FTC Fines Retailer $3.17M for False ‘Made in USA’ Claims

The agency seeks to ensure truth in product labeling, mandating stricter compliance measures.

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Williams-Sonoma in which the prominent home products company will pay a civil penalty of $3.175 million for violating the agency’s 2020 order mandating transparent labeling regarding the origin of products. The FTC filed a complaint with the Department of Justice, alleging that Williams-Sonoma misrepresented several products as “Made in USA” that were actually manufactured in China and other countries.

“Williams-Sonoma claimed its products were made in the United States even though they were made in China,” said FTC Chair Lina Khan. “Williams-Sonoma’s deception misled consumers and harmed honest American businesses. Today’s record-setting civil penalty makes clear that firms committing Made-in-USA fraud will not get a free pass.”

Along with the civil penalty, the settlement will impose requirements on Williams-Sonoma’s labeling practices, including restrictions on unqualified claims, mandates for disclosures on foreign components, and criteria for asserting assembly in the U.S.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the chair and commissioners of the FTC to receive God’s direction as they enforce “Made in America“ guidelines and regulations.
  • For the president and his administration to be led by the Lord as they seek to support domestic production and manufacturing.

Sources: Federal Trade Commission


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