Vitalife Settles Suit Over Its Advertising

Associated Press

A Costa Mesa company that sells health products through the mail has settled a consumer protection lawsuit alleging that it used misleading advertising.

Vitalife Inc., doing business as Tabak's Health Products of Costa Mesa, admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay $60,000 in civil penalties and restitution, the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday.

The district attorney's office sued the company for allegedly offering free samples, then charging customers after they tried the product or requiring them to pay to return the unused portion.

The company also agreed to correct its labeling of products. They were labeled dietary supplements while the catalog claimed the products treated ailments.

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