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Bates v GNC

Bates v GNC

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1MarcL.Godino(182689)2mgodino@glancylaw.comGLANCYBINKOW
&
GOLDBERGLLP31925CenturyParkEast,Suite21004LosAngeles,CA90067Tel:(310)201-9150,Fax:(310)201-9160
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6Karin
E.
Fisch
(ProHacVicetobefiled)
7kfisch@abbeyspanier.comStephanieAmin-Giwner
(ProHacVicetobefiled)
8samin@abbeyspanier.com9ABBEYSPANIERRODD
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ABRAMS,LLP212East39thStreet10NewYork,NewYork1001611Tel:(212)889-3700,Fax:(212)684-519112AttorneysforPlaintiffandtheClass1314151617LYNETTEBATES,onbehalfofherself18andallotherssimilarlysituated,
FILED
2012FEBIS
P:1~:05
IH_
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTCENTRALDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA192021Plaintiff,v.22GENERALNUTRITIONCENTERS,23INC.,CELLUCORSPORTSNUTRITION,WOODBOLT24DISTRIBUTION,LTD.,WOODBOLT25MANAGEMENT,LLCand26WOODBOLTINTERNATIONAL,2728
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Defendants.
CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
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CaseNo.
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINTJURYTRIALDEMANDED
COpy
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CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINTPage2
Plaintiff,LynetteBates,byandthroughherattorneys,bringthisclassaction
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4(the"Class")againstGeneralNutritionCenters,Inc.("GNC"),CellucorSportsonbehalfofherself,andaclassofallothersimilarlysituatedpersonsdefinedbelow5Nutrition("Cellucor"),WoodboltDistribution,Ltd("WoodboltDistribution"),67WoodboltManagementLLC("WoodboltManagement"),andWoodbolt
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International.Plaintiffbringsthisactionforinjunctive,declaratoryand
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compensatoryreliefforviolationoftheCaliforniaconsumerprotectionlaws,breach101112
13.
14astoallothermattersuponinformationandbelief,basedupontheinvestigation15undertakenbycounsel,asfollows:16ofexpresswarranty,breachofimpliedwarrantyandunjustenrichment,Plaintiffallegesmatterspertainingtoherselfandherownactsuponpersonalknowledge,and
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
1.
ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthesubjectmatterpresentedbythis19complaintbecauseitisaclassactionarisingundertheClassActionFairnessActof2021
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23242005,Pub.
L.
No.109-2,119Stat.4(2005)("CAFA").UnderCAFA,thefederalcourtshavejurisdictionofaclassactioninwhichthereisdiversityofcitizenship,theamountincontroversyexceeds$5,000,000intheaggregate,excludinginterest25andcosts,andmorethantwo-thirdsoftheclassmembersarefromastateotherthan26thestateinwhichtheactionisbeingbroughtandtherearemorethan100members2728oftheproposedclass;
 
CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINTPage3
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AsrequiredbyCAFAand28U.S.C.§1332(d)(2)(A),thepartiesare
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diversesince.PlaintiffisacitizenoftheStateofCalifornia,defendantGNCisa
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4citizenoftheStateofDelawareandtheotherdefendantsareallcitizensoftheState
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ofTexas.
3.
Thetotalclaimsoftheclassmembersexceed$5,000,000inthe8aggregate,exclusiveofinterestandcosts,asrequiredby28U.S.C.§1332(d)(2)
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(5).Overtwo-thirdsoftheclassmembersarecitizensofstatesotherthan1011California,asrequiredby28U.S.C.§1332(d)(5)(B),andtherearewellover10012membersoftheproposedclass.
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VenueinthisCourtisproperpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(a)and(c)15sincePlaintiffresidesinthisDistrictandalldefendantsdobusinessinthisDistrict.
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EachoftheDefendantshaspromoted,marketed,distributedand/orsoldCellucorC-
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184Extreme("C-4Extreme")inthisDistrict.19
SUMMARYOFTHEACTION
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ThisactionarisesoutofDefendants'illegalanddeceptivepracticeof22promoting,marketing,distributingand/orsellingpurporteddietarysupplements2324which,unknowntoPlaintiffandotherconsumers,containadangeroussubstance25knownbymanynames,including"1,3Dimethylamylamine,""1,3
26
DimethylhexaneamineHCL,""1,3Dimethylhexaneamine""Methylhexaneamine,"2728and"Geranamine"(hereinafterreferredtoas"DMAA").AlthoughDefendants

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