STOPPING DECEPTIVE HEALTH CLAIMS: THE NEED FOR A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION UNDER FEDERAL LAW

Am J Law Med. 2016;42(1):53-84. doi: 10.1177/0098858816644715.

Abstract

This Article offers a thorough analysis of an important public health issue, namely how to confront the growing problem of deceptive claims regarding foods and dietary supplements, including increasingly prevalent but unverifiable claims. The authors call for the creation of a limited private right of action under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act for deceptive health-related claims for these products. The proposal responds to the growing market for these products and the inadequacy of current laws and enforcement actions to prevent such claims. In crafting the limited private right of action, the authors attempt to enhance consumer protection without undermining federal agency primacy in enforcement. The Article ends with an appendix setting forth proposed language for a statutory amendment to the FTC Act incorporating the authors' proposal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Advertising / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Consumer Product Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Food*
  • Liability, Legal
  • Product Labeling / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States
  • United States Federal Trade Commission