Thursday, February 26, 2009
|Final Judgment against Mannatech Incorporated|
|Final Judgment against Samuel L. Caster|
|Attorney General's lawsuit against Mannatech|
Under the agreed final judgment, Mannatech agreed not to advertise or otherwise claim that its dietary supplements can cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent disease. The company also agreed to implement a comprehensive monitoring and compliance program that will monitor sales associates’ statements about Mannatech’s products in the future.
Texans will not tolerate illegal marketing schemes that prey upon the sick and unsuspecting, Attorney General Abbott said. These deceptive practices posed a health risk to seriously ill consumers who may forgo traditional medical attention because of the company’s false claims. Today’s agreements put an end to Mannatech’s deceptive marketing practices in Texas.
Mannatech is a self-described global wellness solutions provider that manufactures and markets food supplements. Citing its research in the field of glycoscience, Mannatech claimed that its products’ main ingredients, glyconutrients, enhanced the human body’s cell-to-cell communication and therefore cured, treated, mitigated, or prevented diseases. Glycoscience is the academic study of sugars, their structure and how they function.
The state’s enforcement action also cited Mannatech for encouraging product testimonials that exaggerated its products’ healing effects. According to state investigators, Mannatech’s independent sales associates employed misleading before and after photos in seminar booths, brochures, videos, sales associates’ personal Web sites and training materials.
Mannatech Inc. sells its nutritional supplements in 10 countries, including the U.S., through more than 500,000 independent sales distributors worldwide. It is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol, MTEX.
Consumers who encounter a business that is making false claims may file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 252-8011 or online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.