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$3.7 million judgment (partially suspended) / Banned from making substantial weight-loss claims / Prohibited from making other weight-loss claims, joint-related disease claims, and Alzheimer's disease, memory, and cognitive performance claims unless supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence that is randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and conducted by qualified researchers / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence that must include RCTs if required by experts in the field / Prohibited from misrepresenting any tests or studies / Prohibited from misrepresenting endorsements and sales and billing information/ Additional requirements for clear and conspicuous disclosures regarding advertising and purchase conditions / Must obtain express informed consent for negative option feature
Preservation of records required, except for reliably reported tests / Joint action with Maine AG
Banned from the weight-loss industry / Prohibited from manufacturing or marketing weight-loss products / Banned from making any of the seven weight-loss claims that the FTC has publicly advised are scientifically infeasible, with respect to any supplement, over-the-counter drug, or any product rubbed into or worn on the skin / Requires two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trials to support other claims relating to weight loss, increased metabolism, or appetite suppression
Product: Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3
$450,000 judgment / Prohibits claims about eye health and or the health benefits, performance, efficacy, or safety of a product without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies
$3.7 million civil penalty / Prohibited from misrepresenting results from product endorsers / Representations must be non-misleading and backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence that consists of at least one adequate and well-controlled human clinical study or a study that follows a protocol detailed in the settlement order / Prohibited from making any other representations about the health benefits, safety, or side effects of any low-calorie meal replacement program unless non-misleading and backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting that any doctor, health professional, or endorser recommends a weight-loss product, program, service, drug, or dietary supplement