FTC hair removal law enforcement

FTC policies and guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has a Division of Enforcement in place to deal with unfair and deceptive practices regarding hair removal

If a hair removal manufacturer or practitioner is alleged to be guilty of violations under the FTC Act, the FTC has formidable powers to monitor, investigate, and if warranted, impose powerful remedies:

Cease and desist orders. These legally-binding orders require companies to

  1. stop the deceptive ad or practice
  2. have substantiation for claims in future ads
  3. pay a fine of $11,000 per day per ad if the company violates the law in the future.

Civil penalties, consumer refunds, etc.

Corrective advertising, disclosures, and other informational remedies.

Bans and bonds

Once a guilty business is subject to FTC cease and desist orders and federal court injunctive orders, FTC enforces the orders by:

Investigating compliance of parties subject to agency and federal court orders.

Initiating federal court actions for substantial civil penalties for violation of agency orders.

Enforcing federal court injunctive orders through civil and criminal contempt actions ("Project Scofflaw").

Investigations of violations of consumer protection laws and litigation before the Commission’s administrative law judges or the U.S. District Courts have involved:

E-Commerce and the Internet, including online shopping.

Advertising for Health Care Products, with questionable claims about the safety and effectiveness of alternative treatments and other products.

See also Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule

Source: FTC website

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