FTC Providing Full Refunds to Mercola Brand Tanning System Purchasers

The defendants made claims about their tanning products that the FTC says are false and not supported by science

FTC Providing Full Refunds to Mercola Brand Tanning System Purchasers
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February 7, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing refunds that total $2.59 million to more than 1,300 people who bought Mercola indoor tanning systems. These refunds are the result of a 2016 settlement between the FTC and Dr. Joseph Mercola and his companies.

According to the FTC's complaint, the defendants claimed that their Mercola brand D-Lite, SunSplash, and Vitality indoor tanning systems are safe, that research proves indoor tanning does not increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer, and that its systems can reverse the appearance of aging. The FTC's complaint alleged that these claims are false and not supported by science.

As part of the settlement, the defendants are banned from selling indoor tanning systems and agreed to provide refunds to people who bought tanning systems after January 1, 2012, and submitted a completed a claim form by October 31, 2016. Customers will receive an average refund of $1,897.

Those receiving refund checks should deposit them within 60 days.

The FTC reminds consumers that it NEVER requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash refund checks. If you have questions about the case, contact the FTC's refund administrator, Rust Consulting, Inc., at (877) 418-8082.

For more information about the FTC's refund program, visit ftc.gov/refunds.