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".

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SensaSlim scam

70 claim rip-off on diet spray

Julia Medew and Ian McIlwraith, The Age, June 23, 2011


DIET spray company SensaSlim is facing a $4.2 million class action from more than 70 people who say they were duped into buying a franchise to sell the herbal product. 

Law firm Slater & Gordon said it was working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to see if its action against SensaSlim in the Federal Court for misleading and deceptive conduct could include a bid for compensation on behalf of franchisees. 

Senior lawyer Van Moulis said he had been contacted by more than 70 people who had each paid about $60,000 to sell the spray in exclusive areas based on SensaSlim's claim that it had medical research to prove the efficacy of its product. 

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