Recently, Staywell Research, a company based in California that owns and
operates Medicus Research LLC, is being sued for violating state laws
by failing to provide compensation to participants of a medical study.
In addition, the company is being sued for committing fraud.
One plaintiff states she signed an agreement with Staywell Research, consenting
to a weight loss study. In the contract, the company stated she, and other
participants, would receive a certain amount of compensation in return
for their participation. After signing the agreement, Staywell Research
denied the plaintiff access to the contract or any copy of such. The plaintiff
signed the contract in July 2013 and still has not received any amount
The plaintiff stated she believes more than tens of thousands of Californians
have been deceived by Staywell Research in the same manner. Other participants
have stated that when they call the company, they are unable to speak
to a representative. Additionally, many participants have stated that
when they approach the company with walk-in requests, they are met with
Well over 20 complaints have been filed against Staywell Research since
January 1. The complaints have been filed with the Business Consumer Alliance
and state the company broke contracts which were to award as much as $1,500
to participants of the study. Furthermore, Staywell Research is facing
a lawsuit for violating the California Protection of Human Subject in
Medical Experimentation Act.
Golomb & Honik, P.C.’s Attorney Kenneth Grunfeld will represent
the proposed class of study participants. The case will be held in the
Superior Court of the State of California in Los Angeles.