A consumer survey was conducted to examine the communication effects of a promotional booklet for a dietary supplement. The booklet consisted entirely of three pages of consumer testimonials, primarily from senior citizens, touting the product's efficacy for treating various diseases...
An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 196,969 checks averaging $47.51 each to consumers who purchased an abdominal exercise device known as the Ab Circle Pro.
There are certain questions we ask ourselves when investigating companies’ health claims. Did they have appropriate substantiation? Did they tell the truth when they said their claims were supported by scientific studies? Did they clearly disclose that product endorsers were getting...
The settlement with TriVita, Inc. is part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to stop over-hyped health claims.
When ads for beauty products convey subjective claims – for example, L’Oréal’s long-standing “Because I’m worth it” tagline – it’s unlikely consumers would think statements like that are supported by science. (It’s hard to imagine a testing protocol that could establish whether or...
Cosmetics company L’Oréal USA, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising about its Lancôme Génifique and L’Oréal Paris Youth Code skincare products. According to the FTC’s complaint, L’Oréal made false and unsubstantiated claims that its Génifique and...
II. Legal Framework for Commission Action
III. Nutrient Content Claims
A. Claims Describing the Absolute and Comparative Nutrient Content of Foods
Absolute Nutrient Content Claims
Comparative Nutrient Content Claims
Synonyms for Nutrient Content Claims
Appended to International Harvester Co., 104 F.T.C. 949, 1070 (1984). See 15 U.S.C. § 45(n).
The Honorable Wendell H. Ford
Chairman, Consumer Subcommittee
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Room 130 Russell Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable John C. Danforth...
Appended to Thompson Medical Co., 104 F.T.C. 648, 839 (1984), aff’d, 791 F.2d 189 (D.C. Cir. 1986), cert. denied, 479 U.S. 1086 (1987).
Appended to Cliffdale Associates, Inc., 103 F.T.C. 110, 174 (1984).
The Honorable John D. Dingell
Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter responds to the Committee's inquiry regarding the Commission's...
FTC’s most recent fraud study shows that more consumers were victims of fraudulent weight-loss claims than of any other specific fraud type covered by the survey.
Why do companies sell “miracle” diet pills and potions, promising results that defy the laws of physics? Why do consumers buy them? And what is the FTC doing about it? Those are just some of the topics on the agenda at a congressional hearing today. If you have clients that sell...
If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s only a matter of time. You walk into a room – say, to get your sunglasses – and then can’t remember why you’re there. So it’s no wonder that claims for BrainStrong Adult, a dietary supplement advertised on TV, online, and through an active social...
Supplement marketers i-Health, Inc. and Martek Biosciences Corporation have agreed to settle FTC charges of deceptive advertising for claiming that their BrainStrong Adult dietary supplement will improve adult memory and prevent cognitive decline.
Dare us to describe the legal ramifications of a recent advertising settlement involving health claims in the style of a cringeworthy rap from 1990? Cue up the bass line ‘cause here we go.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged personal care company Lornamead, Inc. with deceiving consumers with exaggerated claims that its “Lice Shield” shampoo, stick, and spray products will prevent or reduce the risk of getting head lice. Under an agreed-upon settlement, Lornamead will pay $500,...