FTC v. Met-RX USA, Inc., Civil Action No. SAC V-99-1407 (C.D. Calif. 1999)

Even claims that a health product does not produce certain effects must be substantiated by scientific evidence, including claims that a product is safer than an alternative, legal or not

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Met-RX sold nutritional supplements, including a line of androgen supplements under the brand name "Substrate Solutions." The products were advertised to increase strength and muscle mass, and to be safe, produce no or minimal side effects, and did not pose the health and safety risks of anabolic steroids. One of Met-RX's androgen supplements also included caffeine and ephedrine. The FTC alleged that Met-RX had violated the FTC because they did not have a reasonable basis to substantiate their representations about the lack of side effects, noting the effects of ephedrine.

Case and case summary is also available online at: http://www.mlmlegal.com/legal-cases/FTC_v_MetRXUSA.php

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Topics:  Efficacy Claims, FTC, Marketing

Published In: MLM / Direct Sales Updates, MLM Consulting / Network Marketing Updates

Reference Info:Federal, 9th Circuit, California | United States

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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