| WASHINGTON, March 19
WASHINGTON, March 19 Upscale retailer Neiman
Marcus Group Inc settled with the U.S. Federal Trade
Commission on Tuesday for advertising some clothing as having
fake fur when it was in fact real, potentially upsetting
The Neiman Marcus website advertised three products - a
Burberry jacket, a Stuart Weitzman shoe and an Alice + Olivia
coat - as having fake fur when they did not, the FTC said in a
complaint that accompanied the settlement.
The jackets and coats themselves carried labels saying "real
fur," the complaint said. That could have been a nasty surprise
to buyers who chose the garments specifically to avoid
Similarly, the shoes were advertised in catalogs and
elsewhere as being made of "dyed mink" and "rabbit fur,"
contradicting the website, the complaint said.
Neiman Marcus also allegedly misrepresented that a rabbit
fur product had mink fur.
This is the second go-round with the FTC for Neiman Marcus,
which the FTC investigated in 2009 for selling coats labeled
"faux fur" when the fur was real. That investigation was closed
after Neiman Marcus said it reached an agreement with a vendor
to specifically label products as having either real or fake
fur, the complaint said.
Neiman Marcus agreed to a 20-year consent order that bars it
from violating a law that requires it to advertise accurately
the kind of fur used in its products.
Two other companies, DrJays.com and Eminent Inc, made
DrJays founder and Chief Executive Officer Hymie Betesh said
in an email the company buys about 50,000 different types of
clothing each year and errors occurred in a handful of cases.
"There was no intention to mislead, and we extend apologies
to those that feel misled," he said in the email. "We have since
taken stricter measures company-wide."
The other companies could not immediately be reached for