A federal judge ruled that the maker of DMAA diet supplements will face class-action claims that its product contains a powerful stimulant banned in professional sports.
In a March complaint, Stephen Rush said Nutrex Research and its founders violated California’s fair business laws by marketing the supplements as safe muscle builders despite alleged knowledge that the products were both ineffective and dangerous because of the use of the chemical stimulant
DMAA, according to Courthouse new Service.
Several countries, as well as Major League Baseball, have banned DMAA (geranamine), which is growing in popularity among young people as a designer “party pill.”
According to the complaint, Rush and his girlfriend bought two of Nutrex’s products – Hemo Black Rage Ultra Concentrate and Lipo 6 Black Hers Ultra Concentrate – and used them for a month and a half. The couple said they felt jittery, had feelings of anxiety and a racing pulse, and felt exhausted if they did not use the products, the complaint says.
Rush, who represents the class of Nutrex users, says he was unaware that the products contained DMAA and equally unaware that DMAA can cause stroke or death.
In her refusal to dismiss the charges U.S. Judge Laurel Beeler pointed out that Nutrex failed to directly address any of Rush’s claims, “which is the ordinary way of challenging claims in a complaint.”