July 15th, 2019
June 2019: This case was transferred from a court in Illinois to another in New Jersey where a similar case (Rolland v. Spark Energy) is pending. (Case No. 19-cv-14114, D. NJ.) March 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Spark Energy for allegedly using a bait-and-switch marketing scheme in which it lures consumers to switch
April 26th, 2017
In April 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Spark Energy for allegedly using a bait-and-switch marketing scheme by offering consumers an initial teaser rate for their electricity and a subsequent “variable market rate” without telling consumers that the variable rate is “substantially higher” than the teaser rate and does not actually fluctuate based on
January 4th, 2016
In December 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Spark Energy (a supplier of electricity and natural gas) for allegedly engaging in a deceptive bait-and-switch scheme. According to the complaint, the company promises customers who switch from their local utilities to Spark will save on their monthly energy bill and pay competitive variable rates based
May 21st, 2019
March 2018: A federal judge dismissed this case because the plaintiffs did not include “credible or persuasive scientific studies to support their false advertising claims.” Later in March, the named plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the dismissal of the case. January 2018: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint bringing similar allegations. 2017: In May,
March 6th, 2019
In February 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Campbell Soup Company regarding the marketing for V8 Energy, V8 Energy – Sparkling, and V8 Energy – Diet. The complaint claims that the company: Falsely markets that the caffeine in the drinks provides “steady energy” and does not cause a crash when, according to plaintiffs, these
January 10th, 2012
As prices for electricity and gas soar, companies have been offering energy-saving devices that should save you bucks. In many cases, these companies are legitimate and their products earn the government-backed “Energy Star” seal of approval. But some products are not saving you much, if at all. There are two main reasons why this
October 2nd, 2019
Health and wellness products MLM allegedly rewarded recruitment over product sales.
January 16th, 2020
Between June 2019 and December 2019, TINA.org searched Amazon.com for “brain supplements” and collected more than 100 examples of search results and product pages in which the product had one or more of the following Amazon designations: Amazon Prime, Fulfilled by Amazon, Sponsored, Ships from and sold by Amazon.com, Editorial recommendation, Best Seller or Amazon’s
December 27th, 2018
It was another successful year outing deceptive marketing on multiple fronts.
January 5th, 2017
• 2020 • 2019 • 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 “MLMs Are Using Coronavirus Anxiety To Exploit The Quarantined and Unemployed” Jesselyn Cook, May 29, 2020 ““Tens of millions of Americans are out of work and trying to make ends meet. It’s a very susceptible
November 1st, 2016
TINA.org investigation reveals illegal health claims used to market MLM supplements.