‘Counterfeit’ Nature’s Measure Glucosamine Supplements Sold by Dollar Tree Contain No Glucosamine Sulfate, Class Action Says
Shields v. Dollar Tree, Inc.
Filed: May 19, 2023 ◆§ 3:23-cv-00925-JLS-BLM
A class action lawsuit claims Dollar Tree has misled consumers by selling glucosamine sulfate supplements that, in fact, contain no glucosamine sulfate.
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A proposed class action lawsuit claims Dollar Tree has misled consumers by selling glucosamine sulfate supplements that, in fact, contain no glucosamine sulfate.
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The 34-page lawsuit says that the front label of the Nature’s Measure supplement describes the product as “Glucosamine Sulfate,” and the back-label “Supplement Facts” panel indicates that each tablet contains 500 milligrams of “Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCl.” Despite these representations, independent lab testing has revealed that the supplements contain no glucosamine sulfate, but rather a blend of potassium sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, a form of glucosamine widely considered to be less effective than its sulfate counterpart, the suit relays.
“The lab test did not simply show that there was … less [glucosamine sulfate] than the label claimed—the test showed that there was … no [glucosamine sulfate] in the pills that were tested,” the complaint shares.
The products’ marketing is misleading because the labels in no way suggest that the Nature’s Measure items actually contain glucosamine hydrochloride and potassium sulfate, the case argues.
The filing explains that glucosamine, a natural substance taken as a supplement to help treat joint pain and symptoms of arthritis, is available in two forms: glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Per the lawsuit, consumers favor glucosamine sulfate and are willing to pay more for it because it is “clinically preferred” over glucosamine hydrochloride and commonly believed to perform better.
By law, a food product such as the supplement at issue is misbranded if its label fails to list the name and quantity of each ingredient found inside, the suit says.
ClassAction.org previously helped with this glucosamine supplement lawsuit investigation.
According to the case, the plaintiff, a Los Angeles resident, would not have paid as much for a bottle of Nature’s Measure glucosamine sulfate, or purchased it at all, if he had known the supplement did not in fact contain glucosamine sulfate, as advertised.
The lawsuit looks to represent anyone in the United States who purchased Nature’s Measure-brand glucosamine sulfate dietary supplements within the applicable statutes of limitations period.
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