Whenever you choose a diet plan, you may have two things in mind – either you want to lose weight or the diet plan is designed for you to abstain from certain things that may be due to your health complications. But what if you follow a diet plan to lose weight and you get health complications? Or they don’t just work at all? This exactly happened with people who use GOLO diet pills that claim instant weight loss. And what’s next? The diet pills manufacturing company was accused for providing unruly medications and faced a GOLO lawsuit. What is all the fuss? Let’s talk about it.
The truth behind GOLO Lawsuit
The GOLO lawsuit was filed by a number of complainants alleging the company for misleading advertisements and making false promises. According to The Law Advisory guide, the deceptive advertisement claimed GOLO supplements to be effective in weight loss while no matter even if your hormones are disturbed. The company website claimed that these diet pills will work to limit the insulin resistance in your bloodstream which is found to be the main purpose of weight gain. But it all backfired in December 2020.
A nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed by the lead plaintiff Vincenzza Bubak in 2021, which reportedly alleged the diet supplement manufacturers for systemic mislabeling of the products which lead society to significant harm.
Vincenzza claimed that she bought the pills in December 2020 online from the company’s website where they boasted about the magical effects of the pills in a natural way, she claimed in the Golo lawsuit.
It was also mentioned at The Law Advisory that GOLO advertised nationwide that these pills are a “natural solution to insulin resistance” which the manufacturer thinks is a chief barrier to weight loss. The lead plaintiff stated that the pills did not work at all as they were claimed on the website and asked for the refund she spent on purchasing the pills. She claimed that she had to spend her money on the handling and shipping cost of the product for which she has to be compensated.
The lawsuit further stated that;
“The Product is offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes,”
On the other hand, the GOLO company stated that the claims on the products are made on the studies backed by the company professional and were not from legitimate scientific publications – as the lawsuit reflects.
Also, according to Bubak, the misleading marketing advertisement claimed widely that these pills are clinically tested which was discussed in the Dr. Oz TV show as well.
At the same time CEO of the company Chris Lundin made his remarks denying the allegations, saying;
“As a company, our mission is to provide healthy lifestyle solutions to consumers and when false and fake reviews are given, we feel we need to protect consumers, as well as our brand. While we cannot change the untrue statements that aired on the show, we are committed to doing what is right to help ensure the well-being of consumers.”
The GOLO Lawsuit claims that GOLO LLC. violated different consumer protection laws regulated in California. Bubak has filed the class-action lawsuit under California’s false advertising Act and California subclass unfair competition law. For anyone in California who wanted to be compensated for the cost they bore against the GOLO supplement, Bubak is holding the company liable under the implied warranty breach.
The lawsuit asks for damage recovery, an audit on the complaints made prior against the company, class action certification, restitution, interest, legal fee recovery, and a trial against GOLO LLC.
The class-action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of California under Vincenzza Bubak’s name as a lead plaintiff.
Bubak has the legal backing of Trenton R. Kashima and Kevin J. Stoops of the law firm Sommers Schwartz, P.C. and Nick Suciu from Barbat Mansour Suciu & Tomina PLLC.
Not only California, but many states have witnessed numerous class action lawsuits against dietary pills for claiming misleading and false benefits. FDA – Food and Drug Administration in the United States voluntarily recalled other kinds of supplements and weight loss pills that claimed to be reducing weight and providing health benefits for its users. In Feb 2020, Belviq and Belviq XR supplements came to light for the same reason and the supplies were revoked.
The FDA found out after the clinical trial of the promoted Belviq & Belviq weight loss pills that the weight loss claiming pills are linked with the presence of harmful ingredients which lead to cancer symptoms.