New York Attorney General Schneiderman Sues NY Tanning Salons for False Advertising

By on April 23, 2015

Two tanning salon companies, Portofino Spas, LLC (“Portofino”) and Total Tan, Inc., were sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who accused the companies of misrepresenting the health benefits indoor tanning.

Specifically, Schneiderman alleged that the tanning salons understated the cancer risks of indoor tanning and falsely claimed that indoor tanning was a safer way to obtain vitamin D and other benefits compared to outdoor tanning.   The AG also sent notices to Beach Bum Tanning Salons and Planet Fitness for violating New York State tanning laws by failing to present required health warnings to consumers.

“Make no mistake about it: There is nothing safe about indoor tanning. The use of ultra-violet devices increases exposure to cancer-causing radiation and puts millions of Americans in serious danger – young adults, in particular,” said AG Schneiderman. “Irresponsible businesses that seek to rake in profits by misleading the public about the safety of their services will be held accountable by my office. Advertising and marketing cannot be used as a tool to confuse and endanger New York consumers.”

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