March 5th, 2020
February 2020: Plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement. According to its terms, class members may receive a cash refund for products purchased ($18 for a 3/2 gallon jug, $27 for a 5-gallon jug, and $200 for a 55-gallon drum) and a cash award to reimburse them for the cost of repairing
February 28th, 2020
February 2020: The Sevy case was also transferred from a court in Kansas to one in Missouri to be consolidated with Allicks v. Omni Specialty Packaging. (Sevy et al v. O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. et al, Case No. 20-cv-83, W.D. Mo.) January 2020: The Thiry case was transferred to a court in Missouri to be consolidated
September 10th, 2019
In August 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Smitty’s Supply and Tractor Supply Co. for allegedly misleadingly marketing tractor hydraulic fluids as providing anti-wear and protective benefits when, according to plaintiffs, the fluids do not provide the promised benefits. In addition, the complaint claims that the company represents that the fluids meet certain manufacturer
July 25th, 2019
In June 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Smitty’s Supply and Rural King for allegedly misleadingly marketing tractor hydraulic fluids – including Cam2 Pro Tech 303 Tractor Hydraulic Oil and Super S SuperTrac 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid – as meeting 303 manufacturer specifications when, according to the complaint, the 303 specification is obsolete and
June 14th, 2019
In June 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Citgo Petroleum and Orscheln Farm and Home for allegedly misleadingly marketing that tractor hydraulic fluids – including Premium 303 Tractor Hydraulic and Transmission Fluid and Mile Master 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid – meet certain 303 manufacturer specifications when, according to the complaint, the 303 designation is
August 22nd, 2019
A review of the FTC’s Made in USA enforcement actions
September 4th, 2018
Goop to pay $145,000 in penalties and cease deceptive marketing as a result of California action.
August 13th, 2018
New lawsuit calls Jeunesse a pyramid scheme while taking aim at product line.
July 11th, 2017
# Step2 Product Origin 1 Playmats – 20 Piece Set Made in China 2 Playmats – 24×24 inch Made in China 3 42 inch Green Wavy Umbrella Made in China 4 42 inch Seaside Umbrella Made in China 5 42 inch Wavy Umbrella Made in China 6 Kickback Soccer Goal & Pitch Back Made
June 29th, 2017
January 2017: The appeal was voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed. December 2016: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement. Later in December, an objector filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the decision to grant approval. July 2016: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement of this lawsuit. According
October 4th, 2016
A federal court judge has ordered AMG Capital and its chief operator, race car driver Scott Tucker, to pay more than $1 billion for deceiving consumers about its payday lending services by falsely claiming it would charge loan borrowers a one-time fee but instead repeatedly dipped into customers’ bank accounts and assessed a new fee
March 11th, 2016
August 3, 2016: The GSA informs TINA.org that all of the identified errors on its website have been updated or removed, as appropriate. May 26, 2016: TINA.org informs the GSA of latest audit results showing that U.S.-origin misrepresentations still exist on the GSA Advantage website, and that extending the time for contractors to break the law is
March 11th, 2016
Uncle Sam gets made in the USA claims wrong.
August 26th, 2015
Having combed through the 200-plus pages that the FTC filed against Vemma Nutrition Company, Vemma International Holdings, Inc., Benson K. (B.K.) Boreyko, Tom Alkazin and his wife Bethany (defendants) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, here’s ten basic things you need to know: 1. What’s the FTC been up to?
July 21st, 2015
U.S. Senators question FDA, retailers about supplements.
April 24th, 2014
Agency seeks to regulate the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes.
October 13th, 2013
A friend of TINA.org forwarded this story about a roofing job gone wrong. The reader hired a roofing company she found advertised in the phonebook: Here’s what happened when the roofers came: They came to do the work, fell through the skylight in the master bedroom, and replaced it with Plexiglass. They promised they would
April 17th, 2013
Disasters, whether man-made or natural, can attract criminals who use such opportunities to make money and steal personal information.
February 1st, 2013
Lance Armstrong has conned me one too many times.
December 7th, 2012
That app you must have may not be what you think.