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Posted February 07, 2011

Maker of Hoodia and Green Tea Products to Pay $2.65 Million Settlement for Unfair Business Practices

On February 1, 2011, supplement maker Irwin Naturals agreed to pay civil penalties, consumer restitution, and and investigative costs to settle a suit in California alleging that Irwin Naturals marketed Hoodia products that did not contain the hoodia gordonii herb despite the product labeling. Additionally, the suit alleged that the Los Angeles-based company sold green tea products that contained more than the legal limit of lead without the proper warning labels, didn’t reimburse customers in a timely fashion for returned products, and that it billed some direct-sales customers for products that weren’t ordered.

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