The suit also uncovered an internal MonaVie memo by Ralph Carson, the company’s chief science officer, who created the original juice. The memo was in response to raised eyebrows about claims being made about the juice.
Carson cautioned that the drink was “expensive flavored water. Any claims made are purely hypothetical, unsubstantiated and, quite frankly, bogus,” according to a court transcript that quoted an Amway attorney.
That attorney also read from a portion of a transcript of a deposition in which another attorney questioned Carson: “You have indicated, as I understood it, during your deposition today, that you never understood or knew the contents of MonaVie’s drink. Is that correct?”
Answer: “Completely correct.”
“When you say completely, what do you mean by that?”
Answer: “If you were to ask me how much açai is in the product, I do not know.””