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Case Status
United States of America, Plaintiff v. Walmart, Inc., Defendant
FTC Matter/File Number
Civil Action Number
Enforcement Type
Civil Penalties
Federal Court
District of Columbia

Case Summary

The FTC sued Kohl’s, Inc. and Walmart, Inc. for falsely marketing dozens of rayon textile products as bamboo. Both companies also are charged with making deceptive environmental claims, touting that the “bamboo” textiles were made using ecofriendly processes, while in reality converting bamboo into rayon requires the use of toxic chemicals and results in hazardous pollutants. The court orders settling the complaint require the companies to stop making deceptive green claims or using other misleading advertising, and pay penalties of $2.5 million and $3 million, respectively.