Vision Path Inc. — specifically, its Hubble contact lens business — will pay $300,000 in civil penalties, $70,000 in attorneys’ fees and $2,100 in restitution for certain consumers as part of a Texas settlement.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated in a press release that he secured the settlement with the company through his Consumer Protection Division.
According to Paxton:
Hubble deceptively marketed its lenses by representing them as “high quality” even though they were manufactured using older technology that many other contact lens companies had moved away from. Furthermore, Hubble failed to verify consumers’ contact lens prescriptions with prescribers before filling orders, a violation of the Contact Lens Prescription Act that resulted in many consumers receiving the wrong contact lenses. When consumers complained, Hubble wrongly blamed the prescribers.
The company was ordered in January to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties and $2 million in consumer redress as part of a federal settlement. The settlement resolved allegations that Hubble violated the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act and the FTC’s Contact Lens Rule.
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