Proposed Glucosamine Settlement Stiffs Consumers
Class-action settlement over supplement sold by Walmart, Walgreens and Supervalu provides little relief to consumers.
TINA.org objected — as amicus curiae — to a class-action settlement that sought to resolve claims filed against the marketers of Wellesse Joint Movement Glucosamine supplements for deceptively labeling them as able to rebuild cartilage and support joint comfort without competent scientific evidence to support such claims.
May 20, 2015: The Court grants final approval of the settlement agreement.
March 19, 2015: The Final Fairness Hearing is held in federal court. The judge hears oral argument from both parties, as well as from TINA.org, but reserves judgment on whether or not she will approve the proposed settlement agreement.
March 4, 2015: Plaintiffs file a response to TINA.org’s opposition to the proposed settlement.
February 18, 2015: The Court grants TINA.org’s Motion for Leave to file its opposition to the proposed settlement.
February 10, 2015: TINA.org files a brief as (Latin for “friend of the courts.”) A person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit but has a significant interest in the case and offers information that may be important to the court’s determination. opposing the proposed settlement reached by the parties, as well as a Motion for Leave to file the brief.
September 15, 2014: The parties reach a settlement agreement.
March 2013: Plaintiffs file a class-action complaint (which was later amended in May).
* The above events do not represent the entire procedural history of the case, but rather only highlights some key events pertaining to TINA.org’s involvement in the case.
Demands Real Change to Deceptive Marketing of Popular Supplement MADISON, Conn., Feb. 11, 2015 — Continuing its efforts to fight for settlements that are fair to consumers and mandate real changes…
TINA.org, continuing its efforts to oppose unfair settlements, files an objection.
Consumers report adverse reactions.