Consumers who purchased an Oreck Halo vacuum or ProShield Plus air cleaner.
Due to allegedly deceptive claims, consumers who bought an Oreck Halo vacuum or ProShield Plus Air Cleaner may be able to participate in a Oreck class action lawsuit seeking compensation for the cost of these products.
The Oreck Halo vacuum and ProShield Plus air cleaner were advertised as having the capability to reduce the risk of the flu and other illness and to kill common germs and allergens found on floors in users' homes. The Oreck Halo vacuum retailed for $599.95, while the ProShield Plus was sold for $399.95.
On April 7, 2011, the FTC announced that it would require the company to pay a $750,000 fine as a result of allegedly false and unproven claims that these products would reduce the risk of the flu and other illnesses, as well as eliminate germs and allergens.
Consumers who purchased an Oreck Halo Vacuum or ProShield Plus air cleaner may be able to participate in an Oreck Halo class action lawsuit seeking compensation for the costs of these products. Legal recourse may be available to these consumers, as it has been alleged that the company made false and deceptive statements regarding the products' ability to reduce the risk of the flu and other illness and to prevent common household germs and allergens. In fact, in April 2011, the FTC required that the company pay a $750,000 fine for its allegedly false and unproven claims.
Oreck Halo Vacuum and ProShield Plus Air Cleaner Allegations
According to the FTC, Oreck marketed these two items through various advertisements, infomercials and in-store displays. During the 2009 holiday season, the company released ads for Oreck Halo Vacuum and ProShield Plus air purifier which featured the headline "Introducing the Oreck Flu Fighters, Help Reduce the Flu on Virtually any Surface and in the Air in Your Home," and claimed that the ProShield Plus air cleaner could capture and kill the flu and other airborne viruses. An infomercial for the Oreck Halo Vacuum also claimed that the product's light chamber had been show to kill 99.9% of germs, in addition to E. Coli and MRSA.
Upon examination, the FTC found that the company made false and deceptive claims about capabilities of the vacuum cleaner and air cleaner. These allegedly false claims included the following:
The Oreck Halo vacuum and ProShield Plus air cleaner can prevent or reduce the risk of the flu
The Oreck Halo vacuum and ProShield Plus air cleaner can reduce the risk the common cold, asthma, allergy symptoms, diarrhea, and other ailments caused by molds, allergens, bacteria and viruses
The Oreck ProShield Plus could eliminate airborne particles from a typical household room
The Oreck Halo vacuum could eliminate all common germs and allergens on household floors
The Oreck Halo UV-C light is effective against bacteria, dust mites, germs, viruses and mold embedded in carpets
Under the terms of their settlement, the FTC prohibited Oreck from continuing to make these claims until it could provide reliable scientific evidence.
Oreck Halo Class Action Lawsuit
While Oreck halo vacuum and ProShield Plus reviews on the internet have been mixed, the FTC alleges that these products do not live up to their advertised representations. As a result, consumers who bought the Oreck Halo vacuum or ProShield Plus air cleaner may have legal recourse to recover the cost of their purchase. Potentially, compensation could be sought through an Oreck Halo class action lawsuit, in which consumers would join together to file a collective claim in court.