One of the favorite claims of all kinds of products in recent years is that they “detoxify” the body. The complaint for this class action alleges that this and claims of relief of muscle pain made for Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt products are false.
The complaint shows an image of a bag of Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, made by Parfums de Coeur, Ltd. Directly below the product name is a band that reads, “Detoxify & Energize with Ginger & Clay.” On a panel to the right below are several other claims about what the product can do, including “Eases aches and soreness from muscle pain.” The complaint alleges that both these claims are false.
The complaint alleges that “the only legitimate meaning of ‘detoxification’ refers to a medical treatment undertaken in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances, usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol or other poisons in the body.” The complaint charges simultaneously that the company “uses this term in an attempt to give scientific legitimacy to its bogus claims.”
As to the muscle soreness claim, the complaint says that “it is biologically impossible for the magnesium in the salt to penetrate human skin to the degree that would be required to have any meaningful effect on muscle soreness.” It quotes a number of scientific sources to support this conclusion.
The complaint lists consumer protection statutes in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia that it alleges are violated by the false claims.
The class for this action is all persons or entities who made retail purchases in the US of the products at issue, for personal use and not for resale, within the applicable limitations period. In the alternative, it proposes a New York state class.
The products at issue include these varieties of Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution:
They also include these products: