Light Bulb Maker Takes $21M Hit In FTC False Ad Suit

Law360, New York (September 18, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday won a $21.2 million California federal court ruling finding that light bulb manufacturer Lights Of America Inc. exaggerated the capabilities of its high-efficiency lamps.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna handed down a 122-page ruling that found the manufacturer violated Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act by falsely boasting to consumers that certain of its light-emitting diode lamps can “replace” comparable incandescent bulbs and would last for a “lifetime” of up to 30,000 hours.

Evidence from a bench trial in October and November convinced Judge Selna that the company knew of testing data...

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