Whistleblower: Minnesota companies take note after deceptive ads draw sanctions

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Car dealerships lure customers into showrooms by promising everything from thousands of dollars off a vehicle to a free 32-inch plasma television. Companies selling weight-loss products tell consumers they can shed pounds in less time than it takes to reach for that doughnut.

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grumpycatJan. 11, 14 4:43 PM

When will they take on political advertising. It would be great to fine the candidates and all theses "dark money PACs" millions of dollars for making false statements. It would be even greater if there were "jail time" penalties for false statements. Poor Michele Bachmann would be serving a life sentence for all her lies.

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janders55811Jan. 11, 14 5:56 PM

Grumpycat How abopuy "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor "

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kenw1952wJan. 11, 14 6:32 PM

Every TV ad is deceptive, where do they draw the line? Think of all the ads that show and tell one thing but in the fine print that you can't hardly read and only stays on the screen for a second has all the disclaimers. I've never got a hamburger from Micky D's that looked like the one they always show on TV where there's steam coming off the burger, melted cheese, fresh looking bun...mine are cold, slab of unmelted cheese and a bun squished down, LOL

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turbofixJan. 11, 14 7:33 PM

They should abolish ads that either have microscopic print or have a fast talker at the end. Even if you can't read it or understand what you are hearing, it's technically still in the add although misleading.

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grumpycatJan. 11, 14 8:44 PM

@janders55811,"Grumpycat How abopuy "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor " Actually you can keep your doctor, you just have to purchase a policy that currently includes your doctor. What you hate to admit is that over 85% of the current policy holders never lost their coverage and still have their original doctor. Of the 15% that did have to change policies, lots of them still have the same doctor and a better policy. What you don't want to admit is that in 2009 when Obamacare passed, the insurance companies create a scam by selling worthless policies at a cheap price knowing that the people couldn't keep them when January 1, 2014 rolled around. President Obama was not part of that insurance scam as much as you want to tar him with that.

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sternitzkyJan. 11, 14 9:36 PM

Grumpycat: "85% of the current policy holders never lost their coverage" is correct. And those same 85% have not seen the full impact of the mandates of the ACA. It will be interesting to hear from you next fall when the full implications of the ACA hit you and your pocketbook.

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davehougJan. 12, 14 7:10 AM

“the settlement includes no findings or admissions of wrongful conduct by the company." WHY do prosecutors let companies off the hook like that????????

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