Lawsuit Over Atkins Diet Clears First Legal Hurdle
Plaintiff Jody Gorran
A landmark lawsuit spotlighting the dangers of the Atkins diet cleared its first legal hurdle on November 2. Judge Susan Lubitz of Palm Beach County Court ruled in favor of Jody Gorran, a 53-year-old Florida resident who is suing Atkins Nutritionals for the life-threatening artery blockage he suffered after more than two years on the diet.
PCRM is providing legal representation for Gorran. His case was filed in late May; the first hearing was held on October 26. Judge Lubitz has denied Atkins Nutritionals’ motion to dismiss the case.
A former volunteer fireman and advocate for children’s rights, Gorran is motivated by his desire to protect others from a diet he feels nearly killed him. By requesting only a small amount in damages—less than $15,000—Gorran is making it clear that he has not filed this suit to make money. He is also seeking an injunction preventing the sale of Atkins books and products without fair and adequate warnings about the dangers of the diet.
Do you know someone who’s been harmed by a low-carb diet?
PCRM maintains a Web-based registry at www.AtkinsDietAlert.org for those people who believe they’ve sustained health problems from low-carb, high-protein diets. If you know someone who fits this description, please encourage him or her to register with us as soon as possible.
PCRM is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to analyze the registry data and is also preparing case histories for publication. Read a report on the data gathered as of May 2004.