Released: 11/1/2012

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. Defeats Class Action Lawsuit in California Court

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Fry

November 1, 2012 – Edgewood, MD – Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. announces that they have defeated a Class Action lawsuit in a California Court. In April of this year a California law firm filed a Class Action lawsuit against Nutramax Laboratories Inc.’s Cosamin®DS Joint Health Supplement.

Cosamin®DS has set the standard of excellence for glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate products. Cosamin®DS was the first glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate product on the market worldwide nearly twenty years ago, and it has been proven effective in placebo controlled, published, U.S. clinical studies to reduce joint pain.

Yet the lawsuit claimed that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, the two main ingredients in Cosamin®DS, do not relieve joint pain as advertised. The California-based law firm brought a class action contending that Cosamin®DS advertising related to joint pain and cartilage protection were false.

The federal court, however, agreed with Nutramax Laboratories’ arguments that class certification was not appropriate. Apart from the wealth of scientifically sound, clinical studies that established Cosamin®DS has beneficial effects, the court agreed that the claims and allegations failed. The attorneys decided not to pursue an appeal of the court’s decision to deny class certification and instead dismissed the case. This Class Action victory is the first of its kind among many class actions filed against glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate products in federal and state courts across the country.

Dr. Robert Henderson, Chairman and Founder of Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. was pleased about the success that Nutramax Laboratories and its counsel at Bowie & Jensen, LLC achieved, but also recognized that class action lawsuits have become an epidemic that threaten the fabric of reputable companies at a very difficult time for businesses. Dr. Henderson stated, “We are very pleased to have defeated this lawsuit, but our success in this frivolous action is unfortunately not the norm. The legal system is being inundated by these types of lawsuits brought by lawyers who appear to be driven by the possibility of big settlement payouts. Attorneys are officers of the court and should be held accountable when bringing these types of cases that tie up our legal system.” Added Dr. Henderson, “These cases hurt consumers and employees in America, because businesses are then forced to divert resources to pay defense attorneys to fend off these lawsuits, when they could be spending the same funds expanding opportunities that create new jobs and new products. Going forward, Nutramax Laboratories will reconsider its position to sell our new human products in states such as California, which support these types of anti-business/anti-consumer laws.”

About Nutramax Laboratories, Inc:

Founded in 1992, Nutramax Laboratories is a private, Christian-based company with facilities in Lancaster, South Carolina and Edgewood, Maryland. The corporate entity has three business divisions: Consumer Products, Veterinary Science, and Agriculture Products. Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. is an industry leader in setting and adhering to high standards in manufacturing and quality control. Additionally, Nutramax Laboratories supports laboratory research and clinical studies on its products. Many of these studies have been published and/or presented in medical, veterinary and other health-related journals and publications. For more information, visit or call 1-800-925-5187.


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