Mattress Cos. Can't Rest Easy After FTC Settlements

Law360, New York (September 30, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission recently announced three separate settlements with mattress manufacturers Relief-Mart Inc., Essentia Natural Memory Foam Company Inc. and Ecobaby Organics Inc., each of which agreed to discontinue certain advertising claims, including claims that their mattresses are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are a type of carbon-containing compound known to evaporate easily at room temperature, and some can be harmful to human health and the environment. These settlements, and a pair of earlier settlements regarding “zero VOCs” claims by paint companies, confirm...
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