Joint Juice Products False Advertising of Benefits California Class Action

Premier Nutrition Company sells a line of “Joint Juice” products that purportedly help users with osteoarthritis. The complaint for this class action allege that the company’s advertising and labeling of these products are false and misleading.

The class for this action is all persons who bought any Joint Juice product in California between March 1, 2009 and June 20, 2016. The Joint Juice products include at least the following:

  • Joint Juice supplement drink
  • Joint Juice On-the-Go Drink Mix
  • Joint Juice Easy Shot Supplement

The complaint calls the Joint Juice product “glucosamine joint health products” and “glucosamine-based dietary supplement[s.]” According to the complaint, it advertises these products “for the treatment, prevention, and cure for osteoarthritis and to treat the symptoms commonly associated with osteoarthritis…”

The complaint claims, “Primarily through deceptive product labeling, [Premier] promises that Joint Juice will support and nourish cartilage, lubricate joints, and improve joint flexibility.” The labels claim Joint Juice “helps keep cartilage lubricated and flexible” and tells consumers to “drink daily for healthy, flexible joints.”

However, the complaint alleges, the claims made for the product are false and misleading.

The active ingredients in the drinks are supposedly 1,500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride and 200 mg chondroitin sulfate. The complaint alleges that other glucosamine products contain glucosamine sulfate, and that glucosamine hydrochloride is a cheaper substance.

For credibility, the company shows the Arthritis Foundation logo and one of its television commercials features former football player Joe Montana.

The complaint also reports on “Tips” on the company’s website, such as “Chronic shoulder problems usually lead to symptoms of decreased range of motion and pain due to poor mechanics” and “Muscle imbalance in the hips can lead to abnormal movement, which, over time can lead to cartilage damage.”

The complaint alleges, “Joint Juice does not play any special or unique role in the synthesis or repair of cartilage molecules. A healthy joint does not need exogenous glucosamine or chondroitin because it maintains its structure and function from the body’s abundant source of glucose and proteoglycan synthesis. The process is only disrupted as a result of disease.” However, the Joint Juice packaging shows an FDA-required fine-print statement saying that the product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Furthermore, it claims that randomized clinical trials have shown “that the ingredients, alone or in combination, are not effective at producing joint health benefits, including reducing joint pain, discomfort, or stiffness, or increasing mobility, range of motion, or flexibility.” The complaint thus alleges that the products are unable to provide the benefits advertised.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Joint Juice Products False Advertising of Benefits California Complaint

October 23, 2020

Premier Nutrition Company sells a line of “Joint Juice” products that purportedly help users with osteoarthritis. The complaint for this class action allege that the company’s advertising and labeling of these products are false and misleading.

Joint Juice Products False Advertising of Benefits California Complaint

Case Event History

Joint Juice Products False Advertising of Benefits California Complaint

October 23, 2020

Premier Nutrition Company sells a line of “Joint Juice” products that purportedly help users with osteoarthritis. The complaint for this class action allege that the company’s advertising and labeling of these products are false and misleading.

Joint Juice Products False Advertising of Benefits California Complaint
Tags: Claims Unsupported By Scientific Evidence, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Item Does Not Do What It Is Advertised to Do