September 6, 2000 |
The Federal Trade Commission is suing former baseball player Steve Garvey for acting as host of a diet-drug advertisement that federal regulators contend was deceptive. The suit, filed last month, builds on an April suit that alleged Enforma Natural Products Inc. and two of its principals, Andrew Grey and Fred Zinos, made "false and unsubstantiated" claims about "The Enforma System."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1986 |
The owners of two car dealerships agreed Tuesday to pay $32,000 to settle a state attorney general's lawsuit alleging that they misled customers in Van Nuys and Orange County through false advertising. Jim Smathers and Marvin Smith, who own Performance Lincoln-Mercury in Van Nuys and Cypress Nissan/Datsun in Cypress, agreed to pay the state $25,000 in civil penalties and $7,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to settle the suit, which accused them of violations at both dealerships.
January 9, 1985
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Hertz Corp., a unit of RCA, violated federal laws against false advertising with a claim in an ad that "Hertz has more new cars than Avis has cars." The court found that Avis, a unit of Beatrice Cos., in fact had 13,000 more cars in its fleet than Hertz had "new" cars. The court scheduled a hearing to assess damages. Hertz said it would appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1986 |
A group of Canoga Park mail-order companies marketing a Japanese "super pill," billed as being able to flush calories from the body without dieting, agreed Thursday to pay $500,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement in a civil lawsuit that accused the firm of false and misleading advertising. The settlement stemmed from a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in November by the district attorney's consumer protection division.
August 13, 2004 |
A federal jury teed off on Dunlop Slazenger on Thursday, awarding $2.2 million to rival Callaway Golf Co. in a dispute over whose golf ball goes farthest. Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas Inc. began using the slogan "The Longest Ball on Tour" for its Maxfli A-10 in 2001. Callaway sued, arguing that the claim was demonstrably false based on Dunlop's own internal testing of the A-10 versus Callaway's CTU 30 and HX golf balls. Callaway sought $1.
November 30, 2007 |
The next battle in the Splenda wars is about to begin. A hearing in a false-advertising lawsuit against the company that makes the sweetener is scheduled for Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. Filed by five U.S. sugar companies, the suit claims McNeil Nutritionals has deliberately misled consumers with its "made from sugar, tastes like sugar" advertising campaign. "We believe it is manipulation on an important subject," said Dan Callister, a lawyer for the Sugar Assn. Inc.