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DA Announces Judgement in Consumer Action Against ’My Pillow’

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that her office, in conjunction with the nine other District Attorney’s Offices that together comprise the California Food Drug and Medical Device Task Force, resolved a consumer protection action against My Pillow, a manufacturer and seller of pillow and bedding products.

The complaint was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and alleges that My Pillow made representations about the health effects of its products that were not supported by scientific evidence, including claims that its pillow products could reduce the effects of medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, etc. The complaint also states that My Pillow advertised itself as the “Official Bed Pillow” of the National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”), allegedly without disclosing that a material financial connection existed between My Pillow and NSF.

“My office will remain vigilant in pursuing false advertising cases against manufacturers of consumer products that deceptively advertise the health benefits of their products,” says District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

The judgment prohibits My Pillow from, among other things, making any false or misleading claims about the health effects of its products or the endorsements its products received.

Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, My Pillow agreed to pay $995,000 in civil penalties and to make an additional $100,000 in direct contributions to non-profit organizations around the state that provide sleeping accommodations to the homeless or those who are victims of domestic violence.

My Pillow and its counsel worked cooperatively to implement changes to its advertising, without admitting liability.

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Posted on Oct 31, 2016