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FTC settles with Chinese company that allegedly deceived consumers about origin of mattresses

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 13 that Nectar Brand LLC will stop making “assembled in the USA” claims about its Chinese-made mattresses after allegations that those claims are false.

Nectar Brand also does business as Nectar Sleep, DreamCloud LLC, and DreamCloud Brand LLC. The company markets its products online at nectarsleep.com, and, according to the FTC, used promotional materials that read “Designed and Assembled in the USA.” The FTC says the mattresses are actually wholly imported from China.

Nectar Brand agreed in the settlement to not make unqualified claims about the origin of its mattresses or other products or services. In order to make any claims, the company must clearly and conspicuously show the claims are qualified.

The FTC voted 2-0 to issue the complaint and accept the proposed consent order, which will go before public comment until April 12. Afterward, the FTC will determine whether to finalize the proposed consent order. 

The FTC noted that comments can be filed in paper form or electronically on the agency’s website. Details of the proposed consent order will be filed in the Federal Register.

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