See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/15/5193294/parents-of-dead-soldier-sue-diet.html for the brief story.
I wish them luck. More then anything else, medical fraud is one of my all time top pet peeves. People get dead this way.
As much as I dislike the supplement industry we’ll have to see if they can prove proximate cause here. One death that occurred after a product was used is not in itself proof that the product lead to the death. They are going to need to show a pattern of injuries that can convince a jury.
I do have a bit of a problem though with people making stupid decisions and then trying to blame someone else for them. No doubt companies that promote products like this without ensuring they are safe should be held liable but the consumer has to accept some responsibility too. Supplements are not FDA approved and yet people take these things without doing any real research on them. They read the manufacturers propaganda or ask their gym rat friends about it and thats where their due diligence often ends. How do you put something into your body that purports to have powerful effects without taking a few minutes to do some research especially in this day and age when so much is a few keystrokes away?
I’m also curious why the base commissary was selling this stuff. These guys are a captive audience. It would be a perfect opportunity to influence the health of our service men and their families in a positive way if they asked the medical staff to review what is sold there.