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FTC Case List

Extensive Experience of Michael Dershowitz at FTC 

Significant cases of Attorney Michael Dershowitz during his 30 years at the Federal Trade Commission:

































































































































































































































































  • Office Depot (alleged failure to disclose in advertising, or only in “fine print, “ that its “free” and “low cost” computer systems included rebates conditioned on the purchase of 3 years of Internet service; other significant added costs and contingencies not disclosed; and depicted monitor was not included in advertised price) 2000

  • Shell Chemical Co. and Castrol North America (claims that Castrol’s “Syntec” gas additive significantly improved engine power and acceleration; was superior to other gas additives; and tests proved these claims.  Shell also liable for providing Castrol with such advertising and test materials) 1999

  • Exxon Corp. (claims that switching to Exxon 93 Supreme gasoline kept your engine cleaner and reduced automobile maintenance costs; order prohibits such claims and required Exxon to educate consumers through brochures and advertising on television, nationwide, that regular gasoline is the right fuel for most cars; that most cars do not benefit from more expensive high octane gas) 1997

  • Safe Brands Corp. and ARCO Chemical Co. (claims for “Sierra” car antifreeze containing propylene glycol that it was “safe” if accidentally ingested by people or pets; was “safer” for the environment than conventional antifreeze containing ethylene glycol; was “recyclable”; provided superior engine protection; and its high density polyethylene plastic container was “recyclable”) 1996

  • Amoco Oil Co. (claims that “Crystal Clear Amoco Ultimate” was superior to all other brands of premium gasoline in providing engine performance and environmental benefits; and that its clear color demonstrated such benefits in comparison to other non-clear, premium gasolines) 1996

  • Mr. Coffee (“chlorine-free process,” no harmful environmental byproduct claims for paper coffee filters; “recycled” claims for filters; “recyclable” claims for paperboard packaging) 1994

  • Archer Daniels Midland (“biodegradable,” “environmentally friendly,” and landfill benefit claims made in television ads nationwide for plastic products containing its cornstarch additive) 1994

  • Keyes Fibre Co. (“biodegradable” and “compostable” claims for “Chinet” paper plates disposed in municipal solid waste composting facilities; “recyclable” claims for food-contaminated paper plates) 1994

  • Mobil Oil Corp. (“degradable” and landfill benefit claims for “Hefty” plastic trash bags) 1993

  • California Pacific Research (Dist. Ct. litigated case against “New Generation” hair loss product, misrepresentations prohibited and $1.875 million in consumer redress paid) 1992

  • North American Philips Corp. [Norelco] (failure to disclose that while its water filter removed pollutants, it also added methylene chloride, a potentially hazardous chemical used in the machine’s glue, to tap water) 1989

  • Dr. Barry Bricklin (expert endorser held liable for his weight loss claims for “Rotation Diet”) 1985

  • Champion Home Builders Co. (allegedly defective home solar furnaces; $1,500 cash refunds to consumers) 1983

  • Sears, Roebuck and Co. (alleged anticompetitive shopping center major tenant practices) 1976

  • Hertz Corp. (superiority claims made in the sale of damaged rental cars to consumers) 1976

More cases of Attorney Michael Dershowitz which resulted in FTC or Dist. Ct. orders:

  • Tim Cho Investment Corp. (Dist. Ct. case involving substantial earnings claims for company’s day trading system of purchasing stocks, currencies, and futures contracts taught at two day seminars for $6,000; one of seven cases brought against day trading companies) 2002

  • BUY.COM (lnternet superstore allegedly failed to disclose in ads for “free” and “low cost” computer systems included rebates conditioned on the purchase of 3 years of Internet service, other significant added costs and contingencies not disclosed) 2000

  • Value America (electronics Internet retailer allegedly failed to disclose in ads for “free” and “low cost” computer systems that price included rebates conditioned on the purchase of 3 years of Internet service, and other significant added costs and contingencies. Depicted monitor not included in price, and Mail Order Rule violations alleged—failing to ship purchases within promised delivery times, failing to send late delivery notices and giving consumers the option of canceling their orders and getting a full refund) 2000

  • Memtek Products (claims that consumers who purchased “Memorex” brand products would receive cash rebates and gift checks within 2-3 months; substantial delays ensued) 2000

  • UMAX Technologies (claims that consumers who purchased computer scanners would receive cash rebates within 3 months; substantial delays ensued) 2000

  • Benckiser Consumer Products (claims that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of EarthRite brand household cleaning products would be donated to non-profit environmental groups) 1996

  • RBR Productions (claims that beauty salon disinfectant was “non-toxic,” “non-corrosive,” “biodegradable,” and “environmentally safe;” “environmental formula” claims for aerosol fingernail-glue drying product containing VOCs; “recyclable” claims for product’s aluminum aerosol can) 1996

  • Creative Aerosol Corp. (“environmentally safe,” no CFC claims for aerosol foam soap containing VOCs; “recyclable” claims for product’s aluminum aerosol can and plastic cap) 1995

  • Mattel, Inc. (no CFC claims for “Barbie” aerosol foam soap containing ozone depleting HCFCs) 1995

  • White Castle (recyclable claims for restaurant’s food-contaminated fast food paper packaging) 1994

  • Redmond Products (“environmental formula,” natural propellant claims for hairspray containing VOCs) 1994

  • Orkin Exterminating Co. (“practically non-toxic” claims and claims of no significant risk to health or environment for lawn pesticides) 1994

  • America’s Favorite Chicken Co. (“recyclable” claims for restaurant’s food- contaminated fast food paper packaging) 1994

  • Oak Hill Industries (“recyclable” claims for plastic tableware and plastic film packaging) 1994

  • LePage’s (“biodegradable” claims for cellulose adhesive tape and “recyclable” claims for plastic tape dispenser and paperboard packaging) 1994

  • AJM Packaging (“biodegradable” and “recyclable” claims for food-contaminated paper plates) 1994


  • Amoco Foam Products (“recyclable” claims for polystyrene foam plates and cups) 1994

  • North American Plastics (“biodegradable” and landfill benefit claims for plastic trash bags) 1994

  • BPI Environmental (“biodegradable” and landfill benefit claims for plastic grocery store bags) 1994

  • Chemopharm Labs (CP Industries) (environmentally safe claims for windshield de-icer product) 1994

  • Perfect Data Corp. (“ozone friendly,” no CFC claims for aerosol cleaning product) 1993

  • DeMert & Dougherty (“environmentally safe” claims for “All Set” hairspray containing VOCs) 1993

  • Nationwide Industries (“no CFCs, environmentally friendly” claims for aerosol tire inflator) 1993

  • Texwipe Co. (“ozone safe” and “environmentally safe” claims for aerosol cleaning products) 1993

  • G.C. Thorsen (“ozone friendly,” no CFC ozone depleting claims for aerosol cleaners) 1993

  • First Brands (“degradable,” “safe for the environment,” “environmentally friendly,” compostable claims for “Glad” plastic trash bags) 1992

  • American Enviro Products (“biodegradable” and landfill benefit claims for disposable diapers) 1992

  • Tech Spray (“CFC free” and ”ozone friendly” claims for aerosol cleaning products) 1992

  • RMED International (“biodegradable” and landfill benefit claims for disposable diapers) 1992

  • Zipatone  (“ecologically safe” claims for aerosol spray cement products) 1991

  • Jerome Russell Cosmetics (“ozone safe/friendly” and no fluorocarbon claims for aerosol hair sprays) 1991

  • Vons Companies (claims for “pesticide free” produce sold in groceries) 1990

  • Solar Age Industries (energy savings claims for rooftop solar heaters) 1986

  • National Energy Associates (energy saving claims for home heating/cooling device) 1985

  • Electro Tech Mfg. (energy saving claims for home heating/cooling device) 1985

  • Electronic Systems International (energy saving claims for home heating/cooling device) 1985

  • Buckingham Productions  (weight loss claims for “Rotation Diet”) 1985

  • Vinyl Improvement Products Co. (energy savings claims for vinyl siding) 1982

  • Mastic Corp. (energy savings claims for vinyl siding) 1982

  • Hallcraft Jewelers  ( jewelry and watches sold near military bases; alleged high-pressure sales tactics, unfair debt collection practices, and Truth in Lending Act violations) 1977

  • The Ryland Group  (Truth in Lending Act violations; penalties obtained in Dist. Ct.) 1977

  • Ryan Homes  (Truth in Lending Act violations; penalties obtained in Dist. Ct.) 1977

  • Hong Kong Custom Tailors  (alleged Wool and Textile Act violations) 1976

  • Theodore Stephen Co. (alleged bait & switch carpet sale claims) 1975

  • Rosenthal Chevrolet (claimed current model used cars were new) 1975

  • Peacock Buick  (claimed current model used cars were new) 1975

  • Lustine Chevrolet (claimed current model used cars were new) 1975

  • Ted Britt Ford (claimed current model used cars were new) 1974

  • Logan Ford (claimed current model used cars were new) 1974

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