(Legal Newsline) —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 7 that it
will mail refund checks to more than 1,300 consumers who had purchased Mercola
indoor tanning systems. The checks amount to a total of roughly $2.59 million.
process comes on the heels of a 2016 settlement between the FTC and Dr. Joseph
Mercola and his companies. The FTC had said Mercola brand D-Lite, SunSplash,
and Vitality indoor tanning systems – products marketed by the defendants –
were not as safe as the defendants maintained. Mercola and his companies
marketed these products as safe, alleging that research proves indoor tanning
does not increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer. Mercola also said the
products can reverse the appearance of aging. The FTC alleged these were
false claims not supported by science.
his companies are banned from selling indoor tanning systems. They will also
provide refunds to any consumer who purchased a tanning system after Jan. 1,
2012, and submitted a refund request before Oct. 31, 2016. On average, customers
will receive a refund of $1,897. The FTC noted that consumers should cash these
checks within 60 days of the mailing date.