$2.59 million in refunds for Mercola tanning beds
Today, checks went out to 1,367 people who bought a Mercola tanning system after January 1, 2012. Why’s that? Well, in April 2016, the FTC announced a settlement with Joseph Mercola and his companies because, according to the FTC, the ads for Mercola’s products had claims that were false or not backed by science. Things like promises that his products were “safe,” would “slash your risk of cancer,” could reverse the signs of aging, and were FDA-endorsed as safe. How many of those things were true and backed by science? None.
Under the settlement, Mercola and his companies were – among other things – banned from the indoor tanning business, and have to refund money to the people who bought his products. The FTC sent out claim forms to everyone who bought a tanning system after Jan 1, 2012, and processed all the claims received by the October 31, 2016 deadline. Which is how 1,367 people are getting between $1,200 and $4,000 back today, or 100% of what they spent on a Mercola tanning device.
Once in a while – like in this case – the FTC gets a settlement or judgement that lets us return to people the full amount they lost. In some cases, we’re able to give back part of what people lost. But rest assured that the FTC always tries to get money back for people who lost it.