Thursday, November 20, 2008

Federal Smackdowns “They” Don’t Want You to Know About

Professional douchebag Kevin Trudeau has once again been slapped by the FTC for violating the terms of a previous conviction, which barred him from making any false claims in the selling of his books. Trudeau has made a living selling useless garbage for many years now. In 1998, he was charged with making false claims in infomercials for products that promised to help people lose weight, cure their addictions, and develop a photographic memory. In 2003, he violated the terms of his previous conviction by selling a nonsense product he claimed could cure cancer. Although the FTC had banned him from selling pseudo-medicinal products and fined him millions of dollars, they couldn’t stop him from selling books under the First Amendment. Which is why for the past few years, he’s been making his living publishing useless tomes like Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About and The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About and Kevin Trudeau’s Convictions He Doesn’t Want You to Know About. Okay, maybe not that last one. The first book simply directed readers to a subscription-based website that allowed them to buy “natural” supplements from outside sources. But it’s the weight loss book that’s landed Trudeau in trouble again. The court found that the claims made in Trudeau’s latest infomercials simply aren’t supported in his book. So, he’s banned from producing any more infomercials for three years, and he’s been fined another $5 million. The only problem is that he’s made much more than that in profit, so this is really just a slap on the wrist. The man should be in jail, but he’s likely to pop back up again in another three years. In the meantime, you might want to print out the FTC’s press release on the new conviction and slip them into any copies of Trudeau’s books you find cluttering up your local health food store. It’s available here.

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