A California resident has filed a putative nationwide class action against the company that makes “AdrenaLean,” alleging that it is falsely advertised as containing Hoodia Gordonii, an African cactus, with appetite-suppressant and fat-incinerator capabilities. Singleton v. Exclusive Supplements, Inc., No. BC542886 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty., filed April 17, 2014). According to the complaint, laboratory testing showed that the product contains no Hoodia Gordonii and thus “cannot provide the results promised, cannot perform as Defendant claims, and does not contain the active ingredients promised.”

The plaintiff also alleges that the defendant promises “fast acting energy, appetite suppression, and weight loss minus the jittery side effects,” despite adding caffeine and yohimbie, “both of which cause jitters,” to the product and promises “‘no crash’ even though caffeine causes a crash.” Accordingly, the plaintiff claims, “not only is Defendant falsely claiming what ingredients are actually present in its Product, but all of Defendant’s claims based on the ingredient’s capabilities are completely false.”

Alleging violations of the state’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act, the plaintiff seeks damages, restitution, injunctive relief, interest, attorney’s fees, and costs.