Cookware Manufacturer Settles Complaint Alleging Fraudulent Health-Related Advertising
According to a news source, a company that makes high-priced cookware and targets its sales to Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Los Angeles area has agreed to settle litigation accusing it of fraudulently claiming that its products could cure diseases ranging from cancer and Alzheimer’s to diabetes and heart disease. California v. Rena Ware Int’l, Inc., No. BC437981 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty., settlement reached July 1, 2010). California Attorney General Jerry Brown brought the lawsuit, alleging unfair competition and false advertising. Sales representatives reportedly told consumers that the cookware reduced high blood pressure by removing hormones from meat while it cooked. Under the agreement, the manufacturer will pay a total of $625,000 to resolve the dispute and must ensure, by means of an independent monitor, that it will refrain from using either false information or high-pressure sales tactics. See Mealey’s Personal Injury Report, July 12, 2010.