WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 25 that Chemical Free Solutions LLC (CFS) will pay $224,356 for consumer refunds to settle allegations of deceptively marketing its Cedarcide Original product.
Cedarcide Original is a line of cedar oil-based products that CFS claimed could stop and prevent bed bug infestations, the FTC states. The company had previously agreed in 2013 to an FTC order preventing the company from making false claims about its products. CFS admitted to violating the 2013 order. The FTC states that CFS is banned from selling bed bug eradication products.
The FTC also filed a contempt motion against defendant David Glassel, the previous controller of CFS. The FTC seeks injunctive relief against Glassel, including a ban on advertising, marketing, promoting, selling or being involved in deceptive claims for bed bug products.
The FTC voted 2-0 to authorize its staff to approve the filing of a stipulated modified order against Chemical Free Solutions LLC. The order included permanent injunction, monetary judgment and compensatory contempt relief. The FTC also voted 2-0 to file a contempt motion against Glassel. Both documents were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division.