The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun sending refund checks totaling more than $426,000 to consumers who lost money buying “Body Slimming” creams that were deceptively marketed by L’Occitane, Inc. The refunds come from money collected in a January 2014 settlement order with the company, and the amount of each consumer’s refund varies based on the amount of product purchased. L’Occitane has also agreed to stop making deceptive claims that Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight skin creams have body-slimming capabilities and are clinically proven.
FTC is also mailing refund checks totaling about $955,000 to consumers who purchased AdvaCAL® calcium products. Lane Labs advertised AdvaCAL® as a “superior” calcium supplement, claiming that it was the only calcium supplement that could increase bone density and was on par or superior to prescription drugs for treating osteoporosis. The refunds come from funds collected after two federal court rulings finding the company’s claims to be unsubstantiated and false.