CRN's FTC Enforcement Action Compilation

The purpose of this compilation is to provide information about and access to dietary supplement—and functional food-related enforcement actions issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CRN publishes this web page as a service to its members and for informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice, and CRN cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Please visit the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov for additional information about FTC and its enforcement efforts. Please consult professional legal counsel with any specific questions or for legal advice regarding the information published on this website.

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Date of Decision:
Company:
National Urological Group / Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals
Product: Fastin / Lipodrene / Benzedrine / Stimerex-ES
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$40 million judgment / Defendants found to be in contempt for violating previous court orders related to deceptive marketing of products with unsubstantiated claims / Must recall all products with violative labeling
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Native Essence Herb Company
Product: Native Essense (Rene Caisse) Formula tea or extract / Native Essense Plus tea or extract / Native Essense with Cat’s Claw tea or extract / Chaparral herb (or any product containing chaparral herb) / Maitake mushroom extract / Mai-T Mushroom Plus Formula e
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
Prohibited from making cancer claims or efficacy claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Company must notify consumers of FTC action
Date of Decision:
Company:
Natural Products, LLC / All Natural 4 U, LLC
Product: Bio Trim / Body-Trim
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$2.1 million judgment / Permanently enjoined from making claims about rapid and substantial weight loss / Prohibits claims related to weight-loss or the health benefits, performance, efficacy, safety or side effects of a product without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting any test or study / Prohibited from profiting from, or disclosing, personal information about customers or prospective customers
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
NBTY, Inc. / NatureSmart / Rexall Sundown
Product: Disney and Marvel character multivitamins
Product Category:
  • Children's Immunity
Last Action:
$2.1 million judgment / Prohibited from misrepresenting the amount of any ingredient contained in any product / Prohibited from misrepresenting that any ingredient, including DHA, promotes brain or eye health or provides any other health benefit without competent and reliable scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Consumer redress of more than $425,000
Date of Decision:
Company:
NBTY, Inc. [formerly known as Nature's Bounty, Inc.],
Product: 26 weight-loss products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$2 million judgment / Prohibited from making claims without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting any test or study
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Nestle S.A.
Product: BOOST Kid Essentials
Product Category:
  • Children's Immunity
Last Action:
Claims must be substantiated by scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
North American Herb and Spice Co., LLC
Product: Oreganol P73, Super Strength Oreganol P73, and Oregacyn
Product Category:
  • Immunity
Last Action:
$2.5 million judgment / Prohibited from representing that their products prevent or treat colds or flu / Prohibited representing the health benefits, performance, or efficacy of a product unless substantiated by scientific evidence FTC authorized to monitor compliance 062 3214
4/10/08 Seasilver USA, Inc. / Americaloe, Inc. Seasilver Weight-Loss $120 million judgment / Prohibited from representing
Additional Information:
FTC authorized to monitor compliance
Date of Decision:
Company:
Northwest Natural Products
Product: L'il Critters gummy children's vitamins
Product Category:
  • Children's Immunity
Last Action:
FTC recommended no enforcement action as company voluntarily modified marketing materials, destroyed all labels with unsubstantiated claims, and discontinued ads with claims at issue
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
NourishLife, LLC
Product: Speak and Speak Smooth Dietary Supplements
Product Category:
  • Speech
Last Action:
$200,000 payment / Prohibited from making communication- and behavior-related claims unless substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence consisting of randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled human clinical testing / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting the results of any testing or research, or the benefits of products / Must disclose material connections between websites, other endorsements, and consumer endorsers / Must monitor affiliates' to ensure compliance with this Order / Preservation of records required
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
NPB Advertising, Inc., dba as Pure Green Coffee / Nationwide Ventures, LLC / Olympus Advertising, Inc. / JMD Advertising, Inc. / Signature Group, LLC / Nicholas Scott Congleton / Paul Daniel Pascual / Bryan Walsh
Product: Pure Green Coffee
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
Complaint to obtain permanent injunctive relief and other equitable relief / Charged with false or unsusbtantiated efficacy claims, false proof claims, failure to disclose material connections (testimonials), and misrepresentations (fake news reports)
Additional Information: