WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) announced that it is mailing 191,748 refund checks totaling $9,190,842.68
to consumers who purchased Pure Health or Genesis green coffee bean extract
weight-loss supplements, with each consumer receiving $47.93.
The checks must be cashed within 60 days or they will become
void. Consumers who purchased the supplement from a retail store may be
eligible for a partial refund by filing a claim form with the FTC.
These refunds stem from a January 2015 complaint against Pure
Health LLC, Genesis Today Inc. and their principal, Lindsey Duncan, in which
the FTC charged the defendants with deceptive claims. Duncan purportedly told
consumers the supplement could help them lose 17 pounds and 16 percent of their
body fat in just 12 weeks without diet or exercise.
Duncan marketed the supplement on "The Dr. Oz Show," "The View"
and other television programs. She allegedly claimed the supplement was backed
up by a clinical study.
After settling with the FTC, the defendants were barred from
making deceptive claims and had to pay redress for the consumer refunds that
are now going out.