ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - A St. Louis woman is suing a multivitamin manufacturer over allegations it misrepresented the amount of vitamins and minerals in its products.

Jennifer Dougherty filed the lawsuit on April 3 in St. Louis Circuit Court against Source Naturals, Inc. claiming the amount of six vitamins and minerals in its multivitamins were off by as much as 90 percent. The defendant removed the case to U.S. District Court for the EasternDistrict of Missouri on April 3.

Dougherty said she purchased the products online for about $20 in November. According to the lawsuit, Source Naturals advertised that its multivitamins contained 12,500 IU per serving of vitamin A.

However, testing showed that the product contained as much as 90 percent less of the Vitamin A that was advertised, the suit says. Testing also showed that the vitamin B-3 contained in the product was about 19 percent less than represented; calcium per serving was about 22 percent less; zinc was under by about 24 percent; manganese was under by about 36 percent; and magnesium was under by about 12 percent than what Source Naturals claimed, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks class action status for those that purchased the multivitamins and seeks less than $5 million plus court costs. The $5 million figure represents a threshold for removal under the Class Action Fairness Act.

Among its arguments for removal is that a jury could find there are more than $5 million in damages at issue.

Dougherty is represented by Matthew H. Armstrong of the Armstrong Law Firm, LLC in St. Louis. 

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