At the agency’s request, a federal court has issued a temporary restraining order on several marketing companies that promote green coffee bean extract and other supplements through supposed free-trial, the FTC said Monday.
It is the consumer watchdog’s first action against companies accused of violating the so-called Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act. The marketing firms allegedly charged consumers without disclosing the terms of the transaction or getting clear consent. The Online Shoppers law is aimed at protecting consumers from unscrupulous Internet marketing. The FTC is hoping to make the ban on such tactics permanent.