Checks in the mail
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a company called Lane Labs marketed products made out of shark cartilage, claiming they could treat and cure cancer. Only, not so much. The FTC sued the company in 2000, they settled, and paid a hefty sum. The court also barred them from making claims about the health benefits of a product unless they had scientific evidence to support those claims.
Not long after, that same company started marketing a calcium supplement called AdvaCAL. They said it was better than prescription drugs, the only calcium that could help you build bone, and was “clinically” shown to be three times more absorbable than other calciums. Well, it turned out the company didn’t have the scientific evidence to support those claims. They were misrepresenting tests and studies on calcium to tout AdvaCAL’s supposed benefits.
So the FTC went back to court, saying that Lane Labs was still making unsupported-by-science marketing claims – in violation of the earlier order. There were several years of back-and-forth, but eventually, the court agreed that the company had, indeed, violated the order. It had to refund money to the people who had bought AdvaCAL.
At last, today the FTC announced that those refund checks – more than 17,000 of them – are in the mail. As you can probably tell, the FTC has a long memory and persistent attorneys. The total amount going back to customers is more than $954,000, but each person’s check will depend on how much they lost.
If you get a check, you have until May 18, 2015 to cash it. If you bought this product lo, those many years ago, you don't have to do anything else. But if you have moved, changed your name, or you have questions, you can call the hotline at 1-888-287-4138.