Nature's Products Hit With $3.3M Verdict Over Prolab Recall
By Beth Winegarner
Law360, San Francisco (October 24, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal jury ruled Thursday that Nature's Products Inc. owes Natrol Inc. $3.3 million for breaching contracts controlling the production of Prolab protein powder that was later recalled for being mislabeled as gluten-free, while also finding Natrol had breached the contract and must pay $747,000 in damages.
The jury found that Nature's Products, which Natrol had hired to produce the whey-based protein powder, had violated the pair's manufacturing contract requiring the product to be gluten free, as its labels claimed. The product contained wheat-based glutamine...