On July 27, 2017 LML, LLP filed a consumer class action lawsuit against 7-Eleven, Inc. for mislabeling of its 7 Select Aloe After Sun Burn Relief Gel. The case, entitled Sandy Garcia, et. al. v. 7-Eleven, Inc. (Case No. 2:16-cv-05561) was filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California. The case alleges violations of California Commercial Code Sec. 2313; California Civil Code Sec. 1750; California Business & Professions Code Sec. 17500; and California Business & Professions Code Sec. 17200.
The case alleges that 7-Select Aloe After Sun Burn Relief Gel actually contains no Aloe Vera at all despite representations made on the product label that it does. The label contains the word “Aloe” and also depicts a graphic green leafed Aloe Vera plant. Additionally, the gel itself within the clear bottle is green, further leading a consumer to believe that the product contains Aloe Vera.
Ms. Garcia purchased the product believing it contained Aloe Vera. She specifically purchased it for its recuperative properties. LML, LLP had the product tested utilizing proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (H-NMR) and the results show that it does not contain any Aloe Vera. Further, Acemannan, a signature Aloe Vera chemical marker that indicates the presence of Aloe Vera was not detected. According to the International Aloe Science Council, (“IASC”), products that do not contain Acemannan are not considered to be true Aloe Vera.
Ms. Garcia is represented by Gerald B. Malanga, Esq. of LML, LLP’s Los Angeles Office. Mr. Malanga may be reached directly at (213) 985-1529.