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Tommie Copper to Pay $1.35M to Settle FTC Complaint On Health Claims

WASHINGTON -- Athletic apparel and accessories company Tommie Copper has agreed to settle allegations that it advertised that its products relieved ailments like arthritis without any proof, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.

Tommie Copper, which sold about $87 million worth of copper-infused elbow, ankle and wrist sleeves as well as other products between 2011 and 2014, agreed to pay $1.35 million and settle the charges, the FTC said.

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"It's tempting to believe that wearing certain clothing will eliminate severe pain, but Tommie Copper didn't have science to back its claims," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement.

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Talk show host Montel Williams endorsed the products to treat multiple sclerosis, which he has, as well as other ailments, according to the FTC, which investigates companies accused of making false advertising claims.

In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to desist from making medical claims about their products without proof.

Tommie Copper representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment