Robbie Hargett Jan. 19, 2016, 12:48pm


SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California man is suing vitamins and nutritional substances companies, alleging their Vitamin E supplements do not provide any benefits as advertised.

Paul David Dachauer, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Jan. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against NBTY Inc. and Nature's Bounty Inc., alleging violations of California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.

The suit states the defendants manufacture, market, sell, and distribute mega-dose Vitamin E supplements under their brand name, Nature's Bounty, representing on front and back labels that these products promote immune, heart, and circulatory health.

According to the complaint, significant scientific evidence shows Vitamin E supplements have been conclusively proven to not provide any of these benefits. The suit says there is a consensus in the scientific community that the mega-dose Vitamin E supplements do not promote immune health or overall health, and that these supplements potentially increase the all-cause mortality rate in those who take them.

Dachauer and others in the class seek more than $5 million for restitution, injunctive relief, attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys Elaine A. Ryan, Patricia N. Syverson and Manfred P. Muecke of Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint in San Diego and Phoenix, Stewart M. Weltman and Max A. Stein of Boodell & Domanskis in Chicago, and Brian D. Penny and Laura K. Mummert of Goldman Scarlato & Penny in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-CV-00216-EDL

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