FTC Files Lawsuit Against Glue Company for Deceptive Made in America Claims

FTC Files Lawsuit Against Glue Company for Deceptive Made in America Claims
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February 2, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against the makers of a brand of fast-acting glues for deceptive Made in U.S. A. claims.

The FTC claims that Chemence, the maker of Kwik Frame, Kwik Fix, and Krylex, uses a significant amount of imported chemicals to manufacture its products.

According to the complaint, Chemence's unqualified "made in the USA" or "proudly made in the USA" claims tell consumers that its cyanoacrylate glue products are all, or virtually all, made in the United States. The FTC alleges, however, that a significant proportion of the costs of the chemical inputs to Chemence's glues – about 55 percent – is attributable to imported chemicals that are essential to the glues' function.

The FTC also alleges that Chemence assists others in deceiving consumers by distributing its Made in USA marketing materials to private-label sellers and other retailers who promote these glues.

The FTC is seeking a court order permanently prohibiting Chemence from making claims that would violate the FTC Act and seeking appropriate monetary relief.