Associates, PA; Charles J. LaDuca and Taylor Asen of Cuneo Gilber & LaDuca, LLP; and Ben F. Pierce Gore, of Pratt & Associates.

United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas Fayetteville Division case number 5:15-cv-05031.

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