Newsline) — Block
Division Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems, agreed to
stop making misleading claims that its products were made
in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said.
marketed its pulley block systems with unqualified “Made in the USA” advertising through its
website, in stores, through trade shows and authorized dealers, on social
media and through fliers and pamphlets. The FTC claimed, however, that Block
Division’s products included imported parts that were significant
to the function of the products.
“Consumers have the right to know that they can trust
companies to be truthful when it comes to ‘Made in USA’ claims,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said on March 8. “This is an important issue for American business and their customers,
and the FTC will remain vigilant in this area."
voted 2-0 to issue the complaint and accept the proposed consent order; the
consent order is currently available for public comment until April 7. After
the public comment period, the FTC will determine whether to make the proposed
consent order final.