Right about now you are likely feeling a bit plumper after indulging on a Thanksgiving feast and all of those beloved leftovers. If, like some of us, you are looking for a way to shed a few pounds prior to the next wave of holiday goodies, we recommend the traditional methods of diet and exercise rather than “miracle” weight loss supplements, as many of these companies are feeling the burn after getting their gooses cooked by the FTC.
Some businesses involved in the “Pure Green Coffee” scheme have reached multimillion dollar settlements with the FTC after making false claims regarding the effectiveness of the product. The defendants marketed the dietary supplement using fake news sites, footage from The Dr. Oz Show, supposed consumer endorsements, and “clinical proof” that dieters could quickly lose weight without diet and exercise.
Additionally, the FTC recently sent out warning letters to 20 unnamed sellers and marketers of weight loss supplements. The letters warn that Commission staff has reviewed their weight-loss claims and that they could be misleading. They also detail what type of scientific evidence the FTC says is needed before making weight-loss claims and using consumer testimonials. Despite the warning, if the products are making money, some of the letter recipients may ignore the warning.
While some companies can afford to lay it on thick when it comes to their product claims, others cannot risk an FTC investigation and potential monetary judgments against them. If you are selling a nutraceutical, we recommend doing your research before you blur the line between clever and deceptive advertising.
Digital Law Group has experience in reviewing product claims as well as representing companies in governmental investigations.
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