Federal Litigation News: JPML Denies Testofen Consolidation

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - The national lawsuit news site 247LawsuitNews.com has published a new article on a recent decision handed down from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).* Plaintiffs in national testosterone lawsuits seeking compensation for damages caused by the supplement known as Testofen have been denied consolidation as a multidistrict litigation (MDL). 247LawsuitNews.com provides timely news and information on federal product liability lawsuits.

The denial to consolidate Testofen lawsuit is based on multiple matters of concern, according to the article. Only two lawsuits were involved, each naming a different defendant; multidistrict litigation is typically reserved for large batches of cases filed against a common defendant. One of the cases** brings claims against GNC / Gencor, for its marketing of the substance and Force Factor, LLC; the other case*** names only the manufacturer, Force Factor, LLC, as the defendant, according to the article.

In each of these Testofen lawsuits, plaintiffs allege the testosterone supplement was fraudulently marketed, making false claims as to the substance‘s efficacy in raising testosterone levels, according to the article. While the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation deemed there to be "some common questions of fact", consolidation was judged to be unproductive at this point, according to a court document, the Order Denying Transfer, which was issued by the JPML.

Testofen is a nutritional supplement derived from fenugreek seed, and is not subject to FDA approvals processes, according to the 247 Lawsuit News article. However, the substance has been subject to investigation by federal regulators to determine whether it can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular problems according to the new piece. The two lawsuits collectively called into question the marketing practices and safety of at least 22 products which listed Testofen as an ingredient, according to the news article.

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**RYAN, ET AL. v. GENCOR NUTRIENTS, INC., ET AL., C.A. No. 2:15-01209

***CAMEY, ET AL. v. FORCE FACTOR LLC, C.A. No. 1:14-14717

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