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FTC Sees Red Over Green Coffee TV Pitches

Companies controlled by Lindsey Duncan that marketed green coffee bean supplements as weight loss products on The Dr. Oz Show, The View and other TV programs has agreed to pay $9 million in consumer redress and stop making deceptive health claims about the products.

That is according to the Federal Trade Commission, which announced the settlement Monday.

“Lindsey Duncan and his companies made millions by falsely claiming that green coffee bean supplements cause significant and rapid weight loss,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. “This case shows that the Federal Trade Commission will continue to fight deceptive marketers’ attempts to prey on consumers trying to improve their health.”

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.