Widow Sues UK Giant Reckitt Benckiser for Allegedly Cheating Her Late Husband's Absorption Pharma Out of $150 Million+
Published: Feb 23, 2017
- Widow Elizabeth Gilbert Calls it a Classic Case of 'David vs. Goliath' as Huge British Company Reckitt Benckiser Cheated Her Late Husband's Sexual Health Product Company Out of Over $150 million
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Known for selling everyday household products commonly found in refrigerators and bathroom cabinets, the widow of prominent California urologist Dr. Ron Gilbert says consumers should know something else about the British conglomerate that makes those products – it has behaved unethically and immorally by attempting to steal her late husband's invention, business plans, and other trade secrets. Absorption Pharmaceuticals, founded and operated by Dr. Gilbert until his violent death in 2013, filed suit yesterday in a Nevada federal District Court [Docket 2:17-cv-00513] against Reckitt Benckiser. Absorption is suing British behemoth Reckitt Benckiser for over $150 million in damages and seeks to stop Reckitt Benckiser from selling Duration, which the complaint alleges is a rip-off of Absorption Pharmaceuticals' popular product, Promescent®. Both Promescent® and Duration are sexual health sprays designed to help men who suffer from premature ejaculation, or PE.
"When I lost Ron four years ago, I knew that his legacy, in addition to our beautiful sons, was the remarkable product he created to help couples who struggled with intimacy," said Elizabeth Gilbert. "Promescent® was an immediate success and has helped tens of thousands of men and women around the world. To see his life's work literally stolen out from under us by a company who, quite frankly, I had never heard of but whose brands I have used for years, was shocking. After the way Reckitt Benckiser treated us, and what I've learned about them since this horrible situation began, I can see why they try to keep their company's name out of the spotlight."