For release on December 29, 2017
Jennifer Deng, Deputy District Attorney
Consumer Protection Unit
MANUFACTURER OF EXERCISE, SLIMMING PRODUCTS PAYS OVER
$1 MILLION TO SETTLE CONSUMER LAWSUIT
Savvier, Inc. this week paid over $1 million to settle a consumer complaint that it sold its “Tummy Tuck Slimming System” through misleading advertisements.
The complaint alleged that the California-based manufacturer and seller of exercise and slimming products made fat reducing claims about its Tummy Tuck Belt and cream which were not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. It was further alleged that it was not complying with the automatic renewal law.
“Laws are in place to protect consumers from being misled about the products they buy and from hidden costs,” Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Deng said. “We’re here to protect those rights.”
The lawsuit, filed in the Santa Cruz County Superior Court, was brought by the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force which consists of 10 California District Attorney’s Offices, including the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
The judgment also includes provisions prohibiting Savvier from making any efficacy or effects claims regarding their products unless there is competent and reliable scientific evidence. It is also prohibited from offering for sale any misbranded medical devices. Savvier is required to comply with automatic renewal laws which require clear and conspicuous disclosures to the consumer before they enter into a subscription service.
Savvier and its counsel worked cooperatively to implement changes to its advertising and checkout process. Money from the judgment will be used to further consumer protection actions.
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