Pitchman in contempt for not paying $37M fine

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013

Trudeau paid $2 million in 2004 to settle the FTC's charges and agreed to comply with a court order banning him from infomercials except those that accurately promote books.

Three years later, the judge held Trudeau in civil contempt for misrepresenting some of the facts in an ad for his best-selling weight-loss book, namely that the diet plan was easy and allowed adherents to eat anything they wanted.

After purchasing the book, however, the FTC alleged that consumers discover it "requires severe dieting," daily injections of a prescription drug not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for weight loss and "lifelong dietary restrictions."

Trudeau's attorney, Kimball Anderson, said Friday his client wants to cooperate but does not own the companies and does not have the money.

It is not the first time Gettleman has declared Trudeau in contempt.

The judge in 2010 sentenced Trudeau to 30 days in jail and fined him $5,000 for criminal contempt after the pitchman urged his supporters to contact the judge and vouch for the benefits of his books.

Gettleman was teaching a course at Northwestern University law school in February 2010 when his BlackBerry suddenly started buzzing furiously with one e-mail after another.

His court e-mail locked up, requiring a technician to fix the problem, and the U.S. Marshal's Service had to produce a threat assessment because a few e-mails sounded threatening.

Trudeau appealed that sentence to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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