August 28th, 2020
In August 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against 4E Brands for allegedly deceptively representing that the active ingredient in various brands of hand sanitizers – including Assured, Blumen, Klar and Danver, Hello Kitty by Sanrio, Honeykeeper, and Modesa – is ethyl alcohol when, according to the complaint, the active ingredient in them is actually
August 25th, 2020
It’s disingenuous for brands to suggest they are boycotting a platform and then still run ads on that platform.
July 17th, 2020
October 2019: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement. April 2019: A federal judge preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for October 11, 2019. March 2019: The plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would provide class members with a $4 cash award
June 29th, 2020
On June 22, 2020, TINA.org responded to the FTC’s request for comment on the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (referred to here as the Endorsement Guides or Guides). First passed in 1980, and last amended in 2009, the Endorsement Guides provide guidance to businesses, and others, to ensure that advertisements
June 19th, 2020
In June 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against GermBloc and WillSpeed Technology for allegedly misleadingly marketing that GermBloc alcohol-free hand sanitizer kills “99.99% of germs” and prevents diseases when, according to plaintiffs, there is no scientific evidence to support such claims. (Lagorio et al v. GermBloc, Inc. and WillSpeed Technology LLC, Case No. 20-cv-11074,
May 20th, 2020
Company had claimed the key ingredient in its “system of protection” was proven to “kill” the coronavirus.
May 20th, 2020
TINA.org investigated Everest Microbial Defense, a Colorado-based company that sells cleaning products, and found that it was deceptively marketing alcohol-free hand sanitizers and surface cleaners that the company claimed, without adequate substantiation, could kill the COVID-19 virus. As a result of these findings, TINA.org sent a warning letter to Everest on April 30, 2020 notifying it of TINA.org’s findings
April 9th, 2020
The bottom line: Only FDA-approved drugs can be marketed to prevent disease.
January 27th, 2020
A 2020 TINA.org investigation revealed that Goop is violating a 2018 Stipulated Judgment by deceptively marketing products as having a therapeutic effect on several medical conditions. Such conditions include anxiety, depression, OCD, hormone imbalances and hair loss. Goop also deceptively markets products as able to address the symptoms of excessive alcohol consumption. The following is
September 24th, 2019
November 2018: This action was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. August 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Green Room Marketing for allegedly falsely marketing EucoClean 3-in-1 Bed Bug Defense System and EucoClean Naturals Lice Away as being natural and non-toxic when, according to plaintiffs, they contain alcohol ethoxylate
September 5th, 2019
Odds are you being good at trivia is not enough if you want to pay off your student loan debt with this app.
August 26th, 2019
Drinking low alcohol wines to avoid a hangover? Here’s why that doesn’t work.
July 18th, 2019
A review of TINA.org’s work exposing deceptive marketing tactics by social media influencers.
May 7th, 2019
April 2019: The named plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his claims , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. Later in April, the same named plaintiff filed another complaint bringing similar allegations. (Okoe et al v. Parfums De Coeur, Ltd., Case No. 19-cv-602, D. Conn.) December 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Parfums De Coeur
May 3rd, 2019
TINA.org reader calls out promotion for cruise lines’ CHEERS! beverage program.
April 30th, 2019
In April 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against O Organics and Lucerne Foods for allegedly falsely marketing O Organics Kombucha beverages as non-alcoholic when, according to plaintiffs, the beverages contain three to five times more alcohol than non-alcoholic beverages are allowed to have. Plaintiffs also claim that the marketing for the Kombucha beverages understates
April 15th, 2019
The Class of 2019 is a veritable who’s who of the wellness, hip hop and sporting world.
March 28th, 2019
DJ Khaled Shameful Acts: The King of Snapchat was paid $50,000 by cryptocurrency company Centra Tech to “Bless Up” its initial coin offering (ICO) on social media. Not only did Khaled promote the company’s bogus debit card but he failed to mention he was being paid to do it. Maybe it was the booze
March 7th, 2019
FDA warning letter outlines several issues related to supplement’s marketing.
March 4th, 2019
TINA.org finds 95 percent of social media influencers previously put on notice by the FTC breaking the law.