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Are T.V.,Radio,Magazines,Newspapers etc. "Liable" for promoting "Fradulent" Products?
19 Feb 2008
Don't you also then,become just as culpable and liable,as the fradulent product makers,for cheating and stealing from all those audiences who watch,hear or read your ads?
This is the question: Are T.V.,Radio,Magazines,Newspapers etc. "Liable" for promoting "Fradulent" Products? In particular is the advertising media liable and culpable for continuing to broadcast and promote ads for companies who are purposely selling fradulent merchandise and/or services or who are selling treatments or health/medical products that they already know don't work?
Some of the more blatant advertising campaigns for "hokey" products that don't work are pushing,for instance,the sale of "penis pills" for "male enhancement" that have no medical basis what-so-ever on which to prove any of their claims.
In fact there was a recent court case where one of the owners of one of these companies(*the Smiling Jack adverts) testified that he and his partners knew their "male enhancement" pills were totally bogus and useless and that the only reason they started and promoted this company was to make lots of easy money off of gullible people!
So this is just one group of phony,deceptive products that crooks are "successfully" pushing on the public only because the American media,including t.v.,radio,magazines etc.are willingly taking their money to broadcast and promote these fradulent ads 24/7! Isn't it a fact though that if you aid & abet a crook or a criminal operation,that you also then become just as culpable and liable for cheating and stealing from all those audiences who watch,hear or read your ads?
* Also,though some of these fly-by-night companies may be "jugement proof" as far as suing them goes,this certainly does not apply to the media conglomerates that knowingly promote their ads!

Penis Enlargement Lawsuits
A New Jersey man has filed a false advertising lawsuit against a maker of herbal penis enlargement pills, alleging the medicine does not fulfill its promises, the plaintiff's lawyer said on Monday.

Two similar cases, filed last year in Colorado and Ohio, accuse manufacturers of herbal dietary supplements, VigRx and Enzyte, of falsely claiming to be able to add substantial length and girth to a man's penis.

All three suits seek class action status and claim to represent more than 1 million total plaintiffs.

In the latest case, filed on Jan. 21 in New Jersey state court, plaintiff Michael Coluzzi claimed he paid $59.95 for a 30-day supply of Alzare pills but "experienced no increase in penis size," and then was unable to collect a promised refund from manufacturer Alzare LLC of Boca Raton, Florida. Neither Alzare nor chief operating officer Scott Hammond, both named as defendants, could be reached for comment.

Coluzzi's attorney, Stephen DeNittis, said many men had been taken in by dubious claims that the product would add up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) to their penises by "very, very convincing" advertising, such as infomercials featuring doctors and porn stars.

"Males, for whatever reason, may be susceptible because of what they feel they lack," DeNittis said. "It was so believable I confirmed with an expert (that the claims were false) before I filed the lawsuit. They said they had done medical studies proving that it works."

The ads for Alzare tablets, comprised of ginseng, yohimbe bark, L-arginine and other ingredients, guaranteed results within a week and claimed a 95 percent success rate in the more than 100,000 men who have used it, the suit said.

But last year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission saying the maker of Enzyte had not backed up its claims with science.

Although thousands of complaints have been registered with local government agencies and the Better Business Bureau, few lawsuits have been filed because the companies appear to be "judgment proof," DeNittis said.

"They don't have enough assets for plaintiffs to recover, and some of the defendants are fly-by-night -- they close up shop after they get sued," he said.

All three lawsuits claim that plaintiffs were unable to contact the companies for guaranteed refunds after spending hundreds of dollars for the penis enhancers.

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