Makers of health supplements allegedly misled customers about effectiveness

By Shaun Zinck | Aug 4, 2015

Schwabe North America is being sued in federal court in California for allegedly falsely advertising the benefits of its Ginkgold Products.   United States District Court in California

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - The makers of a health supplement are being sued in federal court for allegedly misleading customers in the effectiveness of the products.

Kathleen Sonner filed the lawsuit on July 7 in U.S. District Court in California against Schwabe North America and Nature's Way Products, the makers of Ginkgold Products.

The companies advertised that Ginkgold Avanced Ginkgo Extract and Ginkgold Max Advanced Ginko Extract Max would help improve “memory, concentration, mental sharpness and overall brain health.”

The lawsuit, however, said the claims were false, and don't provide the promised results when taking the ginkgo biloba-based herbal supplements.

“These claimed cognitive health and brain function benefits are the only reason a consumer would purchase the Ginkgold Products,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants’ advertising claims, however, are false, misleading, and reasonably likely to deceive the public.”

The supplements cost about $20 for a bottle with 150 count, the lawsuit said.

Sonner is seeking class action status for those who purchased the products. She is also seeking damages in excess of $5 million plus court costs.

Sonner is represented by Timothy G. Blood, Thomas J. O'Reardon II and Sarah Boot of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 5:15-cv-01358.

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