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In FTC ‘Hoodia’ Weight Loss Case, Settlement Requires Defendants to Turn Over Assets

FTC, 11/3/2011 Press Release

One is Banned from Marketing Dietary Supplements, Another from Making Weight-loss Claims

As part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus health claims, the Federal Trade Commission settled charges brought against three people and two companies for deceptively advertising a supposed weight-loss supplement ingredient. One defendant is banned from making any weight-loss claims related to foods, drugs, or dietary supplements and must turn over a vacation home and other assets to the FTC; another is banned from the dietary supplement business; and all defendants are barred from making any more deceptive claims. The marketers were part of a scheme that supplied manufacturers of weight-loss supplements with a substance they claimed was a derivative of the plant Hoodia gordonii (“hoodia”), which is native to southern Africa. Under the settlements: Continue reading

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