FTC Amends Complaint Against Marketers of Transdermal Weight-Loss Patches

October 10, 2005

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Commission approval of amended complaint

FTC News Release
March 26, 2004

The Commission has approved an amended complaint in the matter currently pending against No. 1025798 Ontario, Inc. d/b/a The Fulfillment Solutions Advantage, Inc., The FSA Group, International Access, Beauty Visions Worldwide, Slimshop, Hydro-Gel Slim Patch, and Slenderstrip, and its principals Robert Van Velzen and Nancy Sprague. The FTC’s original complaint, which was announced in December 2003, charged these defendants with making several false and unsubstantiated weight-loss advertising claims for two seaweed-based transdermal patches called “Hydro-Gel Slim Patch” and “Slenderstrip.” On December 3, 2003, the Commission obtained an ex-parte temporary restraining order from the US District Court in the Western District of New York.

Pending court approval, through the amended complaint the Commission is dismissing Nancy Sprague as a defendant and adding five new defendants: Kingstown Associates Ltd. and BVW Associates, Inc., d/b/a Beauty Visions Worldwide and Slimshop, and their principals Gary Richard Bush, David James Varley, and Laurence Anthony White. The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the amended complaint was 5-0.

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