December 23rd, 2020
November 2020: This case was transferred from a court in New Jersey to one in New York. (Case No. 20-cv-9652, S.D.N.Y.) August 2020: A class-action lawsuit was filed against 4e Brands for allegedly deceptively representing that the active ingredient in Blumen and Assured hand sanitizers is ethyl alcohol when, according to the complaint, the active
December 23rd, 2020
Find out which companies (and people) are on TINA.org’s 2020 naughty list for deceptive marketing.
December 3rd, 2020
June 2020: The appeal was dismissed because the objector reached a settlement agreement with Craft Brew Alliance. According to the terms, the objector will receive $33,000 ($25,500 from class counsel and $7,500 from Craft Brew Alliance). March 2020: An objector filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the order granting final approval of the settlement agreement.
December 2nd, 2020
In November 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Heineken USA Inc. for allegedly misleadingly advertising Tecate brand beer as a Mexican beer without adequately disclosing that the beer is brewed in Holland. (Schelmetty et al v. Heineken USA Inc., Case No. 20-cv-9985, S.D.N.Y.) For more of TINA.org’s coverage of alcohol, click here.
December 1st, 2020
From “cruelty free” to “Made in the USA,” TINA.org finds personal care company’s marketing awash with questionable labels.
November 13th, 2020
January 2020: A state court judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement. December 2018: A state court judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that provides class members with a cash award in an amount that depends on the number and type of products purchased. The maximum award a class member may receive is $10.
November 12th, 2020
In November 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly falsely advertising its Ritas™ Margarita, Mojito, Rosé, and Sangria drinks. Plaintiffs claim that the company makes consumers believe that: its Margarita drinks contain tequila by marketing them as “sparkling margarita[s]” when, according to the complaint, the drinks don’t contain any tequila, its Mojito
October 7th, 2020
September 2020: This case was transferred from state court to federal court. (Case No. 20-cv-801, N.D. Ind.) August 2020: A class-action lawsuit was filed against 4e Brands for allegedly deceptively marketing that the active ingredient in Blumen Hand Sanitizer is seventy percent ethyl alcohol without disclosing that methanol, a dangerous alcohol, is also an active
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.