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Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. Devumi, LLC, a limited liability company; and German Calas, Jr., individually and as an officer of Devumi, LLC; Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number
182 3066
Civil Action Number
Federal Court
Southern District of Florida

Case Summary

On October 21, 2019, the FTC announced it had halted the deceptive online marketing tactics of two companies and their principals, the first of which allegedly sold fake indicators of social media influence, and the second of which allegedly used fake product reviews posted by its employees on a well-known retail website. In the first case, Devumi, LLC and its owner and CEO, German Calas, Jr., agreed to settle the FTC’s first-ever complaint challenging the sale of fake indicators of social media influence. In the second case, cosmetics firm Sunday Riley Modern Skincare, LLC and its CEO agreed to settle an FTC complaint charging them with misleading consumers by posting fake reviews of the company’s products on a major retailer’s website, at the CEO’s direction, and by failing to disclose that the reviewers were company employees. The court entered the final order on October 22, 2019.