Tauler Smith Obtains Five Figure Sanctions Award Against Opposing Counsel for Attorney Misconduct

Los Angeles, Nov. 15, 2017 — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month dispensed with one of the complaints against Pablo David Cienfuegos, attorney Mona Deldar, and their businesses, granting the defendants’ motion to completely dismiss that lawsuit, defense attorney Robert Tauler announced. In addition, the court imposed $11,460 in sanctions against a large regional law firm.

“The court agreed with our argument that filing a second complaint after the court had already dismissed one lawsuit on the same facts was an impermissible attempt to circumvent a court order,” explained Tauler, of Tauler Smith LLP in Los Angeles.

Plaintiffs Joubin Sedgh and Adinja LLC allege that the defendants and their businesses, Serfin Capital Secured High Yield Income Fund, Serfin Capital LLC, and Deldar Legal, defrauded them in the sale and transfer of property.

“The court’s ruling sends a message that litigants can’t be bullied,” stated Tauler. “Just because a party engages a big firm, does not mean that they will get favorable treatment in court.”

Tauler Smith LLP specializes in high-stakes commercial litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of areas, including: false advertising, business disputes, and unfair competition.

Allergan PLC sues compounding pharmacies over false advertising

When Allergan PLC alleged false advertising in a lawsuit against large compounding pharmacies, Law360’s reporter turned to Robert Tauler for his insight and expertise on the Lanham Act. “I think this (litigation) may be groundbreaking,” he said. “If you are a large pharmaceutical company, it’ll have ripple effects if you start pursuing compounders.”

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‘Seminal’ Allergan Cases Test Copycat Drug Limits

Law360, New York (November 27, 2017, 11:08 PM EST) — Two recently filed lawsuits from Allergan PLC are teeing up a pivotal test of the extent to which drug compounders can mass-produce virtual copies of brand-name prescription drugs, attorneys say.
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The Guardian: U.K. sellers of deadly pesticide for weight loss unmasked in California lawsuit

The Guardian’s top health reporter published an exclusive, three-part package on a raid by British Food Standard’s Agency on the European operation of a Sacramento-based supplement company facing a lawsuit from Tauler Smith for selling the chemical DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol) for human consumption.

Excerpt: “The substance heats up the body’s metabolism, burning fat, but it can cause drastic overheating. Its victims’ organs literally cook inside the body. Once taken, there is no antidote…”

“DNP is basically pesticide coming out of a smoke stack and these folks are ingesting it and losing weight because their body is trying to get rid of it. It is ingested poison,” Robert Tauler told The Guardian.

The stories appeared in both the U.S. and U.K. versions of theguardian.com, as well as in print.

UK raids uncover suspected suppliers of deadly diet drug

A series of raids in northern England has uncovered an operation suspected of selling a deadly fat-burning chemical used by bodybuilders that has killed eight young people in Britain in the last two years.

Around 11 kilos of the chemical 2,4-dinitrophenol, known as DNP, was found last month at premises in Wigton, Cumbria, alongside other legal supplements and equipment that could be used for making tablets.

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Wall Street Journal reports on Tauler Smith’s battle against SARMs

A Sacramento sports supplement company faces litigation from Tauler Smith LLP for selling consumers Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMS), a class of experimental steroid-like drugs not approved for human consumption. Wall Street Journal legal reporter Jacob Gershman wrote that Robert Tauler is a “sheriff of the performance-enhancing supplement industry, going after vendors for falsely marketing SARMS as safe and natural, when they in fact are much more dangerous than advertised.
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Lawsuit: Consumers’ health at risk due to Sacramento supplement company’s false advertising claims

A false advertising lawsuit filed against an international sports supplement company based in Sacramento eventually caught international media attention, and the Sacramento Business Journal is covering all the major developments.

“This case is emblematic of the profound dysfunction in the nutritional supplement marketplace,” Robert Tauler told the Business Journal. “Low barriers to entry, high rewards and intermittent regulatory enforcement create perverse incentives for manufacturers and retailers.”

The Sacramento Business Journal has written several stories about the litigation and other interesting developments in this case.

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Sacramento lawyer ‘Dr. Tony Huge’ faces lawsuit over supplement claims

Former Sacramento-based bankruptcy lawyer Anthony “Dr. Tony Huge” Hughes and convicted fraudster Scott E. Cavell joined forces this year to form Enhanced Athlete Inc., which sells controversial bodybuilding supplements.

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Legal Loopholes For Dietary Supplements Must Be Sealed

Law360, New York (January 4, 2017, 11:29 AM EST) — Few parents would knowingly let their teenager buy a month’s cycle of anabolic steroids. But what if they’re just buying a container of “BroPower” — a fictional name for a real product which bills itself as “intended for use by hardcore athletes who are trying to gain extreme size and strength?”

Anyone with $89.99, plus shipping, gets a one-month supply to boost muscle mass, libido and “aggression in the gym.” The active ingredients include methylsten, listed as “a powerful strength builder, which does not aromatize into…

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