FTC May Determine Whether Advertisements Containing Therapeutic Claims in Promotion of Health Books Are Deceptive- Rodale Press, Inc.

Rodale Press advertised that the ideas and suggestions in its publication, The Health Finder, would increase life span, prevent various diseases, and permit savings on medical and dental expenses. The Federal Trade Commission challenged the advertising claims, which were substantially restatements of claims made in the book, on the ground that adherence to the book’s suggestions would not effect the promised results. The hearing examiner denied Rodale’s motion to dismiss the complaint. On request for permission to file an interlocutory appeal from the dismissal, held, request denied, one commissioner dissenting. The Commission may challenge the collateral claims in the advertising of a health book as false and deceptive.