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Lakewood, NJ - NJ Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against A Lakewood Firm For Deceiving Consumers

Published on: December 12, 2008 10:42 AM
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Products sold by Xacta 3000Lakewood, NJ - A Lakewood company that sells Kinoki Detox Foot Pads made misleading promises that the product removes toxins, asbestos and other harmful substances from the body, New Jersey consumer affairs officials said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Xacta 3000 Inc.  and its predecessor, Hollywood Gadgets Inc., companies owned by Juda Levin, also failed to respond to consumer complaints, refund money and adequately staff a customer service center, the lawsuit said.

“These defendants lured consumers seeking a way to improve their health based upon claims about the product’s ability to remove toxins from the body,” state Attorney General Anne Milgram said. “We’ve filed suit because the defendants misled the public with these unsupported claims.”

The foot pads were advertised on infomercials and the company’s Web site as a prescription to remove heavy metals, metabolic wastes, parasites and cellulite. They were billed as “perfect for diabetes, arthritis, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia and weight loss.”

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The product, however, has been the subject of charges that it is a scam from consumer-oriented Web sites and network television programs.

A company representative could not be reached for comment.

The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Ocean County, said the companies last fall began an extensive advertising campaign, touting a pad that customers could place on the bottom of their feet, removing harmful toxins and boosting their energy.

The cost was as little as $19.99, and the product was derived from the “ancient Japanese secret to perfect health,” the advertisement stated.

The lawsuit said the companies violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Among the allegations:

They made misleading claims that the product was “FDA Registered,” and its effectiveness was supported by “clinical trials” and “independent studies.”

They enrolled customers in a program to receive a free foot pad each month if they paid for the cost of shipping — without customers’ authorization.

They charged a premium for a “rush” delivery, but didn’t send the order in a timely manner.

They overcharged a customer’s credit or debit card.

They failed to honor a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

“We will not tolerate attempts to dupe consumers out of their hard-earned dollars,” said David Szuchman, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs.



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 Dec 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM Anonymous Says:

do this will all scammy vitamins

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM Loshon Hora Says:

OY VEY

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 10:59 AM Anonymous Says:

A sucker is born every minute - and there are a million suckers around already.

Lifnei iver lo titen michshal

I guess they skipped learning that in Lakewood

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM Anonymous Says:

There is a disturbing trend in our community where we find more and more people trying to cure all forms of illness with so-called "alternative medicine" narishkeiten. At best this borders on stupidity, at worst it may even reach sakanas nefashos. Please beware of snake oil salesmen in our community- men & women trying to convince you to buy all kinds of vitamins and gadgets with no proven records of efficacy.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

A sucker is born every minute - and there are a million suckers around already.

Lifnei iver lo titen michshal

I guess they skipped learning that in Lakewood

Has nothing to do with Lakewood, happens to be this man (before proven guilty)lives in Lakewood.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Has nothing to do with Lakewood, happens to be this man (before proven guilty)lives in Lakewood.

btw u can sell used banana peels can shine your shoes better
nothing illegal
as long as you have a buyer for it
this was profiled on ABC's 20/20
and a study was done in israel regarding this product showing it does have some benefits

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:56 AM Anonymous Says:

oy. what a * BUBBAH*. mysah. hamayvin yavin!

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM Anonymous Says:

im not getting the facts clear, did he invent the product or market a product created by some firm.
chances are he was selling an existing product so why dont they go after everyone who sold it.
im smelling anti semitism.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:37 AM Concerned Member Says:

Any medical professional I have ever mentioned these things to, including those in holistic medicine have said these foot pads are completely worthless.

It is better to look at these products with a healthy dose of skepticism so you don't get ripped off.

Chances are if your trained doctor tells you it's junk but some clown on television at 3AM says it's the best thing G-d ever created, you might want to change the channel.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM robroy560 Says:

When these htings first came out, my wife and I couldn't believe people would actually buy this nonsense.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:33 AM YANKEL Says:

Is anyone really foolish enough to believe the products claims? If a product like this really lived up to it's claims, you can be certain that a major corporation would buy the rights immediatly for millions.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM Shloimy Says:

This is not so bad,The company that takes the cake is "Name a star after someone".
I think I will start selling a grain of sand in a nice box which you can keep on your fireplace.
Ah Gut Shabbos

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:38 PM deepthinker Says:

anonymous says: "There is a disturbing trend in our community where we find more and more people trying to cure all forms of illness with so-called "alternative medicine" narishkeiten."

Well, over 50% of the American people use "alternative" medicine--do you really think everyone's stupid?

Consider the fact that, according to the doctor's own organization, the AMA, well over 100,000 people die from prescription drugs and surgery EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

There are thousands of clinical studies, by very reputable doctors and scientists on the real value of many "alternative" therapies, such as Chiropractic, Orthomolecular Medicine, and Accupuncture, to mention just a few that immediately come to mind.

Remember, there is a furious battle in progress in the Healthcare industry between the old Allopathic/Drug medical approach, that traces its ancestry back to Newtonian physics, and "alternative medicine that incorporates many of the new discoveries that have come to light in the 20th century. At the present time, Allopathic Medicine has succeeded in making most of its competitors illegal in this country, even though they are used successfully in countries all over the world.

"Follow the Money."

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:32 PM Wise Guy Says:

The only reason it doesn't work is because you first have to rub Goji juice, $50.00 a bottle, on your soles.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

A sucker is born every minute - and there are a million suckers around already.

Lifnei iver lo titen michshal

I guess they skipped learning that in Lakewood

lakewood translates that literally . If he sees then he is not blind and if he buys the product then its his prolem because he has eyes and is not blind.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 03:22 PM Berkowitz Says:

Yup, I hope GoCheat (Goji) juice is next, they suck the hard earned dollars from our own community.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 03:52 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #12  
Shloimy Says:

This is not so bad,The company that takes the cake is "Name a star after someone".
I think I will start selling a grain of sand in a nice box which you can keep on your fireplace.
Ah Gut Shabbos

...And on which planet or star is going to be the Court where he will take the person who invades his star???!!!...! A grain of sand, at least, you can get to, if you can identify it! "Like the stars in the sky and like the dust of the water's edge"...!!!

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 07:33 PM footsie Says:

Reply to #14  
Wise Guy Says:

The only reason it doesn't work is because you first have to rub Goji juice, $50.00 a bottle, on your soles.

I bought and used the foot-pad product, it works, as far as slightly controlling odor and perspiration, but any further health benefits are patently false.

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 09:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Shloimy Says:

This is not so bad,The company that takes the cake is "Name a star after someone".
I think I will start selling a grain of sand in a nice box which you can keep on your fireplace.
Ah Gut Shabbos

I have reason to believe that a Yid started that too. The original company that sold "Star names" charged $36 per star. They then raised the price to $54. Sounds kinda jewish to me.

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 08:57 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

im not getting the facts clear, did he invent the product or market a product created by some firm.
chances are he was selling an existing product so why dont they go after everyone who sold it.
im smelling anti semitism.

I'm smelling geneivah. (Even though no one. Absolutely, no one can sell me anything I don't want to buy). I don't care if the goniff wears a Yeshivish Frock or a Shtreimel and Bekishe. A g is A g !!!

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 Dec 14, 2008 at 02:24 AM Anonymous Says:

The problem is that those selling this junk believe the hype. My secretary, in all sincerity, wanted to sell me goji juice as did a classmate of mine (from 30 years ago). They really believe it works. Stupidity, however, should not warrant jail time. I do not have to buy (and did not) and nor does anyone else.

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 Dec 14, 2008 at 01:29 AM Heshy Says:

"Caveat emptor", let the buyer beware. If anyone is stupid enough to buy all thease products (gasoline savers, "vitamins" with miraculous benefits, hair growing pills, creams or devices, various body part enhancers, etc), and the placebo effect doesn't satisfy them, than that is just too bad. As Shlima Hamelech said, "Hapesah ne'man l'col duvar".

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 Dec 16, 2008 at 04:31 PM shuey Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

oy. what a * BUBBAH*. mysah. hamayvin yavin!

yup there is no need to hide we all know "bubba" mayseh

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