WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) has announced that a U.S. district court judge has ruled that COORGA
Nutraceuticals Corporation and its principal Garfield Coore violated the law by alleging their “Grey Defence”
dietary supplements reversed or prevented gray hair.
The company can no longer say that its
products can reverse or prevent gray hair, unless it comes up with viable
scientific evidence. The defendants will also pay $391,335 in penalties, some
of which may go to allegedly defrauded consumers.
“If a company says a product can get rid of gray hair or
have some other miraculous result, they need the science to support that,” said
Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We’re pleased
that the court agreed with the commission that strong product claims require
strong evidence backing them up.”
The FTC initially filed its complaint against the defendants
in May 2015. The court granted its motion for summary judgment last month.
The FTC had previously reached settlements with GetAwayGrey
LLC and Rise-N-Shine LLC, two marketers of similar products.