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FTC’s “vague standard” on trial

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The Federal Trade Commission "is unlawfully trying to suppress...commercial free speech protected by the First Amendment through imposition of a vague substantiation standard for advertised claims," according to a lawsuit filed in Utah district court by Relacore marketer Carter-Reed Dec. 13. Claims for C-R's stress-reliever and "belly-fat" reducer dietary supplement initially were cited by the National Advertising Division, and subsequently referred to FTC (1"The Tan Sheet" June 28, 2004, In Brief). FTC then threatened Carter-Reed with law enforcement action for making false and misleading claims for the cortisol-containing product. The firm is seeking to enjoin the FTC from suppressing advertised claims for Relacore under the FTC Act's "competent and reliable scientific evidence" standard...

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