Kevin Trudeau, well known for all sorts of cons over the years—his most recent one was this diet book—was found in contempt of court last week by a U.S. District Court judge for violating his permanent 2004 injunction.
The Court found that Trudeau violated the permanent injunction when he misrepresented the contents of his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About,” in several infomercials. The permanent injunction banned Trudeau from using infomercials to sell any product, service, or program. The ban contained a narrow exemption for infomercials for books and other publications, but specifically required that Trudeau not misrepresent the content of the books.
He did indeed misrepresent his book—his “easy to follow” diet required injections, colonics, bizarre and ever-changing menus, and a lifetime commitment to maintain the target weight—assuming you ever reach it.
His 2004 permanent injunction was caused by a calcium product he was peddling that he said could cure cancer, and an analgesic that he said could permanently cure pain.
The Court hasn’t yet determined “the appropriate contempt remedy,” so we’ll wait anxiously to find out his new fate, although we figure if he ends up in prison it will look something like this:
“Federal Court Finds Kevin Trudeau in Civil Contempt” [Federal Trade Commission]