County gets $95,000 in false marketing lawsuit

By From page A5 | January 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain announced Thursday that Benjamin Suarez, a Ohio direct mail marketing magnate and president of Suarez Corporation Industries Inc., agreed to settle a civil enforcement action alleging that SCI used false marketing claims to sell as many as 18 dietary supplements and/or medical devices.

The settlement ends a June 2011 lawsuit filed by the district attorneys of 10 California counties. The lawsuit claimed the company used deceptive marketing in selling multiple unapproved drugs and devices from 2006 and 2010. Among the products sold by the company were weight loss aids such as “AbGone,” “Colon Health Complete” and “Slim and Cleanse Complete.”

Under the settlement, SCI and Suarez agreed to an injunction prohibiting them from marketing and selling nutritional supplements that violate California consumer laws. They will pay a combined $1,796,114.50 in penalties and restitution, of which the Solano County District Attorney’s Office will receive $95,000.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 31, 2014 - 5:55 am

    Why is it that I have more sympathy for Suarez then I do for DuBain and his flock of vultures?

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  • The MisterJanuary 31, 2014 - 6:24 am

    But does any of that $95,000 go to the people in Solano County where were actually harmed? Or is this just a windfall for the DA's office? Or was this exercise just a jobs-programs for lawyers?

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  • Danny BuntinJanuary 31, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    I would guess to say that DuBain got duped and used his office to get some reimbursement. But it is California wide, so why is it going to the DA's office? I read "penalties" as being one of the avenues of distribution. Maybe he will put another two inches of bullet proof glass in front of his office? That way he can separate himself even further from "The People" he supposedly represents? I say this only because I tried to get a meeting with the DA, and found it impossible.

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