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Xenadrine EFX refunds

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The Federal Trade Commission will accept refund requests through Sept. 15 from consumers who were not satisfied with the product after buying it between Feb. 1, 2002 and May 22, 2006, the agency said in an Aug. 6 release. Under a settlement announced Jan. 4, Xenadrine EFX marketers Robert Chinery Jr., Tracey Chinery and RTC Research & Development LLC were required to pay as much as $12.8 million for consumer refunds after FTC alleged the product's weight-loss claims were false and unsubstantiated. Xenadrine EFX includes green tea extract and other caffeine sources (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 8, 2007, p. 4)...

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