Newsbreak: Anti-Aging Creams Called a Rip-Off [Video]

Posted September 18, 2013 in Consumer Law Video Your Job & The Law by


Betsy Kim, editorial director of, provides today’s video Newsbreak for baby boomers.

Maybe wisdom does come with age. If the fountain of youth in a jar sounds too good to be true, you’re not alone in your skepticism.  A class action lawsuit in New York accuses Estee Lauder of falsely advertising that its Advanced Night Repair Cream can make you look younger.

According to the complaint, the makeup giant makes up claims that its products promote DNA repair and misleads customers to pay higher prices, including $92 for a 1.7 ounce bottle.

In a separate consumer fraud class action in New Jersey, Estee Lauder is also under fire for its Clinique brand Repairwear, Youth Surge and Turnaround products. That lawsuit says the company dupes consumers by falsely representing that its products rebuild firming collagen and make wrinkles disappear.

AT&T will pay a quarter million dollars to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission age discrimination lawsuit. In 2008, AT&T fired Terry Pierce, from its Lee’s Summit, Mo., facility in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Pierce, who was 53, worked as a sale coach manager for 16 years. AT&T fired her, while retaining younger, lower-performing employees in Pierce’s same position.

AT&T will redistribute its anti-discrimination policy and report to the EEOC complaints of age discrimination and terminations of people over 40.

Now, more than 2 million Americans 55 and older are unemployed. Older Americans remain unemployed twice as long as younger workers, approximately 54 weeks, according to AARP.

Finally, Emory University will pay $1.5 million to settle claims that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for services not allowed under those programs.

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say the school billed the federal programs for cancer treatments already paid for by the clinical trial sponsor.

A former research finance manager at Emory brought the case under the False Claims Act whistleblower provisions.

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