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Ken Harvey: Surviving the SensaSlim saga

Posted 29 August 2011

"IN March this year my first complaint to authorities about the promotion of diet product SensaSlim set in train a series of extraordinary events that are still being played out. 

My complaint was made to three authorities — the Complaint Resolution Panel (CRP), which hears complaints about alleged breaches of the Therapeutic goods advertising code; the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). 

This complaint, and at least seven further complaints from other people, alleged that the promotion of SensaSlim on the internet, TV and in shops breached numerous sections of the advertising code. 

In April, SensaSlim issued a claim against me in the NSW Supreme Court alleging my complaint was defamatory and claiming “general and punitive damages for libel in the sum of $800 000”, plus costs".

Continues in the Medical Journal of Australia

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