FTC Approves Final Orders Settling Charges that Window Marketers Made Deceptive Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings Claims

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that five companies that make and sell replacement windows made deceptive energy efficiency and cost savings claims. The FTC's complaints alleged that Gorell Enterprises, Inc.; Long Fence & Home, LLLP; Serious Energy, Inc.; THV Holdings LLC; and Winchester Industries made exaggerated and unsupported claims regarding their windows' efficiency and how much money consumers could save on their heating and cooling bills by having them installed. The final orders prohibit the companies from making these claims and any other deceptive energy-related claims for products they sell.

The Commission vote approving each final order and letters to members of the public who commented on them was 3-0-2, with Commissioners J. Thomas Rosch and Maureen K. Ohlhausen not participating. (FTC File Nos. 112-3057, 102-3171, 112-3001, 112-3005, and 112-3053; the staff contact is Joshua S. Millard, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2454; see press release dated February 22, 2012.

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(FYI 17.2012.wpd)

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