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Zantrex-3

In December 2013, plaintiff Ashley Brady filed a class-action lawsuit against Basic Research, the company behind Zantrex-3. In the suit, reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was cited for false advertising by endorsing Zantrex-3, a weight-loss and energy pill. The charges against the manufacturer claimed that Zantrex-3 was a glorified caffeine pill that could be harmful to both people with heart disease and the obese. The lead plaintiff argued that the combination of caffeine, yerba mate, green tea, and guarana were not only unsafe, but also ineffective for weight control and appetite suppression. Brady won on charges of unsubstantiated representations of the dietary supplement. These false advertising claims were namely that the pill was sold as effective for rapid weight-loss without the need for diet and exercise.