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Attorney General Sues Online Health Product Distributer

Attorney General Bill McCollum announced his  office has filed a law suit against a Miami company, a related company and  company principals over allegations the companies engaged in deceptive  marketing practices. Advanced Wellness Research, Inc. allegedly offered  free trials for its products, including Acai berry supplements and  whitening toothpaste, but failed to provide reasonable notice that  customers would be charged approximately $80 on a monthly basis for  products they did not intend to purchase.

The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division began investigating the  companies after receiving over 700 complaints about the companies.

According to the complaints, consumers who tried to cancel the  continuation program were unable to contact the company from which the  products were purchased.

Investigators also believe that Advanced Wellness company president  Nicolas Molina and vice president Michael Trimarco became aware of the  investigation and sold their business to Kelly O’Shea, a former Advanced  Wellness employee. O’Shea created a new entity, Netalab Corp., and  allegedly continued the same unfair and deceptive trade practices  initially begun by Advanced Wellness.

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief against the defendants, prohibiting  further business activities which violate Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair  Trade Practices Act, as well as restitution on behalf of all victimized  consumers, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation, and  reimbursement for fees and costs related to the investigation.

Consumers affected by these or other practices may file a complaint  affidavit by visiting the Attorney General’s website at or calling 1-866-966-7226.

A copy of the lawsuit is available at:$file/AdvancedWellnessComplaint.pdf

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Sep 24 2009. Filed under Crime, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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