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May 31, 2017

Judge Bars Osmosis Defendants from Selling Drinkable Sunscreen and other “Harmonized Water” Products in Iowa during Pending Consumer Fraud Lawsuit

Preliminary injunction follows March consumer fraud lawsuit against Colorado doctor and businesses alleging “dangerous” health claims for so-called “harmonized water” products

(DES MOINES)  An Iowa judge has ordered the Colorado makers of “drinkable sunscreen” and other so-called “harmonized water” products to stop selling them to Iowans while a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by Attorney General Tom Miller is pending.

In a preliminary injunction filed in Polk County District Court, District Court Judge Scott D. Rosenberg ordered Osmosis LLC, Harmonized Water LLC, and Benjamin Taylor Johnson, to refrain from selling the company’s harmonized water products to Iowans until Miller’s lawsuit, filed March 14, is resolved. The preliminary injunction followed an evidentiary hearing earlier this month at which Johnson testified.

The order finds the harmonized water products in question “may jeopardize the health of Iowans by giving a false sense of security, curability and immunity by use of Defendants’ various products.”

The ruling cites several products and product claims, including Osmosis’s claims that ingesting its harmonized water products prevents sunburn, mosquito bites, and acne; treats psoriasis, eczema and joint pain; assists with infertility and thyroid deficiencies; and cancels the negative effects of pathogens.

The trial is set for March 19, 2018.

For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Consumer Protection Division through the Attorney General’s website at www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov or email directly to consumer@ag.iowa.gov. Consumers can also call the Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926, or outside the Des Moines area, toll free, at 1-888-777-4590.

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