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$2,377,000 judgment / Prohibited from representing weight-loss products cause substantial weight loss / Prohibited from making any representation about the weight-loss effect or health benefits, performance, or efficacy of a product unless substantiated by scientific evidence
Judgment reduced to $20,000 due to inability to pay / FTC authorized to monitor compliance
Product: AcaiOptimum / AcaiBurn-Force Max / Acai Tropic / Acai Fit / Acai Elite Blast / Natura Cleanse / Smart Colon Flush / Advanced Colon Max / Colo Flush
$1 million judgment / Barred from making any material deceptive representations, including deceptive claims about weight loss and health, and about relevant studies, tests and research / Must disclose any material connection with product endorsers / Must disclose that the content of a “news” website or other publication is advertising
Required to monitor affiliate marketers in their network to ensure that their statements are truthful and in compliance with federal advertising law
$391,335 judgment / Prohibited from making any grey hair or disease claims unless substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence that is sufficient in quality and quantity, based on standards generally accepted by experts in the relevant disease, condition, or function to which the representation relates, when considered in light of the entire body of relevant and reliable evidence / Such testing shall be randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled and conducted by qualified persons / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence conducted by experts in the relevant disease, condition, or function to which the representation relates, and must be randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled when required by such experts.
All underlying data must be preserved and available for inspection except for reliably reported tests.
$2.7 million judgment / Banned from promoting or selling any weight loss product, program, or service / Prohibited from making any claims about a supplement, food, drug, or device without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Preservation of records required / Prohibited from misrepresenting the terms and conditions of any policies and practices regarding refunds; the nature or qualifications of any endorser; and, any tests or studies