Surely you’ve seen Kevin Trudeau on television. You know, the guy who says “buy my book, and I’ll send you natural cures for diabetes!”, and so on. With the infomercials with fake television broadcasts (so remarkable–the same episode every month!), offering health books?
Well, Kevin Trudeau is in trouble. Big trouble. Turns out his new book, Natrual Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About has about as much content as one of his infomercials. All promise, no substance. According to an MSNBC article, and to the Amazon review page for “Natural Cures” claim the book is another infomercial, for people to join his website, for $10 a month, or a one-time $400 fee. Sounds like a scam to me.
But, scamming is something Kevin Tudeau should know about. According to the MSNBC article, Trudeau is a criminal:
Trudeau is no stranger to the courtroom. He’s a convicted felon. In 1991 he pled guilty to credit card fraud — and has a long past of legal run-ins with federal regulators. In fact, he’s barred from selling products on television now, as part of a 2004 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations involving misleading statements surrounding health care products. Trudeau admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to stop selling health care products.
But the agreement doesn’t prevent him from selling books.
Now Trudeau is claiming that he has the rights under the first amendment. I honestly don’t know what to think. Is there a place to draw the line on what you can and cannot write? I don’t think so. But, we need to draw the line on false advertising.