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Federal Trade Commission v. Lights of America, Inc., Usman Vakil, and Farooq Vakil, Defendants
FTC Matter/File Number
092 3145
Civil Action Number
SACV10-1333 JVS (MLGx)
Federal Court
Central District of California

Case Summary

The Federal Trade Commission sued Lights of America Inc. and related defendants for violating federal law by misrepresenting the light output and life expectancy of their LED bulbs, and falsely comparing the brightness of their LED bulbs with that of other light bulbs. A federal court ordered the defendants to pay $21 million to the FTC to provide refunds and banned the defendants from misrepresenting material facts about lighting products. Millions of people bought these LED bulbs at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, hardware stores, grocery stores, and on The FTC has already returned more than $12 million to people who bought these light bulbs. The claims process is still open.

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