CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) announced that Viatek Consumer Products Group Inc. and company
owner and President Lou Lentine will settle after allegations of false claims
about Viatek-brand Mosquito Shield Bands.
“With Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses in the
news, consumers might be looking for products that protect them from mosquitoes,”
Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said. “The
defendants took advantage of those concerns, and peddled a product without
having scientific support that it effectively prevented mosquito bites.”
Lentine and Viatek allegedly marketed the wristbands to
consumers directly and through retailers. The defendants told consumers the
bands would protect users from being bitten by mosquitoes, the FTC charged.
These wristbands were purported to create a “vapor barrier” that shielded people
from being bitten and provides users with 96 to 120 hours of protection. The
FTC believes the company had insufficient scientific data to back up these
The consent order mandates that the defendants pay $300,000
and have competent and reliable scientific data to support any future claims
The FTC voted 3-0 to file the proposed stipulated final
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