APPELLATE DIVISION UPHOLDS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT IN MMA FIGHTER’S SHED RX CONTAMINATION CASE.
Craig Annin Baxter Law partner Jeffrey S. Craig worked with Howard Jacobs to vindicate and obtain compensation for Yoel Romero whose rise in MMA rankings was detoured by contamination of a Gold Star supplement he took, after diligent inquiries and in reliance of Gold Star’s representations, as part of his training regimen. Gold Star’s SHED RX product was contaminated with a banned substance causing Romero to fail a screening. Finding that Gold Star violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, a trial court awarded a multi-million dollar judgment. The Appellate Division reviewed the judgment and upheld the trial court on one category of trebled damages, modified one aspect of the judgment, and remanded a third category of damages for further consideration. The modified award now totals $12,450,000 with the potential for that to be increased to compensate Romero for harm to his reputation. Yoel Romero v. Gold Star Distribution, LLC d/b/a Gold Star Performance Products, A-0379-20 New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division decided June 24, 2020.