MyPillow’s Marketing Claims
January 2017: A state judge denied final approval of the proposed settlement agreement because class members did not receive notice that claims not alleged in the original complaint (i.e., that MyPillow deceptively promoted a “Buy One Get One Free” (BOGO) offer by inflating the price of its pillows resulting in consumers actually paying regular price for two pillows) would be included in the settlement agreement.
October 2016: A state judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a false advertising class-action lawsuit against MyPillow. The complaint, which was filed in April 2016, alleges that MyPillow deceptively:
- Marketed products as having the ability to solve sleeping problems – including insomnia, neck and back pain, and snoring – without adequate scientific evidence to support such claims,
- Marketed its inventor as a “sleep expert” when, in reality, the inventor “has no expertise in sleep science or medicine,” and
- Used logos of third party news organizations in its marketing materials to make consumers believe the organizations endorse the product when they do not.
According to the settlement terms, class members may receive a refund of $5 per household. In addition, the company agreed to remove health claims and testimonials from its marketing materials unless the company has adequate scientific evidence to support such claims. The final fairness hearing is scheduled for January 30, 2017. For more information, go to https://www.mypillowsettlement.com/. (Amiri et al v. MyPillow, Inc. and Does 1-10, Case No. CIV-1606479, Superior Court for the State of California, County of San Bernardino)
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