The following article was written by Spencer Wingate.
Last Friday, Nutronics Labs filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball in Broward County, Florida. The company claims MLB’s false and misleading statement concerning their deer velvet supplement has led to over twenty million dollars in losses. Nutronics, being represented by Francisco Javier Calvo, contends that in July 2011, MLB issued an unsubstantiated letter warning major and minor league players to stop using the product because it was contaminated with methyl-testosterone. The product is a banned steroid that was added to the list of potentially contaminated nutritional supplements. Nutronics Labs insists this is unfounded and the banned steroid is not contained in its’ product. They wrote a letter to MLB hoping to conduct a test with a lab proving their claim. Since the league did not respond, they submitted a test with their lawsuit that reports the product is steroid free.
When young deers’ antlers began to grow, the blood supply and nerves are lost. The deer rub their antlers against trees and the substance is then harvested to produce Nutronic’s supplement. From the deer, velvet Insulin-like Growth Factor is produced that has medicinal and performance qualities. Nutronics asserts for over fifteen years, they have held exclusive rights to the best, purest, and most potent deer antler velvet supplement on the market. They claim their product is the ultimate health, muscle, and anti-aging factor that allows for peak performance along with quick recovery for athletes. Nutronics states it was sold worldwide to professional athletes and the public through the top nutritional companies before MLB warned players against using their product. It was an alternative to banned performance enhanced substances throughout the globe.
MLB’s requirement for players to stop ingesting it has since entered into the public domain leading to a variety of incidental and consequential damages. Companies like Aquapail, Inc. and Apollo Global Group have terminated their business relationships with Nutronics. According to the suit, business relationships have been extensively and irreparably damaged through the false statements. Nutronics has dealt with decreased business opportunities, loss of endorsements, potential medical claims, damaged reputation, and hindrance in the marketplace. They are accusing MLB of libel for communicating and publishing a malicious statement. They are seeking a second cause of action for international interference with contractual and economic relations, as a result of the damages enacted to their business relationships. Nutronics is seeking a judgment determined at trial, punitive damages, injunctions to prevent further false claims, and anything else the court deems just.