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Retailers Settle With FTC After Faux Fur Custom Product Labels Faux Pas

Custom Product Labels Advertised Fake Fur That Was Real

File this under wacky scandals regarding custom product labels: A group of three retailers agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission after it was found they labeled faux fur apparel as not containing real fur despite the product actually being made of real fur.

The FTC said the three retailers - chief among them Neiman Marcus, a major department store chain - violated the Fur Product Labeling Act by failing to disclose true product origins, mislabeling items and, in some cases, not naming what animal produced the fur. The settlement included no financial penalties, but had the retailers acknowledge their misdeeds and stipulated they cannot violate the act for 20 years.

Misrepresented Fur Origin on Labels for Products
According to the FTC complaint, Neiman Marcus did not provide accurate labels for products like a Burberry outerwear jacket and shoes. Unrelated to the faux fur debacle was the FTC's allegation the retailer also claimed a product was made with mink fur, but was in fact made with rabbit fur.

The two other retailers - DrJays.com and Eminent Inc. - were also found to have mislabeled numerous "faux fur" products including bomber jackets, ponchos, vests, boots and hats.