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In Brief: FTC v. SlimAmerica

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FTC v. SlimAmerica: Case tried Dec. 9-17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. federal court; a decision is pending. The Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based weight-loss marketer in January 1997 for making false and misleading claims for its Super Formula weight loss products. Claims included "Zaps three inches from your thighs" ("The Tan Sheet" Feb. 10, 1997, p. 24). The commission is seeking over $8 mil. in consumer restitution, as well as restrictions to discourage the defendants, Frank Sarcone and Robert Wyman, from further weight-loss marketing, telemarketing and direct-mail marketing. SlimAmerica's Super Formula weight-loss program include Slim Again (chromium picolinate and hydroxycitrate), Absorbit-ALL (chitin) and Absorbit-ALL PLUS (konjac glucomannan)...
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