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Weight Loss Supplement Companies Socked With Millions In Penalties In FTC Crackdown

January 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Three companies that claimed – fraudulently – that their weight loss products helped people trim pounds effortlessly have agreed to a $34 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The largest settlement – $26.5 million – was against Sensa Productions LLC, which advertised that its Sensa supplement sprinkled on food would spur weight loss. One of their bogus ads said Sensa would "help you lose 30 lbs. without dieting or spending all your time working out”. A $450,000 settlement was reached with L’Occitane, which promised that its Almond Beautiful Shape cream could “trim 1.3 inches in just 4 weeks” and that it was a “cellulite fighter”. The FTC is setting up a process for distributing the settlement money to consumers who purchased the products.
Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "FTC Cracks Down on Weight-Loss Product Marketers", The Wall Street Journal, January 07, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company Inc
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