GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The house owners of two firms that allegedly tried to revenue from coronavirus fears have been accused of misleading practices before.
In April 2012, shopper advocates known as out a Rockford firm for claiming
the expertise behind its “Ionic Foot Bath” may “remove parasites and
The foot bathtub peddler was additionally selling HCG weight-loss tablets, a
homeopathic product towards which the FDA has issued stern warnings.
At the time, the Better Business Bureau Serving West Michigan confronted the
firm, requesting that it present substantiation for its medical claims and
take away any statements suggesting HCG results in weight reduction.
“This firm has a historical past of making medical claims concerning the merchandise they
promote that aren’t substantiated or backed up by medical proof,” mentioned Troy
Baker, director of the BBB Educational Foundation, in an interview Wednesday.
Baker mentioned in May 2012, the enterprise refused to supply any proof
supporting its medical statements or take away them from its web site.
Because of that, the non-profit shopper watchdog posted its issues on the corporate’s web page inside the BBB database.
eight years later, firm promotes “Coronavirus Defender Patch”
Fast ahead nearly eight years and Michigan’s legal professional normal acquired a
criticism about two Rockford companies making an attempt to promote a “Coronavirus Defender
The companies, Frequency Apps, Corps and Biores Technologies, Inc., are
owned by Adam Todd Petty and his spouse, Sally Petty, the identical couple that in
2012 was making an attempt to promote foot baths and weight-loss tablets.
“I really feel it’s my responsibility to ahead this e-mail to your workplace, particularly given
the issues relating to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus,” wrote the individual
who reported the businesses to the legal professional normal’s workplace.
The complainant, whose identify the state didn’t launch, offered the AG with
an e-mail during which the enterprise promoted the alleged advantages of the
“Coronavirus Defender Patch.”
“This company is providing misleading, unproven and likely illegal information regarding the effectiveness of their product on the virus. I am concerned this could lead purchasers to have a false sense of security and to ignore proper safety methods to prevent the spread of the virus. I hope you will be able to instruct this company to cease advertising or face penalties,” wrote the complainant to Michigan’s legal professional normal.
AG to enterprise: You’re making an attempt to revenue from concern
On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a cease-and-desist order towards the businesses, alleging they made deceptive and deceitful claims.
“We have discovered that you’re advertising to shoppers on the market the
“Coronavirus Defender patch,” which you declare will “assist assist the immune system
to defend itself towards publicity to the virus,” and “can assist reduce the
impact of the virus if you have already got the COVID-19 virus,” wrote the legal professional
normal within the order.
“You have priced the patch at $49.99 however state that you could be obtain a 30-day
provide of the patch without spending a dime whenever you purchase a 45-day provide of any patches your
firms promote. It seems you are trying to revenue from the general public’s concern
surrounding the coronavirus, in any other case referred to as COVID-19. We have acquired a
criticism from a shopper…. the patron’s issues are nicely based.
Currently, there aren’t any vaccines, medicine, or different therapies authorised to
stop or deal with the virus.”
In the net advert for the patch, the corporate claimed it may stop coronavirus
or, if it’s already been contracted, deal with its signs.
“Are you looking to prevent the coronavirus?” learn the promotion on the businesses’ web site.
Ad: Already have signs? Wear two patches
“The COVID-19 defender is designed for use as a preventative measure
towards the coronavirus illness 2019. The patch is positioned on the higher left
aspect of the physique (shoulder, higher left arm, left chest), and exchanged each
three days. For the perfect outcomes, proceed to make use of the Defender till the
chance of contracting the COVID-19 virus is gone. If you might have already
contracted the virus, the COVID-19 Defender Patch might be worn on the first signal
of signs, put on at (sic) two patches (one on the left and one on the appropriate)
altering them each three days, proceed with two patches till signs aren’t any
Target eight tried to contact Adam and Sally Petty on the Cedar Springs handle
they listing as house.
A person answered the door, presumably a relative, however instantly mentioned, “I’m
sorry,” and shut the door.
We additionally tried to succeed in the Pettys by cellphone and Facebook. They haven’t
The legal professional normal’s workplace, in its letter to Adam Petty, mentioned it’s taking
steps to file a civil lawsuit towards the corporate or start an investigation.
“Your inappropriate gross sales techniques are particularly regarding in gentle of the
public well being emergency Michiganders face, which sadly can’t be merely
patched up as you recommend,” wrote an assistant legal professional normal within the cease-and-desist
The AG gave Adam Petty ten days to supply the state with “assurance of
voluntary compliance beneath the (Consumer Protection) Act.
“To be acceptable to this Office, such assurances should embrace an settlement
that you’ll not market or promote your “Coronavirus Defender patches” to
Michigan shoppers. Additionally, we’re requesting that you just present our
workplace, inside ten days, contact data for all shoppers which have bought
these patches out of your firm,” wrote the legal professional normal.
Frequency Apps, Inc, has apparently eliminated its internet content material.
A seek for its web site now brings up a web page that claims “Maintenance mode is on. Site will be available soon. Thank you for your patience.”