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False Health Claims

Container of Nature's Way Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Nature’s Way Products, LLC and Schwabe North America, Inc. are paying $1.85 million to settle a class action alleging that it advertised its Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Liquid Coconut Oil in ways that are deceptive.

Box of Kellogg's Smart Start Cereal

The complaint begins with strong line: “The scientific evidence is compelling: Excessive consumption of added sugar is toxic to the human body.” The allegations? That Kellogg Sales Company adds sugar to its products but markets them as being healthy choices.

Container of CVS Health Glucosamine Product

Do CVS’s joint health glucosamine products work? This class action says no. The complaint alleges that the primary ingredients, including glucosamine or glucosamine in combination with other substances, such as chondroitin sulfate or MSM, do not improve joint health, range of movement, stiffness, or other conditions. 

Container of Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Even one high-fat meal made with coconut oil can reduce healthy body functioning, the complaint for this class action claims. Even so, the complaint alleges, Barlean’s Organic Oils, LLC markets its coconut oil as if it were healthy, when it is actually a less healthy fat choice. At issue are three Barlean’s products, its Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Culinary Coconut Oil, and Organic Butter Flavored Coconut Oil.

Two Sizes of Tropicana's "Essential Probiotics" Juice

Does taking probiotics make you healthier? Is juice an appropriate way to take in probiotics? The complaint for this class action says no, taking issue with Tropicana Products, Inc.’s product line of “Essential Probiotics” fruit juices.

Three Jamba Juice Smoothies

Jamba Juice has over 800 retail locations in the US, but are consumers buying their smoothies because they’ve been misled about their contents? The complaint for this class action alleges that the company’s advertising is blatantly false, promising “whole” ingredients when the drinks are actually made from juices, concentrates, and other not-so-healthy ingredients.

NutriMost Logo

NutriMost is settling a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that the company’s claims for its Ultimate Fat Loss System are false. NutriMost advertised its system as a new technology that would allow users to lose 20 to 40 pounds or more in 40 days, safely and without following a restrictive diet.

Bottle of Nature's Bounty Biotin

Nature’s Bounty sells vitamins and other supplements. One of its products is biotin, provided in high doses of 5,000 to 10,000 mcg. But what do such large doses of biotin actually do? Virtually nothing, the complaint claims, even though the labels claim they help hair, skin, and nails. 

Tommie Copper Gloves

Tommie Copper is setting aside $700,000 to settle a class action that alleges it made false claims for its copper-infused compression products.


Is a two-foot stick with curved prongs, selling for $89, a good tool to reduce pain, improve flexibility, and eliminate cellulite? According to the complaint for this class action, the FasciaBlaster does not—and cannot—do any of this, but it can cause pain and bruising.