TINA.org investigated Target’s website – www.target.com – and found that false and deceptive Made in the USA labeling issues were widespread on its site, including product specifications that falsely stated “Made in the USA” for products made wholly or partially in more than a dozen countries, including China, Malaysia, Korea, Mexico, Germany, India, Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ghana, Turkey, Spain, Peru, Chile, Ireland, and Canada.
- Filed complaint with FTC
- Target addressed all deceptive origin claims identified by TINA.org
TINA.org performs an audit of the 100 examples of deceptive origin claims made on Target.com and finds that Target has addressed all 100, either by correcting or removing the origin information.
Nearly three quarters of the examples of inaccurate U.S.-origin claims on Target.com identified by TINA.org are disabled (i.e., the webpages at issue no longer show products images or any information about the products and instead state “product not available”).
TINA.org sends a complaint letter to the FTC requesting that it re-open its investigation into Target’s Made in the USA representations and take appropriate enforcement action.
TINA.org catalogues a sampling of 100 examples in which the Target website displays product specifications that falsely state “Made in the USA” for products made wholly or partially in other countries.
The FTC sends Target a closing letter after the company, which the FTC investigated for making false and deceptive Made in USA product claims, assured the agency that it had implemented a system for identifying, correcting, and prohibiting false U.S.-origin claims.
Target Misses the Mark with Made in USA Claims
TINA.org probe finds widespread examples of false and deceptive “Made in the USA” product representations.
CATrends: False Shelf Pricing
Consumers complain about higher prices at checkout.
CATrends: Lidocaine Pain Relief Patches
Plaintiffs allege packaging misrepresents lidocaine dosages as ‘maximum strength,’ among other things.
FTC Finalizes Made in USA Rule Following TINA.org Petition
Commission’s first open meeting with new chair brings action.
CATrends: Toddler Formula
It’s the perfect formula for a class-action lawsuit trend.
CATrends: Acetaminophen Medications for Infants
Lawsuits claim infant-specific products aren’t any different than acetaminophen medications for older children.
TINA’s Take: FTC Takes Crucial Step Forward in Holding Deceptive Made in USA Marketers Accountable
FTC finalizes its Made in USA Labeling Rule.
CATrends: Hand Sanitizers Marketed to Prevent Disease
The bottom line: Only FDA-approved drugs can be marketed to prevent disease.
Williams-Sonoma to Pay $1 Million to Settle Deceptive Ad Lawsuit Sparked by TINA.org
FTC takes action against home goods and kitchenware company for misleading made in the USA claims.
1. New Balance In 1996, the FTC brought an administrative action against New Balance for making deceptive U.S.-origin claims about its sneakers. Since at least 2009, the company has marketed…
Decoding Cosmetics Claims: ‘Clean’ Beauty and Personal Care Products
The dirt on beauty and personal care products marketed as ‘clean.’
Up & Up “Reef-Conscious Formula” Sunscreens
Allegations: Falsely marketing sunscreens as having a “reef-conscious formula” when they contain ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs and marine life
Market Pantry Fruit Punch Liquid Water Enhancer
Allegations: False natural claims
Ovulation Test Kits
Allegations: Falsely advertising the accuracy of ovulation test kits
Up & Up Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Allegations: False “oil-free” claims
Oatly, Glucerna and Others
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing products as healthy, safe, and high quality without disclosing that they may contain harmful bacteria
Several Brands of Baby and Infant Formula Powders
Allegations: Products make fewer bottles of formula than advertised
Several Store Brand Acetaminophen Products
Allegations: Marketing products as safe pain relievers for pregnant women without warning consumers that scientific evidence shows prenatal exposure to APAP can cause neurodevelopmental disorders in children
Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide
Allegations: Falsely marketing products as treatments for minor cuts and abrasions
Up & Up Acetaminophen
Allegations: Marketing the product as a safe pain reliever for pregnant women without warning consumers that scientific evidence shows prenatal exposure to it increases the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in…
Up & Up Cough, Cold, and Flu Medicines
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing medicines as “non-drowsy” when an ingredient in them causes drowsiness
Target’s Shelf Prices
Allegations: Charging consumers more than the price advertised on store shelves
Matter Plates, Bowls, and Bags
Allegations: Falsely marketing products as compostable when they’re not
Up & Up Pain Relief Patches
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing the dosage of lidocaine and number of hours of pain relief provided by the patches
Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Allegations: Falsely marketing products as “[s]afe & effective” without disclosing they contain the carcinogen benzene
Up & Up Prenatal Vitamins
Allegations: Failing to disclose prenatal vitamins contain heavy metals
“Free” Gift Cards at Target
Allegations: Falsely marketing that consumers who spend $40 or more on toys and kids’ books could get a free $10 gift card when they’re actually charged $10 for the gift…
Allegations: Misleadingly represents that the chargers have “high charging speed” when the chargers break and stop working due to a defect
Up & Up Hand Sanitizer
Allegations: Falsely claiming products “kill 99.99% of germs” when there is no scientific evidence to support such claims
Store-Brand Hand Sanitizers
A class-action lawsuit was filed against Vi-Jon for allegedly falsely marketing that store-brand hand sanitizers – including Equate, Up & Up, Walgreens, and Germ-X – “Kill 99.99% of germs” when,…
Up & Up Toddler Next Stage Milk Drink Powders
In November 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for, among other things, allegedly falsely marketing Up & Up Brand Toddler Next Stage milk drink powder as “nutritionally appropriate”…
100% Grated Parmesan Cheese Claims
December 2020: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal finding that average consumers are not likely to understand that the phrase 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese means that the…
Up & Up Infants’ Acetaminophen Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever
In September 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly misleadingly marketing Up & Up™ Infants’ Acetaminophen Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever and Children’s Acetaminophen Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever as different…
Up & Up Hand Sanitizers
In March 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly misleadingly marketing that up & up hand sanitizer “kills 99.99% of germs” and comparing it to Purell products…
Target Debit RedCard
June 2019: Plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would resolve this case, as well as a related case filed in Minnesota against Target (Dixon v.…
Up & Up Biotin Supplements
August 2019: A federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of Target concluding that the plaintiffs’ claims are preempted by federal law. Later in August, the named plaintiff filed a…
Up & Up Flushable Wipes
March 2019: The Neumann appeal was voluntarily dismissed after the court ordered the objector to post an appeal bond (money held while an appeal is being decided to ensure that…
Roundup at Target
September 2019: This case was transferred from state court to federal court. (Case No. 19-cv-81231, S. D. FL.) August 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly failing…
Market Pantry Graham Crackers
In February 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly misleadingly representing that the main ingredient in Market Pantry Graham Crackers is graham flour (a coarse, whole grain…
Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
February 2018: The named plaintiff filed a class-action lawsuit in a Minnesota court making similar allegations (i.e., that Target misleadingly claims that the towelettes will “gently” remove makeup when they…
Several Brands of Flushable Wipes
In December 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against several manufacturers of flushable wipes – specifically, Costco, CVS, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart – for allegedly falsely…
Various Parmesan Cheese Products
June 2016: This case was transferred to a multidistrict litigation (MDL) to be heard with similar lawsuits. To learn more about the MDL, click here. March 2016: A class-action lawsuit was…
Market Pantry Parmesan 100% Grated Cheese
June 2016: Both of these cases were transferred to multidistrict litigation (MDL) to be heard with similar cases. For more information about the MDL, click here. March 2016: Two class-action lawsuits…
Various Parmesan and Romano Cheese Products
July 2016: This case was transferred to multidistrict litigation (MDL) to be heard with similar lawsuits. To learn more about the MDL, click here. June 2016: Multiple class-action lawsuits regarding various…
Furniture at Target Stores
In October 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly falsely advertising that furniture – such as the “leather” ottoman in the “Global Bazaar” collection – is made…
Furniture at Target
A class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly falsely advertising furniture as being made from leather when, according to the complaint, the furniture is made from pleather (an imitation…
Glucosamine Supplements: Rexall, Osteo Bi-Flex, and Others
November 2016: The appeals were voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed. Click on the links below to see each motion for dismissal and order dismissing case.…
Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel
September 2016: The named plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this action When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled., the reasons for which have…
Target Debit Card
In June 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly deceptively marketing the Target Debit Card. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the card does not work…
Various Lines of Herbal Supplements: Finest Nutrition, Spring Valley, and Others
June 2015: Some of the lawsuits were transferred to one court where they will be heard together. (MDL Docket Information: In Re: Herbal Supplements Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL…