Kevin Trudeau Guilty: TV Pitchman Convicted Of Contempt for Diet Ads

Image: Kevin Trudeau Guilty: TV Pitchman Convicted Of Contempt for Diet Ads

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 10:01 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Kevin Trudeau, the former TV pitchman, has been found guilty of criminal contempt on Tuesday for exaggerating the contents of his diet book in infomercials, and he was taken into custody, prosecutors said.

Jurors took less than an hour to find Kevin Trudeau, 50, guilty of violating a 2004 federal court settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that barred him from misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements, said Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Kevin Trudeau, who was jailed twice in recent months for civil contempt by a different federal judge in Chicago, faces potential prison time for the criminal contempt conviction in the trial before U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman.

Prosecutors had argued Kevin Trudeau knowingly violated the 2004 agreement while marketing his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About," in his diet infomercials made in 2006 and 2007 that aired about 32,000 times.

In part, Kevin Trudeau told viewers in the diet infomercials that the "cure" to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Trudeau's attorney, Thomas Kirsch, argued at trial that Kevin Trudeau's conduct did not willfully violate the court order and his statements in the diet infomercials were carefully couched as opinions and thus were constitutionally protected free speech.

Kirsch told jurors his client did not misrepresent the diet book's content or violate the agreement because everything said in the infomercials also appeared in the book.

Trudeau, whose marketing business is based in Chicago, has battled federal regulators for years over his marketing of various products to combat AIDS, hair loss, memory loss and obesity in infomercials that were ubiquitous on late-night television in the United States.

In the 2004 federal court settlement with the FTC, Kevin Trudeau agreed to pay $2 million and be banned from advertising products in infomercials. The agreement allowed infomercials for publications that did not refer to other products Kevin Trudeau was marketing and did not misrepresent the book's contents.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

The FTC later asserted that Kevin Trudeau's weight-loss book had inaccurate information and violated the agreement. In 2010, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman ordered Trudeau to pay consumers nearly $38 million based on the books sold.

Gettleman ordered Kevin Trudeau jailed overnight in September and for six days in October for failing to pay the nearly $38 million judgment, or to account fully for his assets. Trudeau has insisted that he is broke and cannot pay the judgment.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved