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I May Not Be Able To Pronounce Acai But I Know It Doesn’t Burn Fat Cells: 5 Recent Over-the-Top Weight Loss Advertising Claims And...

Some say “ah-sigh;” I say “ah-kai;” but apparently the proper pronunciation of “acai” — the so-called super berry — is actually “ah-sigh-ee.” Who knew? Acai berries are native to the Amazon rainforest and have been hailed...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #3

FTC Targets Spam, False Claims by Weight Loss Products - Alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the CAN-SPAM Act, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit in Florida federal court against a pair of...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #2

Dietary Supplement Makers Reach Deal With FTC - The makers of a dietary supplement touted to help users lose weight and aid with the symptoms of menopause settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #3

Fake Subscription Notices, Real FTC Lawsuit - Fake subscription notices are the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in an Oregon federal court. The defendants, a web of dozens of...more

The FTC Trims the Fat Off Even More Companies Selling Weight Loss Products

Hungry to prevent more companies from selling allegedly bogus weight loss products, the FTC has settled yet another false advertising suit against various sellers of diet pills, in a case similar to February’s Sale Slash...more

Diet Pill Company Sale Slash to Pay $43 Million in Settlement with FTC Over Spam Email and Fake Celebrity Endorsements

On February 2, 2016, the FTC settled claims against Sale Slash LLC regarding the marketing of its weight loss pills, including Premium Green Coffee, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin...more

Companies to Pay Heavy Fine for Weight Loss Products

When it comes to certain diet pills, perhaps the only things getting slimmer are the wallets of the companies that sell them. Those companies, including Sale Slash LLC, agreed to pay over $43 million in a settlement last...more

Weight-Loss Claims: How Many Studies Does the FTC Really Think It Takes?

On Tuesday, the FTC announced that it has sent warning letters to 20 marketers of weight-loss dietary supplements. The letters question whether the companies possess adequate support for claims and describe the scientific...more

All About That Base: Claim Against Fat Loss Supplement Maker Fails For Lack of Ascertainability

Adam Karhu bought a dietary supplement called VPX Meltdown Fat Incinerator (“Meltdown”) in reliance on advertising by Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“VPX”) that Meltdown would result in fat loss. Concerned that Meltdown did not...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #2

Podium P-O-V: Observations From Marc Roth on ERA’s Great Ideas Summit - I recently had the pleasure of participating on an “Advocacy Update” panel at the Electronic Retailing Association’s Great Ideas Summit in Miami...more

FTC Takes Action Against Unsubstantiated Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Weight-Loss Claims

Wacoal America and Norm Thompson, both manufacturers of women’s shapewear, recently entered into consent orders to pay sums of $230,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, and agree to not make any false and misleading future...more

Dispatch from NYC: Annual National Advertising Division (NAD) Conference is in Full Swing

The National Advertising Division is holding its annual conference this week in New York, and Foley Hoag is in attendance for what many consider to be the leading conference of its kind. Day One saw an impressive line-up of...more

Advertising Law - September 2014 #2

Use of Flawed Study Results in $3.5M Settlement with FTC - For relying upon the results of a flawed study to make what the Federal Trade Commission characterized as “baseless” and “hopelessly flawed” weight-loss claims...more

Lack of Ascertainability Sinks Another Weight Loss Class Action

In Karhu v. Vital Pharm., Inc., No. 13-60768-CIV (S.D. Fla. July 17, 2014), the Southern District of Florida denied a plaintiff’s request for reconsideration of the Court’s order denying class certification. In Karhu, the...more

Too Good To Be True: FTC’s Crackdown On L’Occitane’s Body Slimming Almond Extracts

L’Occitane Inc’s advertisements for its topically-applied body sculpting almond extracts seemed straightforward: “Almond Shaping Delight 3 out of 4 women saw firmer, lifted skin. This luxuriously lightweight massage gel...more

Weight Loss Claims and Dr. Oz Gain Congressional Interest

We’ve all heard the statistics showing obesity rates rising in the U.S. year after year. Most of us are well aware of the billion dollar diet and weight-loss supplement industry to which millions turn with the hope of finding...more

Third Circuit to Putative Class Action Plaintiffs: No Receipt, No Class Cert

On May 2nd, the Third Circuit declined to rehear en banc its 2013 decision to reverse class certification in Carrera v. Bayer Corp, which created a big hurdle for would-be plaintiffs bringing suit in New Jersey, Pennsylvania...more

Third Circuit Rejects Effort At End Run Around The Ascertainability Requirement

We previously wrote about the Third Circuit’s decision in Carrera v. Bayer Corp., which reversed a district court’s class-certification order because there was no reliable way to ascertain class membership—indeed, no way to...more

Weight Loss Supplement Alli Recalled Nationwide

Just to be safe, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer healthcare will remove all of its weight loss drug alli from stores shelves in the U.S. and Puerto Rico due to fear of contamination. There have been at least 20...more

FTC Cracks Down on False Advertising in Dietary Supplements

Supplements making claims regarding diabetes, genetically customized nutritional benefits, and weight loss are slammed for false advertising. Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement activities—including a...more

Consumer Fraud and Weight Loss Scams - Federal Trade Commission Charges Companies with Deceptive Marketing

We all have seen advertisements for weight-loss solutions, and they are often prevalent in the weeks after the New Year. Are these advertisements examples of consumer fraud? According to US Legal.com, consumer fraud refers to...more

FTC Issues Updated Media Guidance for Screening Fake Weight Loss Claims

On January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Failed Resolution”, targeting false and deceptive claims made by marketers of weight loss products. As part of this initiative, the FTC issued updated...more

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION EDITION: As Americans Trudge To The Gym, We Review Trade Secrets Fights In The “New You” Industry

The gyms are packed, the diet cookbooks are flying off the shelves, and smokers are struggling to kick the habit. It’s the resolution season, and surveys say half of the top 10 most popular new year’s goals aim for better...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 16, 2014

FTC Makes New Year’s Resolution to Target Deceptive Weight-Loss Claims - While many Americans made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get in better shape, the Federal Trade Commission resolved to eliminate...more

“Operation Failed Resolution:” FTC Seeks Media Outlets’ Help to Police Deceptive Weight Loss Ads

In the wake of settlements between the FTC and four weight loss product purveyors relating to the companies’ advertising tactics, the FTC has issued updated guidance for media outlets regarding the publication of...more

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