Dietary Supplement Companies Face Permanent Injunction from FTC LawsuitOct 31, 2013
The makers of a popular line of dietary supplements face the closure of their two companies because they allegedly illegally promoted products containing an ingredient long promoted for weight loss, despite claims from federal health officials that tell otherwise.
HCG Platinum LLC and Right Way Nutrition LLC face permanent injunction from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has also sued their manager, Kevin Wright. The FTC, according to a Law360.com report, alleges that HCG Platinum LLC and Right Way Nutrition LLC each falsely advertised HCG Platinum and other related weight loss supplements.
The ads for HCG Platinum claim that consumers who take these products would experience "rapid and substantial" weight loss. The FTC believes that HCG Platinum LLC and Right Way Nutrition LLC cannot back those claims. The companies market these supplements in that manner because they contain human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG. This supplement has been used for years in dietary and weight loss supplements but there is no evidence available to support claims that people who take products containing this hormone — found in human placentas — will experience fast or significant weight loss, according to Law360.com.
The advertising linked to HCG Platinum claims that people taking the supplements — which are available in oral drops, pellets, and sprays — will lose a pound or two per day for several weeks. These ads were found on Facebook, in other pop-up ads, in magazines, and elsewhere online, Law360.com reports.