A class action lawsuit alleging that Joint Juice doesn’t really lubricate joints as advertised has been removed to federal court. The plaintiff claims that Joint Juice is advertised as a line of joint health dietary supplements that will support and nourish cartilage, lubricating joints, and improve joint comfort. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with Scott Hardy from Top Class Actions.

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Farron Cousins:                  Every year as a country, we here in the United States spend hundreds of millions of dollars if not more on health products. And I’m not just talking about health food, I’m talking about supplements or other products that tell us they’re going to help our bodies as we get older. And as such as they continue to make these claims that their products may not live up to, they become the subject of new lawsuits.

Joining me now to talk about one of these latest lawsuits is Scott Hardy from topclassactions.com. So Scott, let’s start by talking about this, this Joint Juice class action. This was actually this the product I, I’ve never actually heard of, but apparently a lot of people have, have used this product because it told them it was going to make their joints better. And as the lawsuit states, really didn’t happen at all did it?

Scott Hardy:                          Exactly. The, the issue we have with the, the Joint Juice class action and that we have with a lot of these glucosamine class actions is that there’s not a lot of scientific studies to back up the effect of glucosamine. And specifically if you’re taking glucosamine, you might have to take a whole heck of a lot of it. It’s kind of like the probiotics we’ve talked about in the past. So the, the question becomes what are people actually drinking Joint Juice for?

And as the class action states, people are buying Joint Juice to try to go ahead and help your joints out, help their knees, help their elbows up their shoulders. But the, the active ingredient in it, which of course is a mix of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate doesn’t actually do anything scientifically, at least. At least there are no major scientific studies that support their, their statement that Joint Juice will help your joints.

And of course you’ve got a lot of older people that are buying these, they have arthritis, they have other problems and they’re hoping that this, what the class action alleges, is really just kind of over-priced Gatorade or water. It’s going to hydrate you but it’s not going to hydrate your joints. And that’s what the class action is trying to help out the buyers of Joint Juice with is to get some money back in their pockets because they feel this is more of a modern day snake oil.

Farron Cousins:                  It’s really interesting and you just touched on this is the fact that there, there’s really no studies to back this up. And we see that with a lot of these, you know, vitamin drinks, vitamins themselves, there’s actually no US regulatory body that checks in on these supplements that they investigate these supplements. It’s really a very unregulated market and that gives these, you know, producers of these things.

It kind of gives them a little bit of leeway to make the claims that they want to make because there’s nobody looking over their shoulder. And, and that’s one of the main reasons why, why lawsuits like this are so important. The regulators don’t exist for this particular industry and the only way to hold them accountable or to get them to stop, you know, being deceptive in their marketing is through these lawsuits.

Scott Hardy:                          Exactly. You know, without a class action you would have the, you know, the Joint Juice manufacturer continue to sell their drink to, you know, consumers in the US and those consumers may or may not go ahead and keep buying it. And I’ve had friends say, well Scott, let the market determine if this is going to be a valid product or not. Well, the problem is people will keep buying it because they’re getting promises that it’s going to help them. And they may not even know that it’s not helping them.

They might be taking it, they might be taking additional Tylenol or other supplements that are actually impacting themselves, not knowing that the Joint Juice according to the class action doesn’t actually do anything for consumers. And that’s why we’ve got these class action attorneys that are, are going after these types of claims. And I personally know at least one of the attorneys that’s involved in this class action. And I can tell you that, you know, this, this specific sector is his bailiwick.

This is what he goes after. He knows this area of law and supplements and what works and what doesn’t and what are valid cases to go after. So I think Joint Juice is going to have a very uphill battle in trying to beat this, at least with these lawyers at the helm.

Farron Cousins:                  And you really can’t, you know, understate this enough. The fact that we do have a problem in the US today when it comes to, you know, pharmaceutical drugs being overpriced, pharmaceuticals being dangerous, especially a lot of the ones we’ve seen over the last 20 years for joint pain and stiffness and arthritis and things like that. So if, if, if consumers think, well, hey, you know, I don’t have to spend $500 on this prescription, maybe I can start taking this joint juice, you know, before the problem gets really bad and kind of head it off, make it better, help me with my pain, be able to get through the day a little bit easier without having to pay hundreds of dollars for prescription drug.

That again, as we’ve seen the last 20 years, could kill you. We have seen plenty of these major pharmaceuticals designed for arthritis or, or, or other joint ailments that have resulted in people dying from them. There’ve been major lawsuits with that. So yeah, we have a public that is afraid of, of drug companies, both for price gouging and for product safety.

And then you have these, these companies come in like, like the Joint Juice people and they say, well, hey, you don’t need the, the expensive prescription drugs. We can help you with our product because it has glucosamine and we’re gonna make all these claims about glucosamine. So I don’t want to say that there’s nobody we can trust right now but it, but it almost feels like that at times when we go through these stories.

Scott Hardy:                          Right. Do your research. If you’re a consumer and you’re going after, you’re taking something like this and you think it might help, let Google do some research for you. See how effective that that supplement is. Do a search for glucosamine clinical studies and see how effective it is and more importantly see how much of a certain supplement you would have to take for it to be effective.

Because you’re going to have a lot of people that will say, hey, this has a magic substance in it, which is clinically proven to cure your ills, but they don’t put enough in it, of it in the actual drink or food or whatever they’re giving you to make it effective.

Farron Cousins:                  Absolutely. Beautifully spoken. Great Advice, Scott Hardy, topclassactions.com. Always a pleasure talking to you and if anybody wants more information about this or any of the issues that Scott and I discuss, follow the link in the description of this video. Head on over to topclassactions.com, everything you need as a consumer is right there for you. Scott Hardy, thank you very much.

Scott Hardy:                          You’re welcome. Thanks for your time Farron.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced