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False Claims for Himalayan Salt Lamps Class Action

Glowing Himalayan Salt Lamp

Do Himalayan salt lamps have multiple benefits, including cleaning the air and releasing negative ions? No, says the complaint for this class action. It brings suit against Headclicks, Inc. for what it alleges are false statements the company makes in marketing its salt lamps.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons who have made retail purchases in the US of the products at issue in this case, during the applicable limitations period. There is also a New York Class, for those who made their purchases in New York.

Himalayan salt lamps are made from large, pink rock crystals cut from the Himalayan foothills in Pakistan. The crystals are hollowed out and a bulb is inserted inside. When lit, they give off a pink light. 

These are products at issue in this case:

  • Amethya Himalayan Salt Lamp Hand Carved (Set of 2)
  • Himalayan Crystal Salt Mini Lamp
  • Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp Hand Carved with Elegant Wood Base
  • Amethya Himalayan Salt Lamp Fire Bowl
  • Himalayan Metal Basket Bowl Salt Lamp

Plaintiff Daniel Okoe bought the first item, a set of two salt lamps, on for $25. 

The complaint quotes the product descriptions from the website:

  • “Salt lamps cleanse & deodorize the air: incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants from the air.”
  • “[A]s they emit negative ions into the air, Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralize electromagnetic radiation.”
  • “Himalayan salt lamps purify air through the power of Hygroscopy, meaning that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules - as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying…”
  • “Reduce allergy & asthma symptoms…”
  • “Eases coughing…”
  • “Better sleep…”
  • “[I]mprove mood and concentration, reduce static electricity in the air…”

According to the complaint, similar claims are made for the other products. But the complaint claims that these claims are false, and it quotes a number of experts to demonstrate that.

For example, on the production of negative ions, it quotes science journalist Signe Dean as saying, “To break apart the ionic bonds between the two chemicals comprising salt, you’d need a far greater energy input than a tiny light bulb can provide. Besides, if that did happen, the salt would emit chlorine gas, and you’d definitely notice that.”

For another example, it quotes the website A Breath of Reason as saying, “[I]f the negative ions did bind to dust particles and allergens, and other pollutants that could trigger asthma symptoms, there’s no chance of them being heavy enough to weigh the dust down, trap it against a grounded surface, and make it easy to just wipe away.”

The complaint alleges violations of New York’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and False Advertising Law as well as breaches of warranties and common law fraud. 

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