Report: #796033

Complaint Review: zipfizz

  • Submitted: Tue, November 08, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, November 12, 2011
  • Reported By: No2zipFizz — Atlanta Georgia United States of America
  • zipfizz
    18303 Bothell Everett highway suite 140
    Millcreek, Washington
    United States of America

zipfizz riley livingston, rob paluch, adrian vicente, jason stricevich, joe psaradelis, eleanor barranger, terri elwood, george larsen, josh ramirez, mary elizabeth smith, shannon enlow, denine mackie, laurie zipfizz ripoff's everyone, CON-ARTIST'S, Millcreek, Washington

*Consumer Comment: What a long comment, what does it say?

*Author of original report: Update on Rob Paluch. Don't even try to clear your name CON-ARTIST

*Author of original report: additional information

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The owner and all that work for him are pure scum and con-artists! This product costs pennies to make according to Vince Buono a former Regional Manager that resides in Virginia,! made of the lowest quality ingredients. Google them, there are people all over getting sick. The sweetener Xylitol will kill a dog, google it I am telling the truth.

Zipfizz Review by Kevin Moses a San Diego Licensed Nutritionist claims below:

Heres my Zipfizz review. I am continually trying new products and assessing them for myself and my clients. Today I wanted to share my thoughts about a energy drink called Zipfizz.

I purchased a case of 24 from Costco around 2 weeks ago. I have been consuming 1 day for the past 10 days. Im going to share my experience in this short video clip and explain why I have stopped taking this energy drink.

by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News Posted on January 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM

LYNNWOOD, Wash. [continued below]....
..... - Twelve-year-old Austin Lloid and his mom spent Saturday online, researching the ingredients inside of the energy drink mix "Zipfizz." They believe something inside of the 11 gram package made Austin violently ill. "He was profusely throwing up and everything that was in his stomach came up that day," said Austin's mother, Cheri Crews. Austin says a classmate offered him and several others the powder Thursday at Martha Lake Elementary. "I licked my finger and took some and put it on my tongue and it started fizzing and 15 minutes later my stomach started hurting really bad," he said. By nightfall he was in the emergency room. "I'm livid. It's taking every ounce in me not to say something to the manufacturer," said Crews. The principal of the school says at least five others got sick, at least three of them were taken to emergency. Zipfizz president and CEO Riley Livingston said the package clearly says it should be mixed with water and that it's not intended for children. "The green tea and the caffeine levels from the green tea probably caused their problems," said Livingston. Austin said his classmate purchased the mix from Walgreens. A store clerk told us they're not obligated to refuse the sale of it to children; there isn't a warning on the label, but rather a recommendation. "I'm also amazed to find the M&M's almost the same package and label," said Crew, who also wants to see a change in the packaging.

Livingston said they'll certainly consider it. "I'm definitely going to look into it and hopefully nothing like this will happen again," he said.

Zipfizz is based in Mill Creek. In regards to energy mixes, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. There have been reports throughout the country of kids getting sick from drinks and powders. They're stimulants and often their bodies are not able to handle them.

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#1 Consumer Comment

What a long comment, what does it say?

AUTHOR: ZipFizz drinker - ()

 Xylitol is used by ER's in IV bags to help regulate blood flow to the head. Which Eliviates migraines. It does not have aspartame. It has less caffiene than 1/3 cup of coffee. I have suffered migraines for 20 years. Been on numerous medications and have been hospitalized countless times. Since I quit drinking coffee and energy drinks and switched to ZipFizz. I am off all medications and have not been to the hospital once...

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Update on Rob Paluch. Don't even try to clear your name CON-ARTIST

AUTHOR: Advocate206 - (USA)

U.S. v. Paluch (unpublished) 
United States of Amercia 
84 Fed. Appx. 740 (9th Cir. 2003) 

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Summary:   The court first concluded that venue was proper for the smuggling charges and the conspiracy charge. On evidentiary matters, the court found that a hearsay statement in support of the conspiracy was admissible under Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(2), and another challenged statement was not hearsay under Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1). Turning to the convictions, the court found that his convictions of felony conspiracy and smuggling were supported by sufficient evidence. The court rejected his argument that the general smuggling law was inapplicable to the acts for which he was convicted because Congress had separately criminalized this conduct as a misdemeanor under the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, the conspiracy necessarily encompassed the commission of a felony in which both participated. Regarding sentencing, and U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual 2Q2.1(b)(1), the court rejected his argument that there was no evidence that he was paid for his participation in the conspiracy or that he had a financial motive. Among other sentencing issues, the court also upheld actions taken under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual 2Q2.1(b)(1), 2Q2.1(b)(2), 2Q2.1(b)(3)(A), 2B1.1. 

Judge (Memorandum) delivered the opinion of the court. 

Opinion of the Court: 
FN* The Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, sitting by designation.MEMORANDUM [FN**]FN** This disposition is not appropriate for publication and may not be cited to or by the courts of this circuit except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3.Robert Paluch was convicted of three counts of smuggling merchandise into the *743 United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. 545, and one count of conspiracy to smuggle merchandise, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The district court sentenced him to 24 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He challenges his conviction and sentence on several grounds. We affirm. [FN1]FN1. In a separate published opinion filed concurrently herewith we address a Speedy Trial Act claim of Paluch's co-defendant Beau Lee Lewis. Paluch raises claims of his own and also expressly adopts Lewis's briefs. By failing to move for dismissal on the basis of the Speedy Trial Act before the district court, however, Paluch has waived his right to raise that issue on appeal. 18 U.S.C. 3162(a)(2). None of the other issues raised by Lewis is meritorious as to Paluch; we discuss in this disposition only the issues raised directly by Paluch.VenuePaluch argues first that his and his alleged co-conspirators' conduct occurred entirely within Phoenix, Arizona or outside the United States-not in Oakland-and that the District of Arizona, not the Northern District of California, is therefore the proper venue. However, an offense involving the use of the mail, including importation, may be prosecuted in any district through which the imported item moved. 18 U.S.C. 3237(a). Because the illegal shipments were sent through the Northern District of California, venue was proper there.Paluch next argues that, although some of the shipments passed through Oakland, there was no evidence that the December 3, 1997 shipment (count 33) did so, and that venue in the Northern District of California was therefore improper as to that count. The government, however, may prove venue through direct or circumstantial evidence, United States v. Childs, 5 F.3d 1328, 1332 (9th Cir.1993), and the district court may base its factual determinations justifying venue on the basis of reasonable inferences. See United States v. Trenary, 473 F.2d 680, 682 (9th Cir.1973) (holding that venue was proper in district through which "it was more reasonable than not" to think defendants drove, because it was the shortest route). Past practice may serve as the basis of such inferences. See, e.g., United States v. Aldridge, 484 F.2d 655, 659 (7th Cir.1973) (finding that evidence of a business custom to send certain mailings from a particular office was sufficient to support venue for a charge of mail fraud in the district in which the office was located). While there is no direct evidence of the port of entry for the December 1997 shipment, the five other shipments sent by Federal Express between December 1997 and August 1998 moved through Oakland. The district court reasonably inferred from that fact that the December 1997 shipment moved through Oakland as well. Venue as to the 1997 shipment was therefore proper.Paluch next argues that venue in the Northern District of California was improper with respect to the conspiracy count because all of the conspirators resided either in Phoenix or Malaysia, all of their acts occurred within Phoenix, and their only contact in the Northern District of California was PacRim, a fictitious company. Venue for a conspiracy charge is proper in any district where an overt act is committed in furtherance of the conspiracy. United States v. Antonakeas, 255 F.3d 714, 726 (9th Cir.2001) ( "It is not necessary that the defendant himself have entered or otherwise committed an overt act within the district, as long as one of his coconspirators did."). Having concluded that venue was proper for the smuggling charges, we therefore find no basis for upsetting the district court's determination as to venue for the conspiracy charge.*744 Evidentiary IssuesPaluch challenges the admission of Morrison's statement that Beau Lewis had told him on May 2, 1997, about a proposed smuggling scheme that Lewis and Paluch had devised. A co-conspirator's statement is admissible against a defendant as an exception to the hearsay rule if the government proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the statement was made during the course of and in furtherance of the conspiracy. Fed.R.Evid. 801(d)(2); United States v. Bowman, 215 F.3d 951, 960-61 (9th Cir.2000). That the conspiracy was in existence at the time the statement was made is supported by a taped conversation between Lewis and Morrison twelve days later, in which Lewis explained that Paluch at that time worked as a delivery driver and that "he thinks he can do it"; by recorded conversations between Lewis and Morrison throughout late May, in which Lewis continued to describe his and Paluch's ongoing efforts to enlist other Federal Express employees into the conspiracy; and by the fact that the smuggling was eventually conducted in a manner similar to that described in the hearsay. That the hearsay statement was in furtherance of the conspiracy is supported by the fact that the statement was a description of the modus operandi of the eventual criminal activity to someone the speaker believed to be his co-conspirator. The district court did not err in admitting the statement.Paluch also challenges the admission of Jeffrey Bevan's statement that Paluch had attempted to enlist him in the conspiracy. A statement is not hearsay if the declarant testifies at trial and the statement is consistent with his testimony and used to rebut a charge of recent fabrication, improper influence, or motive. Fed.R.Evid. 801(d)(1). Bevan testified at trial, Paluch attempted to impeach his testimony through prior inconsistent statements, and the challenged statement was consistent with Bevan's trial testimony. Bevan's statement was therefore admissible.ConvictionPaluch argues that his conviction of felony conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 was not based on sufficient evidence. A conviction is supported by sufficient evidence if, in viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the government, a rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. United States v. Alonso, 48 F.3d 1536, 1543 (9th Cir.1995). The elements of conspiracy are 1) an agreement to accomplish an illegal objective, 2) along with one or more acts in furtherance of that objective, and 3) the intent necessary to commit the underlying substantive offense. Id. There is ample evidence that Paluch agreed with Lewis to accomplish an illegal objective, including the testimony of three of his coworkers at Federal Express that he tried to bribe them to divert packages; co-conspirator Jeffrey Miller's testimony that Lewis told him that Paluch had diverted packages at Federal Express; and Lewis's taped statement that he and Paluch devised the Federal Express smuggling system together. While some of the testimony against him was inconsistent, the inconsistency goes to the credibility of the witnesses and is unreviewable on appeal, United States v. Burns, 701 F.2d 840, 842 (9th Cir.1983). Moreover, although none of the witnesses actually accepted his bribes, the mere fact that his acts in furtherance of the conspiracy were unsuccessful does not relieve Paluch of liability. See United States v. Lim, 984 F.2d 331, 336 (9th Cir.1993) (unsuccessful attempts to conceal conspiracy were in furtherance of it).*745 Paluch argues similarly that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of smuggling in violation of 18 U.S.C. 545. The elements of a violation of the smuggling law are "(1) defendant fraudulently or knowingly, (2) imported or brought into the United States, (3) any merchandise, (4) contrary to law." United States v. Patel, 762 F.2d 784, 790 (9th Cir.1985); see 18 U.S.C. 545. Paluch contends that there is insufficient evidence that he participated in the three illegal shipments for which he was convicted under 545. However, a co-conspirator is liable for the substantive offenses in furtherance of the conspiracy, even if he did not personally participate in them. United States v. Miranda-Uriarte, 649 F.2d 1345, 1353 (9th Cir.1981). Because the jury had sufficient evidence to find Paluch guilty of conspiracy, and because there is sufficient evidence to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that all six of the shipments were part of the same conspiracy, Paluch was properly convicted of the underlying smuggling offenses. Furthermore, there is evidence linking Paluch to these shipments, including Luebking's testimony and that of Jeffrey and Mona Bevan.Paluch also argues that the general smuggling law is inapplicable to the acts for which he was convicted because Congress has separately criminalized this conduct as a misdemeanor under the Endangered Species Act ("ESA"). See 16 U.S.C. 1538(c)(1) ("It is unlawful for any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to engage in any trade in any specimens contrary to the provisions of the Convention, or to possess any specimens traded contrary to the provisions of the Conventions...."). As Paluch is aware, we rejected essentially the same argument in United States v. Lee, 937 F.2d 1388, 1397 (9th Cir.1991) (holding existence of Lacey Act misdemeanor penalty for the unlawful importation of wildlife does not remove wildlife from the scope of the general smuggling statute); see id. ("We conclude that Congress desired that section 545 continue to apply to unlawful importations of fish and wildlife."); see also United States v. Batchelder, 442 U.S. 114, 123-24, 99 S.Ct. 2198, 60 L.Ed.2d 755 (1979) (holding that "when an act violates more than one criminal statute, the Government may prosecute under either...."). Paluch offers no reason-nor are we aware of any-that we should apply a different analysis in this case.Finally, Paluch contends that the conspiracy verdict against him was ambiguous as to whether he was convicted of misdemeanor conspiracy or felony conspiracy. The jury, however, expressed in a special verdict sheet a finding that the conspiracy encompassed objectives that were felonies, as well as objectives that were misdemeanors. Furthermore, because Paluch and his co-defendant were convicted of the same felony in connection with the same shipment, the conspiracy necessarily encompassed the commission of a felony in which they both participated.SentencingFirst, Paluch argues that the district court erred in finding that the offense "was committed for pecuniary gain or otherwise involved a commercial purpose," U.S.S.G. 2Q2.1(b)(1), because there is no evidence that he was paid for his participation in the conspiracy or that he had a financial motive. There is, however, abundant evidence that Lewis, who regularly sold reptiles for profit, engaged in the conspiracy for commercial purpose, and that the goal of the conspiracy was to obtain reptiles to sell. Furthermore, there was testimony that Paluch referred to the reptiles as "commodities," he admitted to having sold reptiles in the past, and he *746 attempted to persuade his coworkers to join the conspiracy by offering them cash payments. Neither is there evidence that Paluch was operating with any other purpose in mind.Second, Paluch contends that the district court erred in finding that the wildlife "created a significant risk of infestation or disease transmission potentially harmful to humans, fish, wildlife, or plants ..." U.S.S.G. 2Q2.1(b)(2). Paluch argues that an increase on that basis is not warranted because there is no evidence that the particular animals he imported were diseased. However, as Paluch recognizes, we have held that the increase is justified where the offender violated a wildlife regulation designed to protect public health, regardless of whether the particular animals with which the offender was involved were infected with any disease. United States v. Narte, 197 F.3d 959, 963-64 (9th Cir.1999) (adopting reasoning of United States v. Eyoum, 84 F.3d 1004 (7th Cir.1996)).Third, Paluch challenges the district court's adjustment upwards based on a finding that the value of the wildlife was $90,800, under U.S.S.G. 2Q2.1(b)(3)(A) ("If the market value of the fish, wildlife, or plants (i) exceeded $2,000 but did not exceed $5,000, increase by 1 level; or (ii) exceeded $5,000, increase by the number of levels from the table in 2B1.1 (Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud) corresponding to that amount.") and U.S.S.G. 2B1.1 (stating that if the value of the wildlife exceeds $70,000 then eight levels are to be added.) Paluch argues that, because he did not commit the offense for pecuniary gain, the value of the wildlife should not be considered. However, nothing in the sentencing guideline supports Paluch's assertion that the value of the wildlife may be considered only if the offense was committed for pecuniary gain. Rather, the adjustments for pecuniary gain and market value are separate, discrete portions of the Guidelines. Compare U.S.S.G. 2Q2.1(b)(3)(A) (market value) with 2Q2.1(b)(2) (pecuniary gain).Paluch also argues that the district court erred by including with the market value of the wildlife for purposes of Paluch's sentence all the animals in all six of the illegal shipments although Paluch was charged for the substantive offense in connection with only three of those shipments. However, for a shipment to be considered, it must only have been both reasonably foreseeable to Paluch and committed in furtherance of the joint criminal activity. United States v. Whitecotton, 142 F.3d 1194, 1199 (9th Cir.1998). Actual knowledge of a coconspirator's actions is not required. See United States v. Garcia, 909 F.2d 1346, 1350 (9th Cir.1990). In light of Paluch's involvement in the planning and execution of the shipments for which he was convicted, the district court did not clearly err in finding that the other shipments were reasonably foreseeable to him.Fourth, Paluch contends that adjusting his sentence both because the offense was committed for pecuniary gain and based on the market value of the wildlife constitutes impermissible double counting. However, no double counting occurs when the sentencing provisions in question account for different aspects of the defendant's conduct. United States v. Haggard, 41 F.3d 1320, 1327 (9th Cir.1994). The sentencing adjustment based on commercial purpose is applied based on the motive for the offense, while the adjustment based on market value is designed to account for the magnitude of the harm the defendant caused. There was therefore no double counting.Finally, Paluch believes that the district court erred in failing to apply a downward adjustment because his involvement in the scheme was less than that of *747 his co-conspirators. He argues that he was at most a "minor participant" in the conspiracy, and that because the conspiracy was so poorly executed and his ability effectively to smuggle so limited, he should be sentenced only as a "minimal participant." See U.S.S.G. 3B1.2. An adjustment because the defendant's participation was "minimal" or "minor" requires that he be "substantially less culpable than the average participant," U.S.S.G. 3B1.2, Comment 3(a). The relevant comparison is the scope of the defendant's participation in relation to that of his co-conspirators. United States v. Benitez, 34 F.3d 1489, 1498 (9th Cir.1994). Although Paluch was charged and convicted for the substantive offense in connection with only three of the illegal shipments and there was some evidence suggesting that he was unaware of some other illegal shipments, the scheme to ship wildlife via Federal Express was at least in part dependant on Paluch's role as a Federal Express employee. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Paluch picked up at least one package, and he attempted to recruit three other people for the conspiracy. Although Paluch may have been less culpable than Lewis, who orchestrated the scheme, he was more culpable than other co-conspirators, one of whom, for example, merely picked up one package. The district court did not clearly err in finding that Paluch was not substantially less culpable than the average participant.ConclusionFor the foregoing reasons the conviction and sentence are AFFIRMED.
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A federal judge recently denied an attempt by Monster Energy marketer Hansen
Beverage Co. to hamper rival energy brand Redline, produced by VPX, by
derailing its advertising claims.

Hansens suit alleged Redline Power Rush 7-Hour Energy Boost fails to live up
to its promotional claim of keeping consumers amped to the max for seven
hours. That failure, Hansen said, constitutes a violation of the Lanham Act a
federal law that governs trademark disputes and false advertising and should
bar VPX from using that claim.

However, Judge Irma E. Gonzalez ruled Dec. 30 that Hansen offered too little
evidence that the company would suffer irreparable harm without the requested
injunction. She also pointed out that Hansen waited nearly a year after the
Redline products Sept. 2007 debut to file for a preliminary injunction, which,
the judge said, suggested that Hansen didnt believe Redline Power Rush had a
serious impact on itsbusiness.

Hansen has filed a number of lawsuits against other beverage companies in the
past year, including complaints against energy shot marketers Zipfizz and N2G Distributing, as well Muscle Milk maker
CytoSport, who also produces an energy drink.

Their litigious route follows other dominant companies in the energy category.
Living Essentials, makers of 5-Hour Energy, recently won an injunction against
6-Hour Energy, a shot that used very similar to the category leader. Red Bull
has also sued bars and night clubs that substituted other energy drinks when
patrons asked for alcoholic drinks mixed with Red Bull.

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Whats in zipfizz

Xylitol - Migranes?

We got a note today from a customer wondering if xylitol has anything to do
with migraines. We wanted to make sure everyone has accurate information on

Xylitol has no connection with migraines. In fact xylitol has a very low
glycemic index ( 7.0) and does not use the insulin pathway. Your body actually
makes about 15 grams of xylitol each day so your body recognizes xylitol which
is all good!

Aspartame the main ingredient in NutraSweet is implicated in many neurological
problems especially connected with eyes. Aspartame was classified as a
neurotoxin before it was approved by the FDA as a sugar substitute in the
1980s. Aspartame accounts for 75% of all side effects reported to the FDA's
adverse reaction monitoring system 10,000 complaints in one year! Vertigo,
nausea, seizures and memory loss are some of the reported reactions people
experience with NutraSweet. 

Aspartame is implicated so much in vertigo problems that pilots and the
military are routinely warned about the dangers of aspartame. Aspartame is in
so many things from diet candy to ice cream and drinks. Watch out because
Trident chewing gum ( and several others) mix xylitol with aspartame in the
ingredients. They advertise "Now with Xylitol" on the wrapper but less
than 2% is xylitol the main ingredient is an artificial sweetener sorbitol (
not good) and also aspartame with other artificial sweeteners.

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