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Dynamic Health of Florida, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment

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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Proposed consent agreement.

SUMMARY:

The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before May 5, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments. Comments should refer to “Dynamic Health of Florida, Docket No. 9317,” to facilitate the organization of comments. A comment filed in paper form should include this reference both in the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following Start Printed Page 19729address: Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary, Room 135-H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. Comments containing confidential material must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled “Confidential,” and must comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c). 16 CFR 4.9(c) (2005).[1] The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because U.S. postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions. Comments that do not contain any nonpublic information may instead be filed in electronic form as part of or as an attachment to e-mail messages directed to the following e-mail box: consentagreement@ftc.gov.

The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. All timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, will be considered by the Commission, and will be available to the public on the FTC website, to the extent practicable, at http://www.ftc.gov. As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC website. More information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/​ftc/​privacy.htm.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janet Evans (202-326-2125) or Sydney Knight (202-326-2162), Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 38 Stat. 721, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and § 3.25(f) of the Commission Rules of Practice, 16 CFR 3.25(f), notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for April 6, 2006), on the World Wide Web, at http://www.ftc.gov/​os/​2006/​04/​index.htm. A paper copy can be obtained from the FTC Public Reference Room, Room 130-H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580, either in person or by calling (202) 326-2222.

Public comments are invited, and may be filed with the Commission in either paper or electronic form. All comments should be filed as prescribed in the ADDRESSES section above, and must be received on or before the date specified in the DATES section.

Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Order to Aid Public Comment

The Federal Trade Commission has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order with Dynamic Health of Florida, LLC; Chhabra Group, LLC; and Vineet Chhabra a/k/a Vincent Chhabra (“respondents”). The proposed order resolves the allegations of the complaint issued against these respondents and others on June 15, 2004. In the Matter of Dynamic Health of Florida, LLC, D. 9317 (June 15, 2004).

The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for submission of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the Commission will review the agreement in light of any comments received and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take other appropriate action or make final the agreement's proposed order.

This matter concerns the respondents' marketing of a purported children's weight loss product called “Pedia Loss” and a purported female libido enhancer called “Fabulously Feminine.” The Commission's complaint charged that advertising for Pedia Loss made unsubstantiated claims that (1) Pedia Loss causes weight loss in overweight or obese children ages 6 and over, and (2) when taken by overweight or obese children ages 6 and over, Pedia Loss causes weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing fat burning, and slowing carbohydrate absorption. The Commission's complaint also charged that advertising for Fabulously Feminine falsely represented that clinical testing proves that Fabulously Feminine enhances a woman's satisfaction with her sex life and level of sexual desire. In addition, the complaint challenged the unsubstantiated claim that Fabulously Feminine will increase a woman's libido, sexual desire, and sexual satisfaction by stimulating blood flow and increasing sensitivity.

Part I.A. of the proposed order requires that respondents possess and rely on competent and reliable scientific evidence to support representations that Pedia Loss or any other covered product causes weight loss, suppresses appetite, increases fat burning, or slows carbohydrate absorption; causes weight loss in overweight or obese children ages 6 and over; or causes weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing fat burning, or slowing carbohydrate absorption, when taken by overweight or obese children ages 6 and over. “Covered product” is defined as any dietary supplement, food, or drug. Part I.B. of the order requires that proposed respondents possess and rely on competent and reliable scientific evidence to support representations that Fabulously Feminine or any other covered product will increase a woman's libido, sexual desire, or sexual satisfaction.

Part II of the proposed order requires that respondents possess and rely on competent and reliable scientific evidence to support benefits, performance, or efficacy representations for any covered product.

Part III of the proposed order prohibits respondents from misrepresenting the existence, contents, validity, results, conclusions, or interpretations of any test or studies.

Part IV of the proposed order permits respondents to make certain claims for food or drugs that are permitted in labeling under laws and/or regulations administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The remainder of the proposed order contains requirements that respondents maintain copies of advertising making representations covered by the order and any materials relied upon in disseminating these representations (Part V); distribute copies of the order to certain company officials (Part VI); notify the Commission of changes in corporate structure (Part VII); notify the Commission of changes in the individual respondent's business or employment (Part VIII); and file one or more reports detailing their compliance with the order (Part IX). Part X of the proposed order is a provision whereby the order, absent certain circumstances, terminates twenty years from the date of issuance.

The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed order, and is not intended to Start Printed Page 19730constitute an official interpretation of the agreement and proposed order or to modify in any way their terms.

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By direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See Commission Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).

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[FR Doc. E6-5622 Filed 4-14-06; 8:45 am]

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