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Does it sound believable that wearing undergarments infused with caffeine would help people lose weight?
While it may sound ridiculous to many, two companies actually marketed such products, and someone out there in consumer land bought them.
The Federal Trade Commission charged that Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America made false claims that their women’s “shapewear” undergarments would help people lose weight.
Now the companies have been ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in consumer refunds.
“Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss’ brew concocted by marketers,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear. The best approach is tried and true: diet and exercise.”
The FTC’s complaint against Norm Thompson Outfitters alleges the company deceptively advertised, marketed, and sold women’s undergarments infused with microencapsulated caffeine, retinol, and other ingredients, claiming the “shapewear” would slim and reshape the wearer’s body and reduce cellulite. The products, made with Lytess brand fabrics, were sold via mail order and on the company’s Norm Thompson Outfitters, Sahalie, Body Solutions, and Body*Belle websites.
Specifically, the FTC alleges that the company made claims that wearing its shapewear would eliminate or substantially reduce cellulite; reduce the wearer’s hip measurements by up to two inches and their thigh measurements by one inch; and reduce thigh and hip measurements “without any effort.”
The complaint alleges that these claims are not true or substantiated by scientific evidence, and therefore violate the FTC Act.
The complaint against Wacoal contains similar allegations. It charges that the company’s iPants supposedly slimmed the body and reduced cellulite. Specifically, the company made false and unsubstantiated claims that wearing iPants would: substantially reduce cellulite; cause a substantial reduction in the wearer’s thigh measurements; and destroy fat cells, resulting in substantial slimming. The complaint alleges that these claims are not true or substantiated by scientific evidence, and therefore also violate the FTC Act.
The companies are barred from claiming that any garment that contains any drug or cosmetic causes substantial weight or fat loss or a substantial reduction in body size. In addition, the companies are prohibited from making claims that any drug or cosmetic reduces or eliminates cellulite or reduces body fat, unless they are not misleading and can be substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence.Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:55:14 -0400
(AP) Christian conservatives who helped pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in North Carolina are gathering again in Raleigh to try to keep the prohibition defended in court.
The group called Return America planned a rally Tuesday behind the Legislative Building.
Religious leaders involved in the "Take Your Stand" rally say the event was designed to tell judges and Attorney General Roy Cooper it's their job to preserve the 2012 amendment. Cooper has said his office will no longer defend the amendment because a similar Virginia ban has been struck down by an appeals court.
More than 60 percent of the voters approved the amendment.
Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte was among the scheduled speakers. Return America has held similar rallies promoting traditional marriage.Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:51:51 -0400
(AP) Former President Bill Clinton is coming to North Carolina to help raise money for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election campaign.
Clinton was slated to be in Chapel Hill on Tuesday to headline a fundraising luncheon for the first-term Democrat. Hagan's campaign said the event at The Carolina Inn was private and closed to the media.
Hagan is running against Republican Thom Tillis.
Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, gave birth to her first child last Friday. The girl named Charlotte was born at a New York hospital.
Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 and 1996 but failed to carry North Carolina on either occasion. Hillary Clinton is now considering a 2016 presidential bid.Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:35:26 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories