Federal Trade Commission sues online retailer over its PPE shipment speed claims

The Federal Trade Commission has sued online retailer SuperGoodDeals.com — claiming that it falsely promised consumers next-day shipping of facemasks and other personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SuperGoodDeals’ website starting in March said PPE was “in stock,” and touted “Pay Today, Ships Tomorrow” — but it often took weeks for PPE merchandise to ship, according to the FTC’s federal suit filed against the company and owner Kevin J. Lipsitz in Eastern District of New York.

“Unscrupulous merchants are taking advantage of consumers in their hour of need by not delivering goods — including masks and other personal protective equipment — as promised, and failing to provide required refunds,” said Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

“The FTC will not tolerate this, and we are working closely with criminal authorities to put a stop to it,” Smith said in a July 8 news release.

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