Rite Aid manufactures and sells a house brand line of joint health dietary supplements products under the “Rite Aid” label, including: Rite Aid Glucosamine/Chondroitin., 2) Rite Aid Natural Glucosamine/Chondroitin; 3) Rite Aid Glucosamine Chondroitin Advanced Complex; 4) Rite Aid Glucosamine Chondroitin, Triple Strength I MSM; 5) Rite Aid Glucosamine Chondroitin + MSM; 6) Rite Aid Glucosamine Chondroitin Advanced Complex with HA; 7) Rite Aid Glucosamine Sulfate.
According to the labels on these products, the purported active ingredients are, among others, glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate. In its marketing of the Supplements, Rite Aid promises that they “help rebuild cartilage & lubricate joints”. While Rite Aid’s claims regarding the improved joint function associated with the Supplements are directed at anyone seeking to alleviate joint pain or stiffness, they are particularly directed at people suffering from osteoarthritis. Indeed, the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain and stiffness—the very symptoms the Supplements claim to remedy.
According to the complaint, the bulk of the reliable and published scientific studies demonstrate that Rite Aid’s claims are false and misleading.
As a result of Defendant’s deceptive joint health benefit representations, consumers including Plaintiff and members of the proposed Class have purchased products that do not perform as advertised.
Class: All consumers who, within the applicable statute of limitations period, purchased the Supplements within the State of New York.