GOLO Lawsuit Update (2024)

Explore the GOLO class action lawsuit, its allegations, legal issues, current status, and implications for future litigation in this comprehensive update.

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GOLO Lawsuit Update (2024)

GOLO became the defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in 2021. A manufacturer of diet and weight loss supplements, GOLO was faced with scrutiny over claims that it engaged in deceptive marketing to sell its products.

In this article, we’ll look at what GOLO sells, how they sell it, and why they’re facing a class action lawsuit. We’ll also uncover the latest updates in the GOLO lawsuit.

What Is GOLO?

GOLO is a weight loss company that markets itself as a holistic health and wellness program. It was founded in 2009 with the goal of helping individuals achieve sustainable weight loss.

Insulin resistance is a key component of GOLO’s philosophy. According to GOLO, insulin is tied to metabolism, body weight, aging, and general health. GOLO claims that its supplements are a safer and more effective alternative to diet plans or injection drugs.

GOLO’s program combines a dietary supplement called Release with a meal plan designed to regulate insulin levels and promote fat loss through balanced metabolism.

What Is The Lawsuit Against GOLO?

The lawsuit against GOLO is a class action. It was filed by lead plaintiff Vincenzza Bubak individually and on behalf of other GOLO consumers. In general, plaintiffs claimed that GOLO had engaged in deceptive marketing practices to mislead consumers about the effectiveness of its products. The lawsuit sought damages to be paid to class members who purchased products from GOLO.

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Allegations Against GOLO

Plaintiffs in the GOLO lawsuit made three allegations:

  • GOLO implied its products could cure or mitigate disease
  • GOLO provided consumers with inadequate instructions to use its products
  • GOLO made misleading claims that its products were “clinically proven”

Implied Disease Claims

Federal laws on dietary supplements make it illegal to promote a dietary supplement with claims that it can “mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent a specific disease or class of diseases.” Plaintiffs claimed that GOLO’s marketing of its products to address “Insulin Resistance” implied an ability to treat several diseases related to insulin imbalance, such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Inadequate Instructions Claims

Next, plaintiffs claimed that GOLO failed to provide instructions for using its products that met regulatory standards. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires drugs to include directions that would allow a regular person to make safe and effective use of the drug. Plaintiffs claimed that GOLO offered products for health conditions that should not be self-diagnosed or treated by laypersons. Therefore, they claimed the directions were inadequate.

Clinically Proven Claims

Finally, plaintiffs claimed that GOLO engaged in misleading advertising by claiming its products are “clinically proven” to work. While GOLO relied on some pilot studies to bolster their claims, plaintiffs alleged this is not sufficient to use the “clinically proven” language. Such claims typically require peer reviewed clinical studies, which GOLO’s products had not undergone.

Laws at Issue in the GOLO Lawsuit

The GOLO lawsuit alleged multiple violations of both federal law and California state law. The laws at issue included:

Lawsuits involving drugs and dietary supplements often cite a variety of state and federal laws. Working with a lawyer familiar with dangerous drugs, consumer protection, or defective products law can help you build a strong case. Fill out the form on this page to get help today.

Current Status of the GOLO Lawsuit

In January 2024, the judge approved GOLO’s motion to dismiss. As a result, the class action lawsuit was dismissed and judgment was entered in favor of GOLO. So far, no new class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of consumers who have used GOLO products.

Other Dangerous Drug Lawsuits

While the class action lawsuit against GOLO was dismissed, that lawsuit was only one of several legal actions filed against diet supplement companies and drug manufacturers. Here are a few notable examples:

  • Hydroxycut. Several lawsuits, including class actions in the US and Canada were filed against the maker of Hydroxycut. Many of the lawsuits were settled for confidential amounts.
  • Ozempic. As of February 2024, at least 55 lawsuits against the makers of Ozempic had been consolidated into one multidistrict litigation. The lawsuits allege that manufacturers failed to warn doctors and patients of potential serious side effects.
  • Tylenol. Multidistrict litigation is pending against the makers of Tylenol over claims that using the drug during pregnancy could cause previously undisclosed side effects impacting children, such as development of autism or ADHD.
  • Sensa. In 2014, the marketers of Sensa agreed to pay $26.5 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over claims the company deceived consumers with invalid weight-loss promises.

Cases like these have the potential to secure millions for harmed consumers. Claims need to be valid and it helps to discuss your individual situation with a qualified lawyer to know what your case may be worth. Fill out the form on this page to connect with a knowledgeable lawyer near you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • GOLO’s dietary supplement, Release, is not approved by the FDA. However, this is because the FDA does not approve supplements for safety or effectiveness. The ingredients in Release supplements are included on the FDA’s “Generally Recognized as Safe list.

  • The class action lawsuit against GOLO was dismissed, so it is no longer possible to join that lawsuit. An individual lawsuit could be suitable if you were directly harmed by GOLO’s products or misled by GOLO’s marketing. Fill out the form on this page for a case evaluation.

  • GOLO has been criticized for making broad claims without support from neutral research. Critics say that the program provided by GOLO is expensive and complicated to follow, without providing clear benefits other than general diet and exercise advice.

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