California Attorney General Sues
Magnetic Mattress Pad Sellers

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed a lawsuit charging that Florida-based European Health Concepts, Inc. (EHC) made false and misleading claims about its magnetic mattress pads and seat cushions. The complaint, filed in Sacramento Superior Court, also names EHC president Kevin Todd and several sales managers and agents as defendants. The suit seeks more than $1 million in civil penalties for engaging in unfair business practices and making false claims; $500,000 in civil penalties for transactions involving senior citizens; and full restitution for purchasers of the products. The suit also seeks to permanently bar the defendants from engaging in future unlawful business practices in California [1].

Under California law, drugs and devices may not be promoted as having a "curative or therapeutic effect" unless they have been approved by appropriate state or federal agencies. According to the complaint:


  1. Attorney General Lockyer files false claims lawsuit against makers of "magnetic" mattress pads action seeks more than $1.5 million in penalties plus restitution for consumers. News release 02-105, Sept 10, 2002.
  2. The people of the State of California v. European Health Concepts, Inc., Kevin M. Todd, Keith Howard Buttrick, Elaine Barbara Ager Herrington, John Eedley Fitzwater, David Robert Perkins, and Does 1-10. Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 02AS05440., Filed on Sept 18, 2002.

This page was posted on September 23, 2002.

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