Federal Trade Commission v. Trudeau (Trudeau II)
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
662 F.3d 947 (2011)
After a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (plaintiff), Kevin Trudeau (defendant) was held in civil contempt and fined $37.6 million by a federal district court for broadcasting deceptive infomercials in violation of a consent decree. Trudeau appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded the case to the district court for further findings in support of the penalty and further instructions on how the penalty should be administered. On remand, the district court reinstated the $37.6 million fine. The district court explained that the fine was assessed based on the loss to consumers as measured by the telephone orders of the book advertised in the infomercial, without accounting for sales in bookstores. Trudeau appealed, arguing that the district court unjustly based the fine on consumer loss rather than on his unjust gain.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Tinder, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 176,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.