Status & Updates
June 28, 2016: After reinvestigating Walmart.com and finding that it still contains Made in the USA misrepresentations (despite Walmart’s numerous assurances that it had fully corrected the issue last year), TINA.org sends complaint letter to FTC.
November 12, 2015: TINA.org sends letter to the FTC regarding Walmart.com’s ineffective Made in the USA disclaimer.
October 23, 2015: A review of Walmart’s website by TINA.org reveals that, despite the company’s removal of the vast majority of false and deceptive Made in the USA claims, some misrepresentations still exist, prompting TINA.org to alert the company, as well as the FTC.
October 20, 2015: The FTC — which investigated Walmart after receiving TINA.org’s complaint — notifies the company that it will not be pursuing further action due to Walmart’s assurance that it has removed all U.S.-origin representations from its website.
July 14, 2015: Due to Walmart’s failure to fully correct the false and deceptive Made in the USA representations on its website, TINA.org sends a complaint letter to the FTC urging it to take action against the company.
June 25, 2015: Walmart informs TINA.org that the USA misrepresentations on the company’s website will be corrected within two weeks.
June 24, 2015: Walmart’s Vice President of U.S. Sourcing sends a letter to TINA.org stating, among other things, that the company is taking steps to ensure that the misrepresentations are corrected and that it is also “undertaking a more extensive quality assurance review to eliminate these kinds of coding errors in the future.”
June 22, 2015: TINA.org sends a warning letter to Walmart’s CEO, General Counsel, and Chief Marketing Officer, alerting them to the issues uncovered by TINA.org’s investigation and requesting that the company confirm in writing by June 26, 2015 that Walmart intends to remove from its website all false and deceptive USA representations.