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Judge Orders 5-hour Energy To Pay $4.3M For Deceptive Advertising

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Deceptive Advertising

A judge in Washington state has ordered the makers of 5-hour ENERGY® to pay $4.3. million in penalties and fees for misleading consumers with deceptive advertising.

NY State Reaches Settlement With DeVry Over Deceptive Advertising

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Deceptive Advertising

The New York Attorney General’s Office has announced a settlement with DeVry University that will provide $2.25 million in restitution for New York graduates. The settlement also requires the for-profit education company to stop making certain advertising claims and to pay an additional $500,000 in...

Government Lawsuit Says Prevagen Can't Back Its Claims

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM / Deceptive Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General have filed suit against the makers of Prevagen. The government agencies say Quincy Bioscience, the company that manufacturers the dietary supplements, has misled consumers with its claims that Prevagen can help with age-associated memory loss.

Lawsuit Alleges Coca-Cola Misled Consumers With Deceptive Marketing

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM / Consumer News, Deceptive Advertising

Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that the organizations have mislead consumers about the possible health problems associated with drinking sodas and other sugary beverages.

Major Credit Bureaus To Pay For Deceiving Consumers

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Deceptive Advertising, Credit Score, Deceptive Pricing

Two of the nation’s largest credit reporting bureaus have been charged with misleading consumers about their credit scores.  According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TransUnion and Equifax deceived consumers about the usefulness and cost of credit scores and other credit-related products and...

FTC Bans Eukanuba From Making Claims About Helping Dogs Live Longer  

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Deceptive Advertising

Can a certain dog food brand really help your pet live longer? That’s the exact claim Eukanuba made in an advertising campaign earlier this year.

DeVry Agrees To $100M Settlement For Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM / Deceptive Advertising, Student Loan Debt, FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that DeVry University has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the for-profit school of misleading students.

MyPillow To Pay $1M Settlement In Deceptive Advertising Suit

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 10, 2016 at 11:34 AM / Consumer News, Deceptive Advertising

My Pillow, Inc. has agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a deceptive advertising lawsuit filed by prosecutors in nine California counties.

Watchdogs Urge FTC To Crackdown On Influencer Marketing Aimed at Kids

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM / Consumer News, Deceptive Advertising, FTC

Influencer marketing is the one of the biggest trends in advertising – businesses hiring social media personalities to market products to their huge audiences. Just this past weekend, 60 Minutes reported on the practice, showing that brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Cheerios and Jimmy John’s are paying...

T-Mobile To Pay $48 Million For Misleading Consumers About Data Plan

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 20, 2016 at 11:11 AM / Consumer News, Deceptive Advertising

The Federal Communications Commission has fined T-Mobile for selling unlimited data plans that really weren’t unlimited.

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