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FTC to mail nearly 40,000 refund checks for alleged coffee bean weight loss scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 30 that it is mailing 38,553 refund checks totaling roughly $1.9 million to consumers who purchased Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract supplement from different retailers, including Walmart.

In January 2015, the FTC filed a complaint against Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today Inc., and principal Lindsey Duncan, alleging deceptive claims about their supplements. The defendants told consumers the supplements would help them lose 17 pounds and 16 percent of their body fat in only 12 weeks without diet or exercise. 

According to the FTC, these claims were not backed up by any clinical studies. The defendants settled the case and agreed not to make deceptive weight-loss claims about dietary supplements, as well as to pay a fine.

A first set of checks were sent to nearly 200,000 consumers in June 2016. These consumers had purchased products from the defendants online. This second set of checks will go to consumers who submitted valid claims about retail purchases; they will receive full refunds averaging $49.66.

The FTC began the mailings May 30.

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