Diet Food Maker Beats Thyroid Suit After Experts Were DQ'd

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 6:13 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit claiming Medifast Inc.'s soy-based diet products caused her hypothyroidism was tossed Wednesday when a Philadelphia federal judge ruled that her experts couldn't provide qualified, science-backed testimony linking the products to her condition.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage ruled that the endocrinologist who sought to link the 2016 onset of Angela Loverdi's thyroid disease with her use of Medifast meal substitutes couldn't point to adequate studies or evidence connecting the two, and a nutritionist who "wrote the book" on the risks of soy-based diets was not qualified to reach a medical diagnosis.

"Dr. [Jonathan] Williams couched his...

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