Fraud and Unlawful Trade Practices

The Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) is a powerful tool for consumers. The law applies when a consumer purchases real estate, goods, or services including healthcare from someone in that business. Some common examples are used cars, loans, and extensions of credit.

Violations of the act generally involve misrepresentation or deception. Some common violations include:

  • misrepresenting the characteristics, benefits and qualities of the product or services offered;

  • making false or misleading statements about prices, including price reductions;

  • causing confusion about important aspects of a transaction, such as the approval, sponsorship or certification of the product by others;

  • representing that used or altered goods are new;

  • discrediting another’s products or services by false or misleading representations about them;

  • false advertising;

  • false representations about the availability of credit;

  • false representations that goods are available for sale when in fact the goods are not available, or available in only a very limited quantity;

  • false or misleading representations about prizes, contests or promotions used to publicize a product, business or service;

  • promises to deliver by a certain time with intent not to deliver as promised;

  • unauthorized service or dismantling of goods or real estate; and

  • telephone or door-to-door solicitation without proper identification.

The UTPA is a powerful remedial statute for consumers. But it also imposes strict requirements, and the statute of limitations in Oregon requires that you file cases soon after you discover (?) the fraud.

Please contact us if you feel you have been been taken advantage of so that we can protect your rights.


Dietary Supplements

Forum Law Group has teamed with a nationally-recognized class action firm to investigate and pursue claims against manufacturers and distributors of dietary and nutritional supplements for false advertising and fraud.

In many cases, claims made by manufacturers and distributors are not supported by evidence, and mislead consumers into purchasing products that are not effective and may cause harm.

Consumers may rely on false product advertising and not seek other needed medical treatment. Sometimes consumers are misled into taking unproven pills for serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

Other common supplements include pills for weight loss, sexual performance, brain health, athletic performance and many other medical problems.

If you have purchased a product that was sold based on false advertising or fraud you may be able to recover your loss and help other people in an individual or class action. Please contact us at the number or email below so that we can evaluate your claim.

PRODUCTS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR FALSE ADVERTISEMENT

We are currently investigating the following supplements, but we are also happy to provide a free consultation regarding any ineffective drug or dietary supplement.

  • Iovate Products
  • Hydroxycut
  • Xenadrine
  • Bob Harper's Smart Weight Loss

Most of Iovate’s weight loss products contain a cocktail of Frauenmantle leaf extract, Wild olive leaf extract, Cormino seed extract and Horsemint leaf extract. Iovate claims that taking a supplement containing these ingredients results in “7 times more weight loss than dieting alone.” 

Iovate’s products are sold at many retail locations, including GNC, Walgreens, Walmart and Amazon.

Iovate dietary supplements have been the subject of several false advertising class actions. Some of the cases that have resulted in settlement are:

Daniel Garcia v. Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A., Inc.
In re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation
Hesano v. Iovate Health Sciences, Inc. et al.


Other Weight Loss Products

In a June 18, 2014, senate panel hearing, Senator Claire McCaskill and others questioned Dr. Mehmet Oz over his claims that certain supplements are “miracle cures,” despite lacking scientific support. Dr. Oz and others have popularized various supplements, and have, along with the manufacturers, misled consumers into believing that the products work. 

Weight loss supplements we are investigating include:

  • Green Coffee Extract
  • Raspberry Ketones
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • CLA (Conjugated Lineloic Acid)

Sometimes, supplement manufacturers combine various questionable ingredients into fancy-sounding concoctions. Companies that have marketed pseudo-scientific cocktails include:

  • Labrada Nutrition
  • MusclePharm
  • Bodybuilding.com
  • Top Secret Nutrition
  • Complete Nutrition

NBTY Products

Forum Law Group is also investigating certain products manufactured by Physiologics, a subsidiary of NBTY, formerly known as Nature’s Bounty, Inc. These products include:
 

  • Neuro PS Phosphatidylserine
  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract
  • DMAE
  • Vinpocetine
  • GABA
  • Phosphatidyl Choline

In particular, we are investigating products that claim to improve brain and/or joint health.

San Medica SeroVital-hgh

Forum Law Group is also investigating SeroVital-hgh. San Medica claims that this supplement is an “’Anti-Aging’ Breakthrough.” Ingredients include L-Lysine HCI, L-Arginine HCI, Oxo-Proline, N-Acetyl L-Systeine, L-Glutamine and Schizonepeta powder.

San Medica’s SeroVital-hgh false advertisement claims are currently being litigated in Kwan v. SanMedica International, LLC et al.

Please also see our page containing information about injuries caused by Dietary Supplements.