Tag Archive for consumer protection

The “great” and “doctorful” Oz admits he doesn’t have miracle solutions

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No kidding! This truly is great. I wish I’d seen it. But Consumerist has an excellent summary that sounds like when Dr. Oz went to Congress he got more trouble than he bargained for. McCaskill deserves applause. Dr. Oz Grilled By Senator Over “Miracle” Weight-Loss Claims – Consumerist. Since he started appearing on pal Oprah…

Skechers still sketchy with shoe marketing

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In an update to this settlement for making unfounded claims… Skechers pays up for Shape-ups. The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 509,175 refund checks to purchasers of Shape-ups and other so-called toning shoes from Skechers after the company agreed to pay a $40 million settlement. The FTC said that Skechers (SKX) was paying the price for having…

The Australian Shonkys 2012 – awards for dodgy products

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Every year the Australian consumer watchdog group; Choice, releases its “Shonky Awards”. For the non-Australians among us shonky means dodgy, suspect, misleading or fraudulent. Each year the Shonky Awards highlight the most inefficient, poor value for money and sometimes outright dangerous products or services making their rounds in Australia. Shonkys 2012 – awards for shoddy…

Unsportsmanlike claims

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‘Lack of evidence’ that popular sports products work Consumers could be wasting their money on sports drinks, protein shakes and high-end trainers, according to a new joint investigation by BBC Panorama and the British Medical Journal. A team at Oxford University examined 431 claims in 104 sport product adverts and found a “worrying” lack of…

Green bags, brown bananas

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Frugal living blog Squawkfox does a straightforward experiment to test the claims made for food preservation bags. Food Waste Experiment: Are Debbie Meyer Green Bags worth it? “Save money by eliminating waste.” That’s the claim that first caught my eye when I picked up a box of Debbie Meyer Green Bags. Who doesn’t want to…

Beware of traditional Chinese meds: Tests reveal nasty stuff in them

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Another HUGE black eye for herbal meds. A widely distributed news story about how TCM products contain potentially harmful and banned substances: Traditional Chinese medicines under scrutiny DNA analysis can identify illegal or unsafe ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines, according to new research. An Australian-led group of scientists found traces of endangered species, as well…

Boiron Oscillicoccinum in court in Canada

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REOLAW.ca – Boiron Canada – Oscillicoccinum. In March 2012 REO launched a proposed class action against Boiron Canada relating to the marketing of Oscillicoccinum and Oscillicoccinum Children. The Statement of Claim alleges that, among other things, Boiron breached several consumer protection statues in its marketing of Oscillicoccinum as the product contains virtually none of its…

Shall we have a pity party for Trudeau?

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TV pitchman Trudeau loses appeal of $37.6 million fine Infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau lost his bid to throw out a $37.6 million fine for violating a 2004 Federal Trade Commission settlement over his advertising and a federal appeals court said the amount might even be too low. Trudeau argued that U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman…

Holy Hologram! Power Balance files for bankruptcy?

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City Beat: Sacramento arena namesake Power Balance files for bankruptcy. Power Balance, the Southern California wristband company that purchased the naming rights of the Sacramento Kings’ arena earlier this year, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, documents show. The company’s filing for Chapter 11 reorganization comes after it settled a $57.4 million class action lawsuit…

The end: Power Balance bands peer reviewed and failed

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Effect of the Power Balance® Band on Static Balance, Hamstring Flexibility, and Arm Strength in Adults |PubMed Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of Power Balance® bands on strength, flexibility, and balance. Strength and flexibility were measured using the MicroFit system. There was a significant difference between the conditions in…