FileStewart and Lynda Resnick“You have to be on pomegranate juice. You have a 50% chance of getting it (prostate cancer),” Lynda Resnick tells the interviewer according to the FTC complaint. “It is the one thing that will keep your PSA (prostate specific antigen) normal. You have to drink pomegranate juice. There is nothing else we know of that will keep your PSA in check. Ask any urologist …”
In January 2013 the FTC issued a 54-page opinion upholding the complaint against Pom Wonderful and the Resnicks. The Resnicks appealed that opinion and it has taken more than a year for the case to reach the hearing stage, set for May 2.
In addition to the FTC’s complaint, a litany of consumer cases claiming the labels and ads were misleading have been filed in state and federal courts across the country. Many of the cases were combined into a single case in U.S. District Court in California under Judge Dean Pregerson.
Class-action status for the combined cases was granted in September 2012, with the class defined as anyone who had purchased any of the Pom Wonderful products in question from Oct. 2005 to September 2010.
However, in January this year, Pregerson decertified the class, meaning consumers will have to individually pursue legal action against the Resnicks and their company.