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Deceptive Advertising

Box Containing Flex Belt Product

Can an electrical muscle stimulator (EMS) cause you to lose belly fat and give you “six pack" abs? No, says the complaint for this class action. In fact, it alleges that the Flex Belt from Slendertone Distribution, Inc. is a Class II medical device that requires approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CR England Truck Glamour Shot

This settlement resolves a class action brought against Opportunity Leasing, Inc., doing business as Horizon Truck Sales and Leasing, and CR England for a lease driver program. The complaint alleged that the leasing and independent contractor agreements violated Utah state laws, including its Truth in Advertising Act, Business Opportunity Act, and Consumer Sales Practices act.

Package of Oreos

Oreos, promoted as “Milk’s Favorite Cookie,” are the subject of this class action. The question at issue is a line that its maker, Mondelez Global, LLC, puts on the front of packages of Oreos: “Always Made With Real Cocoa.” The complaint claims that they are not.

Box of Prevagen

Prevagen is advertised as a “clinically tested” brain health supplement. But the complaint for this class action alleges that it has not been clinically tested and does not in fact do anything for brain health. The complaint brings suit against three Quincy Bioscience companies as well as Prevagen, Inc.

Nestle KitKat Chocolate Bar

People want to buy from companies that behave ethically. Normally, we assume that ethical businesses do business only with ethical suppliers. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Nestlé USA, Inc. gets a majority of its chocolate from farms that use child labor and slave labor and that do environmental damage. Despite this, the complaint says, the company claims its chocolate is a sustainable, fair trade product.

Container of Wesson Vegetable Oil

ConAgra Foods, Inc. is settling a class action alleging that it should not have labeled Wesson oil products as “natural” because they contain genetically-modified (GMO) ingredients.

Container of Purex "Natural Elements" Laundry Detergent

Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. has a line of Purex laundry products labeled “Natural Elements.” The company is now settling a class action alleging that that name misled consumer to expect that the products were all natural when in fact they contained synthetic ingredients.

Bag of Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution—Detoxify & Energize with Ginger & Clay

One of the favorite claims of all kinds of products in recent years is that they “detoxify” the body. The complaint for this class action alleges that this and claims of relief of muscle pain made for Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt products are false.

Kate Spade Handbags in Store

When customers see a large discrepancy between an “original price” on an item and the current price, they believe that they are getting a bargain. But this is not always true. The complaint for this class action alleges that Kate Spade & Company put false reference prices on merchandise at its outlet stores to give the false impression of a bargain.

Cell Phone with Broken Screen

SquareTrade is settling a class action centering on the protection plans it sells for devices such as cell phones. The complaint alleged it did not properly disclose the terms of its protection plans, including that claims can only be brought to arbitration and not to court and that its plans only covered items bought on Amazon.

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