Federal Trade Commission Advertising Cases
Involving Weight-Loss Products and Services
1927–May 2003

A. Glenn Braswell; JOL Management Co.; G.B. Data Systems, Inc., Gero Vita International, Inc., Theraceuticals, Inc.; and Ron Tepper; Civ. Action No. CV 03-3700 DT (PJWx)Central District of California (filed May 27, 2003)(Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief) Alleged false and unsubstantiated advertising claims for numerous dietary supplements marketed under the Gero Vita and Theraceuticals brand names.

Rexall Sundown, Inc., Civ. Action No. 00-7016-CIV-Martinez, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami. (Stipulated Final Order for Permanent Injunction and Settlement of Claims for Monetary Relief)(March 31, 2003) Alleged false and unsubstantiated claims that its dietary supplement, Cellasene™, would reduce or eliminate cellulite

Slim Down Solution, LLC, et al., and Maderia Management, Inc., et al., Civ. Action No. 03-80051-CIV-PAINE (S.D. Fla.), Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief and Stipulated Order for Preliminary Injunction (filed 01/21/03) Alleged false and unsubstantiated claims for a purported weight-loss product containing D-glucosamine.

Mark Nutritionals, Inc., et al., Civ. Action No. SA02CA1151EP U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief and Stipulated Order for Preliminary Injunction (filed December 5, 2002) Alleged false and unsubstantiated claims for "Body Solutions Evening Weight Loss Formula" in English and Spanish radio ads and website.

No. 9068-8425 Quebec, Inc. a/b/a Bio Lab, Cellu-Fight, and Quick Slim, and Jean-Francois Brochu, Civ. Action No. 1:02:CV-1128, U.S. District Court, Northern District of NY, Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief (filed September 3, 2002) Alleged false weight-loss and cellulite-treatment claims by Canadian company marketing to U.S. consumers in mainstream U.S. media.

Enforma Natural Products, Inc. and Twenty-Four Seven(24/7) et al., Civ. Action No. CV-00-04376-JSL (CWx) U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Civil Contempt action seeking Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction and Redress or Disgorgement (filed 07/23/02) Defendants allegedly violated a May 2000 order prohibiting unsubstantiated claims for weight loss products. The products involved in this action are Chitozyme and Acceleron, advertised in infomercials and on the Internet

AB Energizer, L.L.C., Electronic Products Distribution, L.L.C., Energizer Products, Inc., Abflex USA, Inc., et al., File No. 022 3111; Civ. Action No. 02CV888H(AJB)(Southern District of California) Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief alleging false and deceptive claims that the AB Energizer device causes fat loss and inch loss, will give users well-defined abdominal muscles, and that use of the device is equivalent to conventional abdominal exercises, such as sit-ups or crunches.

United Fitness of America, L.L.C., Tristar Products, et al., File No. 022 3110; Civ. Action No. CVS 020648-KJD(District of Nevada) Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief alleging false and deceptive claims that the Fast Abs device causes fat loss and inch loss, will give users well-defined abdominal muscles, and that use of the device is superior to conventional abdominal exercises, such as sit-ups or crunches.

Hudson Berkley Corp., dba Hudson Berkeley, Inc., et al.; Bidmark Labs Corp., dba BLC Bismarck Labs Corp., TMI Tricom Marketing, Inc., CCI CAD CAM Industries Ltd., Inc., et al. File No. 022 3145, Civ. Action No. CVS 020649-PMP (District of Nevada) Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief alleging false and deceptive claims that the Abtronic device causes fat loss and inch loss, will give users well-defined abdominal muscles, and that use of the device is superior to conventional abdominal exercises, such as sit-ups or crunches.

TechnoBrands, Inc., File No. C-4041 (April 15, 2002) (consent order) (claims concerning weight-loss other other products, including the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet juice and the Enforma system, with products containing chitosan and/or pyruvate) ($200,000 in consumer redress required by the consent) (in separate federal district court action, company agreed to pay more than $200,000 in consumer redress for its role in deceptively upselling buyer’s club, TechnoBrands, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:02-CV-86 (E.D. Va. 2002)

ValueVision International, Inc., Docket No. C-4022, 2001 FTC Lexis 133 (Aug. 22, 2001) (consent) ("home shopping" network made unsubstantiated claims on television and the Internet for a variety of weight-loss, cellulite, and other products, containing pyruvate, citrus aurantium, guarana, St. John’s Wort, white willow bark, ginger root, 5HTP, and/or pyruvate, melatonin, and various amino acids, and/or chitosan derived from glucosamine, and/or coco-caprylate/caprate, barley, ivy, ladies’ thistle, mushroom, sweet clover, aloe vera, butcher’s broom, and ginkgo; and other products; order requires company to offer credit or refunds to purchasers of the covered products)

Weider Nutrition International, Inc., Docket No. C-3983, 2000 FTC Lexis 164 (consent) (Nov. 15, 2000) (efficacy and safety claims in ads for weight loss dietary supplement products called "PhenCal" and "PhenCal 106" containing DL-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, L-Glutamine, L-5-Hydroxytryptophan, L-Carnitine, chromium picolinate, and Vitamin B-6; consent required $400,000 in consumer redress)

Steven Patrick Garvey, et al., Civil Action No. 00-09358-AHM (AIJx) (Nov. 15, 2000) (Stipulated Final Order and Settlement of Claims for Monetary Relief as to Defendant Lark Kendall a/k/a Kendall Carson) (defendants Garvey and Kendall, appearing as co-hosts in infomercials for Enforma Natural Products, made deceptive weight-loss claims for products containing chitosane and pyruvate; defendants Levine, Richmond and Modern Interactive Technology created and produced the deceptive infomercials; settlement as to Kendall requires that she assign to the FTC for consumer redress, her right to collect money owned to her for her appearance in the first Enforma infomercial)

Rexall Sundown, Civil Action No. 00-706-CIV-Ferguson (S.D. Fla.) (July 19, 2000) (complaint) (false and unsubstantiated claims while marketing its dietary supplement, Cellasene™, a purported cellulite treatment containing grape seed extract, sweet clover, bladderwrack, gingko biloba, and borage seed oil)

Enforma Natural Products, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 04376JSL(CWx) (C.D. Cal.) (April 25, 2000) (Stipulated Final Order including $10 million in consumer redress for false and unsubstantiated weight loss claims about "Fat Trapper" and "Exercise in a Bottle" dietary supplements containing chitosan and pyruvate, respectively)

Fitness Quest, Inc., Docket No. C-3886, 1999 FTC Lexis 147 (July 26, 1999) (consent) (weight loss and weight maintenance claims in infomercials and on the Internet for exercise equipment)

SlimAmerica, Inc., Civil Action No. 97-6072-Civ-Ferguson (S.D. Fla. June 30, 1999) (Final Judgment for Permanent Injunction and Damages, including $8.3 million in consumer redress and performance bond required prior to future weight loss or other marketing activities) (weight loss claims for "Super-Formula" diet pills containing chromium picolinate and hydroxycitrate (HCA); chitin; and/or konjac glucomannan)

Home Shopping Network, Civil Action No. 99-897-CIV-T-25C (Apr. 15, 1999) (consent) (claims for variety of products, including weight loss products, which also violated a 1995 FTC order)

TrendMark International, Inc., Docket No. C-3829, 1998 FTC Lexis 113 (Sept. 23, 1998) (consent) (weight loss and health-related claims for "THIN-THIN" Diet program, a combination of two weight loss products-- NEURO-THIN, primarily made of various amino acids, and LIPO-THIN, whose main ingredient is chitin, a natural fiber made from exoskeletons of shellfish)

Herbal Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Docket No. C-3827, 1998 FTC Lexis 109 (Sept. 16, 1998) (consent) (weight loss claims for "Fattache," a purported dietary product containing psyllium, chitosan, glucomannan, and apple pectin, in ads run on Spanish-language television stations)

Bogdana Corp., Docket No. C-3820, 1998 FTC Lexis 79 (July 28, 1998) (consent) (claims on the Internet that Cholestaway dietary supplement tablet containing calcium and magnesium, lowers serum cholesterol and blood pressure, and causes weight loss, among other benefits; and that Flora Source dietary supplement, bacteria in a base of rice starch, treats or prevents AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other health problems)

Western Direct Marketing Group, Inc., Docket No. C-3821, 1998 FTC Lexis 78 (July 28, 1998) (consent order) (ad agency for Bogdana Corp.)

Jenny Craig, Inc., 125 F.T.C. 333 (Feb. 19, 1998) (consent) (claims that customers of low calorie weight loss program reach weight loss goals within certain predicted time frames)

Mega Systems International, Inc., et al., Docket No. C-3811, 1998 FTC Lexis 207 (June 8, 1998) (consent) (claims in infomercials for Eden’s Secret Nature’s Purifying Product and Dr. Callahan’s Addiction Breaking System, including for food addictions); Civil Action No. 98 C 8009 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 15, 1998) (Complaint for Injunctive and Other Relief for failure to pay $500,000 in consumer redress); (Jan. 4, 2002) (Commission authorized filing of a stipulated judgment in a bankruptcy court action to resolve the Complaint for Injunctive and Other Relief; FTC will receive $30,000 now and share in any distribution of assets at the conclusion of the bankruptcy case)

Venegas Inc., 125 F.T.C. 266 (Jan. 23, 1998) (consent) (health claims in Spanish language ads for dietary supplement Alen containing wheat germ, wheat bran, soybean extract, and seaweed extract, including controlling addiction to excess fats and sweets and helping diabetics to naturally produce insulin)

Weight Watchers International, Inc., Docket No. 9261, 1997 FTC Lexis 360 (Dec. 24, 1997) (consent) (claims that low calorie diet program is superior to others)

Kave Elahie/M.E.K. International, 124 F.T.C. 407 (Sept. 19, 1997) (consent) (weight loss claims in Spanish language ads for NutraTrim Bio-Active Cellulite Control Cream and Weight Loss Tablets, containing aminophylline and chromium picolinate, respectively)

Abflex, U.S.A., Inc., 124 F.T.C. 354 (Sept. 18, 1997) (consent) (claims for Abflex abdominal exerciser in infomercial)

Kent & Spiegel Direct, Inc., 124 F.T.C. 300 (Sept. 18, 1997) (consent) (claims for Abflex abdominal exerciser on the Internet)

Leeka Products/Rogerio Monteiro and Eliana Crema, 124 F.T.C. 271 (Sept. 12, 1997) (consent) (claims in Spanish language ads for Super Formula Reductora supplement containing chromium picolinate, apple cider vinegar, phenylalanine, kelp, soy lecithin, Vitamin B-6 and an "herbal complex" for weight control by regulating metabolism, reducing appetite, burning or dissolving fat; and Crema Sudadora Perfect Shape to improve exercise results)

Life Fitness, 124 F.T.C. 236 (Sept. 9, 1997) (consent) (claims for exercise equipment, including Lifecycle stationary bicycle)

Icon Health and Fitness, Inc., 124 F.T.C. 215 (Sept. 9, 1997) (consent) (claims for home fitness equipment, including Proform Cross Walk Treadmill)

Nu Skin International, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:97-CV-0626G (D. Utah Aug. 6, 1997) (Stipulated Permanent Injunction and $1.5 million civil penalty) (fat loss and other claims for dietary supplements containing chromium picolinate and L-carnitine)

Nutrition 21, 124 F.T.C. 1 (Jul. 11, 1997) (consent) (weight loss and health benefit claims for chromium picolinate)

Dean Distributors, Inc., 123 F.T.C. 1596 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent) (claims for Food for Life Weight Management System and Cambridge Diet low calorie and very low calorie weight loss programs with meal replacement drinks)

BodyWell, Inc., 123 F.T.C. 1577 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent and $100,000 in consumer redress) (weight loss claims for Slimming Insoles for shoes based on reflexology)

Guildwood Direct Ltd., 123 F.T.C. 1558 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent and $7,500 in consumer redress) (weight loss claims for Slimming Insoles for shoes based on reflexology)

KCD Inc., 123 F.T.C. 1535 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent and $150,000 in consumer redress) (claims for SeQuester OTC cellulose-bile weight loss product)

Interactive Medical Technologies, Ltd. (IMT),/Effective Health, Inc. (EHI), 123 F.T.C. 1525 (consent and $35,000 in consumer redress); William Pelzer, Jr., 123 F.T.C. 1519 (consent); and William E. Shell, M.D., 123 F.T.C. 1477 (consent and $20,000 in consumer redress) (June 16, 1997) (claims for Lipotrol and SeQuester cellulose-bile weight loss products)

2943174 Canada, Inc., 123 F.T.C. 1465 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent and $375,000 in consumer redress) (unsubstantiated weight loss claims for Svelt-PATCH transdermal skin patch containing concentrated fucus (algae))

Amerifit, Inc., 123 F.T.C. 1454 (Jun. 16, 1997) (consent and $100,000 in disgorgement) (weight loss claims for Fat Burners System containing "a natural lipotropic formula")

Universal Merchants, Inc., 123 F.T.C. 149 (Jan. 23, 1997) (consent) (weight loss and health claims for chromium picolinate)

Victoria Bie d/b/a Body Gold, 128 F.T.C. 86 (Jan. 22, 1997) (consent) (weight loss and health benefits of chromium picolinate)

Zygon International, Inc., 122 F.T.C. 195 (Sept. 24, 1996) (consent and up to $195,000 in consumer redress) (claims that Fat Burner pills containing L-Carnitine and "a special blend of lipotropics" burn fat and cause weight loss)

NordicTrack, Inc., 121 F.T.C. 907 (June 17, 1996) (consent) (weight loss claims for indoor exercise equipment)

The Diet Workshop, Inc., 121 F.T.C. 726 (June 3, 1996) (consent) (claims for permanent weight loss and maintenance within specified period of time by using meal replacement products and program)

Johnson & Collins Research, Inc., 121 F.T.C. 675 (May 31, 1996) (consent) (booklets directed at teenage girls containing advice about losing weight, without consciously dieting)

W L A R Co., 121 F.T.C. 98 (Feb. 21, 1996) (consent) (booklets directed at teenage girls containing advice about losing weight, without consciously dieting)

National Dietary Research, Inc., FTC Docket No. 9263, 1995 FTC Lexis 324 (Nov. 7, 1995) (consent) (claims for weight loss without dieting and appetite suppression about Food Source One tablet containing compressed plant fiber)

J. Walter Thompson USA, Inc., 120 F.T.C. 829 (Oct. 20, 1995) (consent) (advertising agency for Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program) (surveys show that nine out of ten Jenny Craig clients would recommend the program to a friend)

Body Wise International, Inc., 120 F.T.C. 704 (Sept. 25, 1995) (consent) (weight loss claims for products Future Perfect, Right Choice AM, and The Reshape Formula and failure to disclose physician-endorsers’ financial interest in products)

Original Marketing, Inc., 120 F.T.C. 278 (Aug. 9, 1995) (consent) (weight loss and appetite suppressant claims for Acu-Stop 2000 acupressure device designed to be inserted into the ear)

IHI Clinics, Inc., 120 F.T.C. 264 (Aug. 1, 1995) (consent) (weight loss claims for group hypnosis seminars)

Nature’s Bounty, Inc., 120 F.T.C. 206 (July 21, 1995) (consent) (claims that Sleeper’s Diet containing "a special combination of amino acids" causes weight loss during sleep)

European Body Concepts, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 947 (June 23, 1995) (consent) (claims that body wrapping treatment containing "a special mineral solution" causes consumers to lose inches, pounds, and cellulite quickly and easily, without dieting or exercising)

Taleigh Corp., 119 F.T.C. 835 (June 16, 1995) (consent) (claims that FormulaTrim 3000, MegaLoss 1000, and MiracleTrim diet pills cause weight loss without dieting or exercising, and more rapidly than prolonged exercise, such as running 10 miles nonstop)

Formu-3 International, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 449 (Apr. 11, 1995) (consent) (rate of weight loss and safety maintenance claims for weight loss center services and meal replacement products)

Ninzu, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 421 (April 7, 1995) (consent) (claims that Ninzu, Auricle Clip, and B-Trim acupressure ear devices suppress appetite and reduce weight)

Gorayeb Seminars, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 306 (Mar. 3, 1995) (consent) (claims that seminars cause permanent weight loss)

American Institute of Smoking Cessation, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 289 (Mar. 3, 1995) (consent) (weight loss claims for smoking cessation group hypnosis seminars)

Silueta Distributors, Inc., Civil Action No. C 93 4141 SBA (Feb. 24, 1995) (permanent injunction and $169,339 in consumer redress) (claims that moisturizing cream and diuretic tablets reduce cellulite)

HealthComm Inc., Civil Action No. C95-5024 RJB (W.D. Wash. Jan. 19, 1995) (stipulated permanent injunction and $45,000 civil penalty) (claims that products and programs cause weight loss by "metabolic clearing")

Bee Sweet, Inc., 119 F.T.C. 57 (Jan. 17, 1995) (consent) (claims that bee pollen product controls weight)

Schering Corp., 118 F.T.C. 1030 (Oct. 31, 1994) (consent) (claims that Fibre Trim fiber supplement cause appetite suppression, weight loss, weight control, and weight maintenance)

L&S Research Corp., 118 F.T.C. 896 (Oct. 6, 1994) (consent and $1.45 million in disgorgement) (claims that users of 3 Cybergenics weight loss products containing chromium picolinate burn more fat and lose more weight faster than nonusers)

American Institute of Habit Control, Inc., 118 F.T.C. 395 (Aug. 23, 1994) (consent) (weight loss claims for smoking cessation group hypnosis seminars)

Quick Weight Loss Centers, Inc. of Georgia, 118 F.T.C. 320 (Aug. 11, 1994) (consent) (claims that program results in rapid and long term or permanent weight loss)

Quick Weight Loss Centers, Inc. of Texas, 118 F.T.C. 290 (Aug. 11, 1994) (consent) (claims that program results in rapid and long term or permanent weight loss, monitored by health professionals)

Doctors Medical Weight Loss Centers, Inc., 118 F.T.C. 259 (Aug. 11, 1994) (consent) (claims that program results in rapid and long term or permanent weight loss)

Beverly Hills Weight Loss Clinics International, Inc., 118 F.T.C. 213 (Aug. 11, 1994) (consent) (claims that program results in rapid, safe, and long term or permanent weight loss)

Lifestyle Fascination, Inc., 118 F.T.C. 171 (Aug. 4, 1994) (consent) (claims that Rhythm electronic acupuncture device causes weight loss by reducing cravings for high calorie foods)

General Nutrition, Inc., Civil Action No. 94-686 (W. D. Pa. Apr. 28, 1994) (stipulated permanent injunction and $2.4 million civil penalty) (claims that users of Sleepers Diet containing free-form amino acids lose more weight during sleep than nonusers; and that Fat Burners, Super Fat Blocker, and other weight loss products cause weight or fat loss or control and/or suppress appetites)

Physicians Weight Loss Centers of America, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 1484 (1993) (consent) (claims about weekly rate of customer weight loss in low calorie weight loss program; program is free of health risks; and that customers reach weight loss goals within certain predicted time frames)

Diet Center, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 1453 (1993) (consent) (claims about weekly rate of customer weight loss in low calorie weight loss program )

Nutri/System, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 1408 (1993) (consent) (claims that scientific studies show that users of its low calorie program customers lose at least 29 % more weight than dieters on other programs; customers reach weight loss goals within certain predicted time frames; program complies with American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and American Dietetic Association guidelines, and Healthline magazine evaluations and ratings; and is approved by Stanford University)

Revlon, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 1326 (1993) (consent) (claims that Ultima II ProCollagen anti-cellulite body complex reduces cellulite)

Nutrition Research & Marketing, Inc., Civil Action No. 93-2031-PHX-RCB (D. Ariz. Oct. 21, 1993) (stipulated permanent injunction and $225,000 in consumer redress) (claims that HGH-3X pill containing amino acids causes weight loss through adjusting metabolic rate, without diet or exercise)

Synchronal Corp., 116 F.T.C. 989 (1993) (consent and $3.5 million in consumer redress) (claims about Anuska Bio-Response Body Contouring Program cellulite cream containing "very special seaweed")

Michael S. Levey, 116 F.T.C. 885 (1993) (consent and $275,000 in consumer redress) (claims that EuroTrym Diet Patch (a non-transdermal electrical charge patch) prevents hunger pains and promotes substantial weight loss; and that scientific studies show that product promotes weight loss)

Health Management Resources Corp., 116 F.T.C. 799 (1993) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or under) weight loss program is successful, safe, and causes permanent weight loss; and that it is widely accepted by medical experts)

Nature's Cleanser, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 718 (1993) (consent) (claims about Nature’s Cleanser non-laxative herbal weight loss tablet containing fennel, psyllium seed, and cascara sagrada)

United Weight Control Corp., 116 F.T.C. 670 (1993) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or under) weight loss program is safe, scientifically proven to be successful over the long term in treating obesity, and superior to other programs)

Abbott Laboratories, 116 F.T.C. 586 (1993) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or under) weight loss program is successful, safe, and causes permanent weight loss)

National Media Corp./Media Arts International, Ltd., 116 F.T.C. 549 (1993) (consent and $275,000 in consumer redress) (claims that Cosmetique Francais lotion, creme, and oil containing "natural herbs and exotic plant extracts" substantially reduces or eliminates cellulite)

Fleetwood Manufacturing, Inc., 116 F.T.C. 355 (1993) (consent) (claims that continuous passive motion exercise table causes weight loss)

CC Pollen Co., 116 F.T.C. 206 (1993) (consent and $200,000 in disgorgement) (claims that bee pollen product controls weight)

Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Nutrition Institute of Maryland, Inc., 115 F.T.C. 899 (1992) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or less) Medifast weight loss programs are successful, safe, and cause permanent weight loss; and that physicians are certified in treatment of obesity)

Sandoz Nutrition Corp., 115 F.T.C. 741 (1992) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or less) Optifast weight loss program is successful, safe, and causes permanent weight loss; and that scientific studies prove program is more effective than any other weight loss programs)

National Center for Nutrition, Inc., 115 F.T.C. 722 (1992) (consent) (claims that very low calorie (800 or less) Ultrafast weight loss program is successful, safe, and causes permanent weight loss; and that scientific studies prove program is safer than any other non-VLCD programs)

Slender You, Inc., 115 F.T.C. 592 (1992) (consent) (claims that continuous passive motion exercise tables cause weight loss, without effort and pain of traditional exercising)

Nu-Day Enterprises, Inc., 115 F.T.C. 479 (1992) (consent) (claims that Nu-Day meal substitutes change metabolism and cause weight loss, without exercising)

Pacific Medical Clinics Management, Inc., Civil Action No. 90-1277 GT(CM) (S.D. Cal. Apr. 8, 1992) (permanent injunction and $21.5 million judgment) (claims that medically formulated weight loss program adjusts metabolism and causes users to lose up to 1-1/2 pounds a day)

Minneapolis Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery/Dr. Scott M. Ross, 115 F.T.C. 54 (1992) (consent) (claims that liposuction procedure ( surgical removal of body fat) is low risk)

Spanish Telemarketing Industries, Inc., 114 F.T.C. 754 (1991) (consent) (claims that Faja Fantastica moisturizing cream and rubber belt cause weight loss, without dieting or exercising)

Amerdream Corp., Civil Action No. 91-0505 PHX RCB (D. Ariz. Oct. 30, 1991) (permanent injunction and $50,862 in consumer redress) (claims that Ultimate Solution Diet Program tablets cause weight loss; and that users would receive $1,000 in U.S. Treasury bonds)

Shell, Dr. William, Civil Action No. 90 0120 CBM (Kx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 8, 1991) (stipulated permanent injunction and $20,000 in consumer redress) (claims that Fat Magnet pills cause weight loss, without dieting or exercising)

Crew, Richard, 114 F.T.C. 230 (1991) (consent) (claims that EuroTrym Diet Patch prevents hunger pains and promotes substantial weight loss; and that scientific studies show that product promotes weight loss)

Francis, Robert, 114 F.T.C. 24 (1991) (consent) (claims that EuroTrym Diet Patch prevents hunger pains and promotes substantial weight loss; and that scientific studies show that product promotes weight loss)

Allied International Corp., Civil Action No. 90-0120 CBM (Kx) (C.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 1990) (stipulated permanent injunction and $750,000 in consumer redress) (claims that Fat Magnet pills cause weight loss, without dieting or exercising)

Consumer Direct, Inc., 113 F.T.C. 923 (1990) (consent) (Gut Buster spring-tension exercise device to use a few minutes daily to burn stomach fat; potential of injury from spring breakage)

American Life Nutrition, Inc., 113 F.T.C. 906 (1990) (consent) (dietary food supplements)

Twin Star Productions, Inc., 113 F.T.C. 847 (1990) (consent) (EuroTrym Diet Patch to prevent hunger pains and promote substantial weight loss; scientific studies show that product promotes weight loss)

TV, Inc., 113 F.T.C. 677 (1990) (consent) (bee pollen products to promote weight loss)

General Nutrition, Inc., 111 F.T.C. 387 (1989) (consent) (24 Hour Diet Plan to promote weight loss)

Great Earth International, Inc., 110 F.T.C. 188 (1988) (consent) (Growth Hormone Releaser to alter metabolism and promote weight loss while sleeping)

Kingsbridge Media & Marketing, Inc., Civil Action No. Civ-88-0003 PHX EHC (D. Ariz. June 8, 1988) (stipulated permanent injunction and $1.1 million in disgorgement) (Dream Away pills to lose weight while sleeping, without dieting or exercising)

Buckingham Productions, Inc., 110 F.T.C. 37 (1987) (consent) (Rotation Diet to lose substantial amounts of weight, while eating unlimited amounts of food four days a week)

Intra-Medic Formulations, Inc., Civil Action No. 85-2819-CIV-Nesbitt (S.D. Fla. Feb. 25, 1986) (permanent injunction) (Lipogene and other weight loss products to lose weight, without dieting or exercising; scientific studies confirm that products are effective in weight reduction, without dieting or exercising)

Bricklin, Dr. Barry, 106 F.T.C. 115 (1985) (consent) (Rotation Diet to lose substantial amounts of weight, while eating unlimited amounts of food four days a week)

Dardas, Thomas A., 104 F.T.C. 562 (1984) (consent) (Acu-Form ear mold to lose weight permanently by suppressing appetite; studies prove that product promotes weight loss)

Estee Corp., 102 F.T.C. 1804 (1983) (consent) (Estee special foods are significantly reduced in calories, useful and appropriate for weight control; Food and Drug Administration and American Diabetes Association have concluded that Estee sweeteners are useful, without significant qualifications in diabetic’s diet)

Universal Bodybuilding, Inc., 96 F.T.C. 783 (1980) (consent) (muscle building system to lose fat)

Vital-E, 92 F.T.C. 880 (1978) (consent) (Reducing Belt, Sauna Suit, Trim-A-Chin, Grapefruit Diet, Vitamin E Diet, All-Vitamin Diet diet plans, tablets, and devices to lose weight or reduce size for a long period of time, without dieting or exercising)

Astor-Scott, Inc., 89 F.T.C. 536 (1977) (consent) (Vital-E advertising agency) (Reducing Belt, Sauna Suit, Trim-A-Chin, Grapefruit Diet, Vitamin E Diet, All-Vitamin Diet diet plans, tablets, and devices to lose weight or reduce size for a long period of time, without dieting or exercising)

Simeon Management Corp., 87 F.T.C. 1184 (1976), aff’d, 579 F.2d 1137 (9th Cir. 1978) (weight reduction clinics and treatments; failure to disclose that treatment involves injections of HCG drug, which is not approved by Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective for weight control or treatment of obesity

Stewart Frost, Inc., 87 F.T.C. 366 (1976) (consent) (Slim-Quik device to reduce certain portions of the body, without dieting or exercising; use of device is safe for all persons)

Vitamin Education Institute, 87 F.T.C. 357 (1976) (consent) (Mega-Vitamin Diet regimen supplements are responsible for weight loss; typical regimen diet includes breakfast of eggs, toast, and ham; weight loss results based upon independent research results )

Ray, Ronnie, 84 F.T.C. 1238 (1974) (consent) (body wrap treatment to reduce body size or weight in specified periods of time, permanently, and without dieting)

Gloria Stevens, Inc., 84 F.T.C. 438 (1974) (consent) (programs to reduce body size or weight in specified periods of time, without dieting or exercising)

American Dairy Association and Leo Burnett Co. (advertising agency), 83 F.T.C. 518 (1973) (consent) (number of calories in whole milk is not substantial or significant for calorie restricted or weight reducing diet)

Nu Dimensions International, Ltd., 81 F.T.C. 793 (1972) (consent) (reducing programs to eliminate pounds and inches within specified period time, without dieting; )

Universal Figure Form of Youngstown, 81 F.T.C. 785 (1972) (consent) (health club program to achieve substantial reduction in body weight or size in short period of time, without dieting)

Leo Burnett Co., 81 F.T.C. 724 (1972) (consent) (Sugar Information, Inc. advertising agency) (consumption of sugar and foods containing sugar before meals contributes significantly to weight reduction and maintenance)

Sugar Information, Inc., 81 F.T.C. 711 (1972) (consent) (consumption of sugar and foods containing sugar before meals contributes significantly to weight reduction and maintenance)

The Proctor & Gamble Co., 80 F.T.C. 181 (1972) (consent) (foods fried in Crisco oil are lower in calories than foods fried in other edible oils)

J.B. Williams Co., 79 F.T.C. 410 (1971) (consent) (Pro-Slim 7-Day Reducing wafers or diet drink mix are of special, unique, or significant value for weight reduction; scientific studies establish that products are effective in weight reduction )

ITT Continental Baking Co., 79 F.T.C. 248 (1971) (consent) (Profile bread is lower in calories than other bread, and is of special and significant value for use in weight control diets)

Farrar, Straus and Co., 65 F.T.C. 253 (1964) (Commission Decision) (following dietary principles in Gayelord Hauser ’s book "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall" will result in losing weight, without dieting)

Stauffer Laboratories, Inc., 64 F.T.C. 629 (1964) (Commission Decision) (Posture Rest and Magic Couch devices as part of Stauffer Home plan to reduce certain areas of the body and to reduce overall weight)

Safeway Stores, Inc., 62 F.T.C. 1206 (1963) (Commission Decision) (Slender-Way bread is lower in calories than other bread, and consumption will cause a loss in weight or prevent a weight gain)

National Bakers Services, Inc., 62 F.T.C. 1115 (1963) (Commission Decision) (Hollywood bread contributes to weight loss)

Spencer Gifts, Inc., 61 F.T.C. 1161 (1962) (Commission Decision) (Reduce-Ez girdles to reduce body weight, without dieting)

Dannon Milk Products, Inc., 61 F.T.C. 840 (1962) (Commission Decision) (Dannon yogurt contains fewer calories than the same amount of milk and has reducing properties)

Damar Products, Inc., 59 F.T.C. 1263 (1961) (Commission Decision) (Cushion Vibrator device used with Salon Vibrator plan to reduce weight)

Bakers Franchise Corp., 59 F.T.C. 70 (1961) (Commission Decision) (Lite Diet bread is lower in calories than other bread, is less fattening, and is more effective in controlling body weight)

Horwitz, Raymond M., 56 F.T.C. 1411 (1960) (Commission Decision) (Gyro Belt to reduce weight in certain areas of the body or to reduce overall body weight, and Gyro Lounge Chairs to slenderize the body)

Alleghany Pharmacal Corp., 55 F.T.C 705 (1958) (consent), 75 F.T.C. 990 (1969) (order dismissing an amended complaint issued Nov. 15, 1965, 68 F.T.C. 1221, and reinstating suspended order) (Hungrex with PPA is safe for use by all obese persons; use of products results in weight loss of five pounds a week)

Braun, Charles J., 54 F.T.C. 725 (1957) (Commission Decision) (Rennel Concentrate, a laxative, to effectively treat obesity, and to greatly reduce weight)

Braun, Glenn W., 54 F.T.C. 719 (1957) (Commission Decision) (Rennel Concentrate, a laxative, to effectively treat obesity, and to greatly reduce weight)

Marlene's, Inc., 50 F.T.C. 460 (1953) (Commission Decision) (Mynex tablets to reduce weight; used in conjunction with a calorie reducing regimen is different and greatly superior to any other weight reducer known to medical science; approved by Canadian government)

Barnard, William G., Sr., 50 F.T.C. 434 (1953) (Commission Decision) (Chic Tablets to reduce weight)

Acme Breweries, 47 F.T.C. 1213 (1951) (Commission Decision) (Acme beer contains no fattening substances and will not increase consumer’s weight)

Pretorius, Martin W., 47 F.T.C. 449 (1950) (Commission Decision) (preparations containing iodine and copper to correct obesity due to thyroid deficiency; New Century Sun Lamp because certain forms of obesity are aided by sunlight; mineral preparations for overweight conditions)

Mid-West Drug Co., 43 F.T.C. 349 (1947) (Commission Decision) (Ju-Van to treat obesity and reduce weight naturally and safely, without dieting or exercising)

Zo-Lon Co., 41 F.T.C. 38 (1945) (Commission Decision) (Zo-Lon compound for substantial reduction in weight and treatment for obesity, without dieting or exercising)

HealthAids, Inc., 40 F.T.C. 10 (1945) (Commission Decision) (Serutan as part of the Famous Lindlahr 7-day Reducing Diet)

E. Griffiths Hughes, Inc., 40 F.T.C. 448 (1945) (Commission Decision) (Krushen Salts preparation to reduce weight promptly and safely)

The Carlay Co., 39 F.T.C. 357 (1944) (Commission Decision) (Ayds Candy reducing plan to curb the appetite for fattening food and lose up to 10 pounds in 5 days, without dieting or exercising)

The Hollywood Magic Garment Co., 36 F.T.C. 110 (1943) (Commission Decision) (Hollywood Magic Garment device to reduce weight, fat, and flesh scientifically, safely, and as rapidly as one pound a day, without dieting or exercising)

Gene Hughes Drug Stores, Inc., 35 F.T.C. 20 (1942) (Commission Decision) (Slendoids capsules to treat or cure obesity safely)

Battle Creek Drugs, 34 F.T.C. 651 (1942) (Commission Decision) (BonKora preparation to reduce excess fat from certain parts of the body safely, without dieting or exercising)

Eisenberg, Melvin V., 34 F.T.C. 410 (1941) (Commission Decision) (Fat-O-No preparation to treat obesity easily and safely or to reduce excess fat; purity and safety is guaranteed by a leading insurance company; recommended by many physicians)

Stanton, Clara, 34 F.T.C. 153 (1941) (Commission Decision) (Anti-Fat Tablets to reduce excess fat gradually and safely and to prevent obesity)

American Medicinal Products, Inc., 32 F.T.C. 1376 (1941) (Commission Decision) (Re-Duce-Oids preparation to treat or cure obesity safely by the daily ingestion of 1 grains of desiccated thyroid)

Miller, Julius, 32 F.T.C. 122 (1940) (Commission Decision) (Miller’s Reducing Prescripton to remedy or cure obesity safely and to reduce weight)

Weinstock, I. Ralph, 31 F.T.C. 1399 (1940) (Commission Decision) (O.B.C. to cure or remedy obesity safely)

Kaplan, Blanche, 31 F.T.C. 1111 (1940) (Commission Decision) (Ladies Aid Reducing Tablets to reduce as many as 5 pounds a week safely, without dieting or exercising)

The Chapman Health Products Company, 30 F.T.C. 1199 (1940) (Commission Decision) (Daintee preparation to treat or cure obesity safely and scientifically)

Benham, Leland F., 30 F.T.C. 1086 (1940) (Commission Decision) (Le Flor Weight Reduction Tablets to remedy or cure obesity scientifically)

American Clinical Labs, Inc., 29 F.T.C. 1389 (1939) (Commission Decision) (Retardo preparation to reduce substantial amounts of weight safely, without dieting or exercising)

Brinkler, George, 28 F.T.C. 1671 (1939) (Commission Decision) (correspondence courses in diet and health to gain or reduce any number of pounds within any certain period of time)

Banta, Guy J., 28 F.T.C. 108 (1939) (Commission Decision) (Cal-A-Mo Reducing Bath to safely bathe off as much as 2 to 5 pounds or more excess fat with one bath)

Gorov, Harry, 28 F.T.C. 38 (1939) (Commission Decision) (281 preparation to reduce weight; widely prescribed by physicians)

Gates Medicine Co., 27 F.T.C. 1040 (1938) (Commission Decision) (Rock-a-WaterTablets to safely lose as many as 10 pounds in 11 days, without dieting)

Korjena Medicine Co., 26 F.T.C. 1013 (1938) (Commission Decision) (Korjena product to melt away from 7 to 10 pounds in two weeks scientifically and safely; approved by medical profession and prescribed by many doctors)

Glenn Laboratories, Inc., 25 F.T.C. 302 (1937) (Commission Decision) (Dr. Thomas’ R 157 preparation containing desiccated thyroid to treat obesity or reduce weight)

Germania Tea Co., 25 F.T.C. 150 (1937) (Commission Decision) (Germania Orange Pekoe tea to treat obesity)

Raladam Co., 24 F.T.C. 475 (1937) (Commission Decision) (Marmola preparation containing desiccated thyroid to treat obesity or reduce weight)

LaGuardia, Giacomo, 24 F.T.C. 387 (1937) (Commission Decision) (LaGuardia’s herbs to correct the causes of excess weight)

Dispensary Supply Co., 22 F.T.C. 735 (1936) (Commission Decision) (McCaskey’s Prescription Tablets to treat or cure obesity or to reduce excess fat)

Marner, James M., 20 F.T.C. 346 (1935) (Commission Decision) (McCaskey’s Prescription Tablets to treat or cure obesity or to reduce excess fat)

Eopa Co., 20 F.T.C. 117 (1935) (Commission Decision) (Eopa Phytolberry Tablets to lose up to 15 to 20 pounds a month safely)

Munk, Eugene, 19 F.T.C. 183 (1934) (Commission Decision) (massage cream to reduce fat from certain parts of the body)

E. Griffiths Hughes, Inc., 18 F.T.C. 1 (1933) Commission Decision) (laxative salts and bath salts to treat or cure obesity and to reduce excess fat)

Bush, David V., 14 F.T.C. 90 (1930) (Commission Decision) (instructions to reduce flesh and weight through a diet of fruit juices and water, without starving, exercising, or drugs)

McGowan Laboritories, Inc., 11 F.T.C. 125 (1927) (Commission Decision) (toilet compound to quickly and permanently dissolve away excess flesh from certain parts of the body )

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