Driven Sports Craze LAWSUIT (UPDATE: It’s Been Dropped!)

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FINAL UPDATE: This lawsuit has been DROPPED!!! See below for details, and get ready to trust in your CRAZE – you can find the best deals on this site after reading the info:

Driven Sports is very pleased to announce that the lawsuit started in 2012 by Newport Trial Group, claiming that the Driven Sports pre-workout product Craze® is unlawfully adulterated with amphetamine, has been dismissed. This is a huge win for Driven Sports and the thousands of loyal Craze® users!

Driven Sports has said repeatedly since this baseless suit was started, that Craze® does not, has not, and never will contain amphetamines, nor any other banned or controlled substance. The lawsuit dismissal is a great vindication for the Craze® product and the Driven Sports brand that has fought tirelessly to clear it’s name following this baseless accusation by California’s Newport Trial Group and plaintiff Aaron Karmann. The process has been dragged out for almost an entire year, based on their false belief that Craze® contains amphetamines.

Driven Sports has dozens of 3rd party independent lab reports documenting every single batch of Craze® ever manufactured. All reports clearly show that there are no amphetamines, nor any other banned or controlled substances in Craze®. Driven Sports demanded to see the lab report that the Newport Trial Group used as the basis for their lawsuit. The eventual lab report submitted by Newport in fact confirmed that Craze® did not contain amphetamines, nor any other banned or controlled substances. This supports Driven Sports’ position that the lawsuit was always without merit.

Craze® is a product backed by 4 double blind placebo controlled human safety and efficacy studies, with a fifth study in process. Driven Sports is eager to publish the results of these studies in the very near future. Additionally, the Craze® formula was reviewed by our on-staff board-certified endocrinologist prior to release, and also by an independent toxicologist who reviewed all of the available literature on the ingredients for the product.

Craze® was nominated for two awards at the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards, walking away with the award for Best New Supplement.

UPDATE – July 16, 2012 – Good Lord what a ridiculous fiasco this has all been. You know a supplement is freakin GOOD when there is this much hatred spewing from other supplement reps, manufacturers, lawyers, etc. So check below for the updated sections…

UPDATE 2 – Oct 2, 2012 – The update is that there is no update. CRAZE still sells like crazy and most users still love it. In fact, it won the 2012 BB.com New Supplement of the Year Award!

On March 16, 2012, a man named Aaron Karmann sued Driven Sports, makers of the hot pre workout supplement named Craze. Craze’s popularity has risen due to the sheer energy and focus that it gives to its users… leading some unnamed industry experts to believe all along that there was something “off” with this supplement. Some kind of adulteration. And now it is possibly coming to court.

You can download a scanned PDF of the lawsuit here: www.nitricoxiderx.com/Driven_Sports_Craze-Lawsuit-20120316.pdf

Let’s go over what’s happening, and we’ll keep the discussion wide open here, as well as add updates as they come (update on June 7, 2012: There have NOT been any updates!) And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click this link to read about Driven Sports Craze and see price comparisons on it before it possibly disappears!

But long story short, we think this is yet another frivolous lawsuit from a jealous competitor, and we continue to support and love Driven Sports until they are otherwise proven guilty.

What’s Behind the Driven Sports Craze Lawsuit?

The jist of what’s going on is this:

  • Driven Sports Craze Lawsuit

    Click Here to see the Full Lawsuit

    A few of Craze’s ingredients specifically mentioned in the lawsuit are Dendrobex and Citramine. Dendrobex™ is Dendrobium Extract (Stem), concentrated for alkaloid content including Dendrobine, Dendroxine, Dendramine, B-Phenylethylamine, N,N-Dimethyl-B-Phenylethylamince, And N,N-Diethyl-B-Phenylethylamine, while Citramine™ is Citrus Reticulata Extract (Fruit), concentrated for N-Methyltyramine content. Both of these have higher dosages than the caffeine content, as an FYI.

    The deal is that these are made synthetically and not an extract. That in itself is not illegal and can be completely compliant with the FDA’s DSHEA regulations, but the problem is that Driven Sports is reported not to have filed an “NDI”, or New Dietary Ingredient notification. When a compound is made synthetically, and behaves similarly to an amphetamine to boot, you may be asking for lots of trouble.

    So under under Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), this is illegal to sell due to said lack of NDI notification. It’s the fact that they’re synthetically created that is a huge problem here.

  • The suite CLAIMS that the main ingredient is quite nearly an “amphetamine” under the Federal Analog Act. We put this in quotes because something doesn’t need to be a true amphetamine to fall under the act — it just needs to be structurally similar. Is it structurally similar? I don’t know, I’m not a biochemist and I haven’t seen this stuff — but I do know that there’s definitely something “extra” going on in Craze. I’ve used every freakin supplement on this site (yep, I’m a stim junkie like many of you), and CRAZE is a notch above the rest. To me, this is for the better.. So this classification, at the end of the day, could be legit, but if it’s coming from naturally extracted plants, then that is still perfectly legal.

  • IF the above two bullet points are true, and I can’t tell you if it they are or not…. then this post by Matt Cahill of Driven Sports could be tons of trouble. Also shown to the right.

  • “Rest assured, the FDA will look into this,” the naysayers say. They’ve been looking at DMAA, which has recently proven to be safe, and everyone’s awaiting their decision there. They are no longer turning a blind eye to this industry, for better or for worse. The FDA can investigate all the want, if Cahill is being honest, then Driven Sports has nothing to fear.

  • Further rest assured that starting a lawsuit like this is a total pain in the ass, costly, and time consuming, and it would not have been brought up if there wasn’t credence to at least some of the claims above. There will be toxicology reports and chemical analyses done very soon (we’ll update you – but since it’s been months and nothing has been released, we are further pressed to believe this is a BS lawsuit).

    But at the same time… a lawsuit is just that – a suit. Nobody is guilty yet, and nothing is illegal yet. Anyone can get sued for anything. Whether it’s worth the time and money, and whether it will get thrown out by a smart judge, is another question.

  • Our July 2012 Updates

    Things have gotten a bit wild on another discussion forum. Expecting them to get taken down, I’m going to post screenshots and host them here. Two things are in play – the lawsuit discussed in this post, and further arguments and ensuing “legal action” between Driven Sports and Patrick Arnold, who owns and runs several “competing” companies in E-Pharm Nutrition and Prototype Nutrition (probably many more too).

    “Shakedown Artist”

    First off, Matt Cahill (CEO of Driven Sports) basically confirms what we’re saying about this being a frivolous lawsuit, by calling the lawyer a “shakedown artist”:

    The Feud with Patrick Arnold, and Test Results for N-Benzyl PEA

    Meanwhile all this other nonsense is going on, you can see from the image above that Patrick Arnold then added fuel to the fire by stating he received a sample of CRAZE that was tainted with N-Benzyl PEA.

    This then opened a huge can of worms that still goes on today, and you’ll see Driven Sports’ response. The story behind this is that someone merely sent Patrick a sample baggie of something, which then contained these ingredients.

    The funny thing is that, even by Arnold’s own admission, N-Benzyl PEA is not even an impressive ingredient… so there’s no reason anyone would do this!!

    At this point, Driven Sports is rightly pissed off — They have been libeled by a competing company. Not only that, but he had no “chain of custody” proving that the product was 100% untouched and manufactured by Driven Sports.

    So eventually, the DS lawyers sent a letter to Arnold telling him to no longer mention anything untrue, derogatory, or inaccurate about the product. Not surprising, since he has competing interests.

    Meanhwile, DS still “needs” to show that the product is not tainted with unlisted ingredients — illegal or not. Sound the war drums:

    Note that this thing lists a TON of illegal drugs there. This is great to see. Also note that this was posted to many different forums. I nabbed this shot off bb.com.

    Anyway, now it’s popcorn eating time, with another explosion of arguments. Furthermore, Patrick Arnold claimed he received another tub from another lot, and tested it, but due to being silenced, he wouldn’t post anything about it.

    So one lot doesn’t have N-Benzyl PEA or any of the other illegal stuff… but everyone wants to know if ALL lots are like that. Cahill claims all lots get tested. So here’s your response:

    So there. Can we put this to rest yet???

    Cahill is a trustworthy guy and I fully believe this… as suggested in the rest of this post. When you push the
    limits on new products, you’re going to have people come after you in all angles. It happened to USPLabs (hell, it still is), and now it’s happened to DS.

    More Lawsuits against Driven Sports are Rumored to Come…

    The frontman for the “shakedown artist” mentioned above claims that another lawsuit is coming in New Jersey (the one above is in CA) – it should have been released the same week. We’ve seen nothing months later. More BS?

    Additionally, WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency) may have to deal with this as well, and is getting the FDA involved. No updates on that.

    CRAZE is still not tripping drug tests, CRAZE is still being used successfully. But it is a performance enhancer – anyone who’s run a race on this stuff can tell you that much. WADA might have to look into it to keep the playing field level. If I’m competing, and it’s not illegal, then I’m using CRAZE. End of story.

    Who is Responsible for all of these Lawsuits?

    One would ask why people are suing Driven Sports over this.

    One answer is that some competitors will do whatever it takes to destroy another competitor, and Craze was getting a bit too hot and stealing business from others. Consider this: Back in 2008, USPLabs was practically a nobody. If BSN, MuscleTech, Optimum Nutrition, and any other “big boy” could have taken them down back then, don’t you think they would have? Jack3d basically obliterated those companies’ bottom lines (and within reason – it’s far better than anything all of those companies ever even pipe dreamed at the time – and priced to sell).

    Nobody is going to take that chance twice with DS Craze.

    But the other answer that’s been discussed in the forums is that responsible supplement companies are taking advantage of the FDA’s hypocritical bylaws and warnings. We work in a very loosely-monitored industry, and that has some incredible benefits for business, users, and the advancement of health technology. We need to watch over each other to makes sure that we don’t ruin it for ourselves – and many believe that Driven Sports took the lack of monitoring way too far with Craze. Most don’t, and time will tell when we determine if CRAZE can truly be natuarally synthesized.

    I personally believe it’s a bit of both.

    The third answer is that it’s just some businessman who wants to make a stink and make some money with lawyers – but I think there’s more to it than that. Overall… the press received about this lawsuit was GOOD for CRAZE business. Sales are WAY UP.

    Then there’s a fourth option: drug companies protecting their turf. Adderall is a billion dollar business – and you better bet that they’re going to attack anything that might steal their precious, drug-addicted business. If big pharma is coming down on this, just like it might have been behind the DMAA takedown ‘warning’ letters… get ready for a nasty ride.

    A Further Bit of Conspiracy…

    This news was all leaked by someone in the supplement industry who is NOT the plaintiff. They go by heavyd12 in the forums and have created new accounts on sites like BB.com and Anabolic Minds. It will be interesting to see who this is. None of this information was leaked by us here, we’re just reporting on it.

    So What Should I get instead of Craze?

    In the meantime, if you were looking at buying Craze, just beware. We think it’s perfectly fine. In fact, we love the stuff. Nobody is guilty until proven innocent, and DS has stand-up leadership.

    Note: You can now find more info on CRAZE at http://www.crazepreworkout.com

    If you’re worried, you can consider moving on to another focus-based pre workout supplement, such as Jack3d (which does have DMAA, recently proven to be safe but is under FDA fire) or Athletic Xtreme Supersize (both highly ranked in our Best Pre Workout Supplement page).

    One bit of funny irony: We will admit that I renamed the title of our Craze page to “Driven Sports CRAZE – Focus SO Intense, This Can’t Be Legal!” so that it would get more clicks on Google due to the interesting headline. Little did we know… we may have been right!!

    But at the end of the day, we’re marking this one as frivolous. Carry on and get your CRAZE on.

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    1. Chris 02. Aug, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Wow, Patrick Arnold slagging another company’s products. Shocker!

      Whatever “mystery ingredients” there may be, I’m willing to bet that they’re no more harmful than ephedra and DMAA, and those are gone now. I dread the day Craze gets banned–best PW I’ve ever used.

      • Admin 22. Aug, 2012 at 9:00 am #

        The good news is that nobody has been able to truthfully prove that there is anything tainted in Craze. The question is whether or not some of these new plant extracts are truly from plants. If not, then there’s serious trouble, so I hope DS has them extracted. If they are from plants, then that grants a great bit of safety from the FDA – it’s DSHEA compliant.

        The big question at the legal/congressional level with these cases seems to be this: Is it the FDA’s job to show that something is harmful, or is it the manufacturer’s job to prove that it is SAFE?

        With the backlash from both Congress and the citizens on the whole DMAA thing, it looks like the FDA has taken a step back — for now. There are far bigger fish to fry. Prescription drugs have been killing hundreds of people daily. But we all know who’s in the FDA’s pocket.

        Will be interesting to keep an eye out. It’s not just USPLabs and Driven Sports that will be affected..

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