The US Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that Williams-Sonoma Inc., a home and kitchen products company, will pay a $ 1 million fine to the agency for making false, misleading or substantiated claims that some of its products are all, or virtually all, made in the USA.
The FTC stated in its statement that the San Francisco-based company had claimed in connection with its Goldtouch Bakeware products, its rejuvenation products and their Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn Branded upholstered furniture products.
The FTC said it first filed a complaint in March.
According to the final order, in addition to paying the fine, Williams-Sonoma is prohibited from making unqualified US -original claims on a product unless it can show the final assembly or processing of the product, and all significant processing takes place in the United States and that all , or virtually all, its components are manufactured and procured in the United States.
The order states that all eligible Made in U.S. claims must include "clear and unambiguous" information about the extent to which it contains foreign parts, components, and / or processing. [1
The FTC said last month that Kohl's Department Stores Inc. had agreed to pay $ 220,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by refusing to provide complete records of transactions to consumers whose personal information was used. of identity thieves.