The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari in a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit against POM Wonderful LLC and Roll Global LLC alleging the companies made false or misleading health claims about their pomegranate-derived products. POM Wonderful LLC v. FTC, No. 15-525 (U.S., certiorari denied May 2, 2016). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia previously upheld a Commission decision finding POM misled consumers by claiming its products treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer, with some claims purported to be supported by clinical studies.
“I am pleased that the POM Wonderful case has been brought to a successful conclusion,” FTC Chair Edith Ramirez said in a May 2, 2016, press release. “The outcome of this case makes clear that companies like POM making serious health claims about food and nutritional supplement products must have rigorous scientific evidence to back them up. Consumers deserve no less.”