May 20, 2010 / 2:52 PM / 10 years ago

No jail, contempt for TV pitchman Trudeau

NEW YORK, May 20 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Chicago threw out a 30-day jail sentence and contempt citation for television pitchman Kevin Trudeau.

Thursday’s ruling by a unanimous panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a February ruling by a federal district judge, who had scolded Trudeau for inciting fans to flood the judge’s e-mail with testimonials.

Trudeau has long battled federal regulators over his marketing of “cures” for such things as disease, memory loss, obesity and financial distress.

The case is Federal Trade Commission v. Trudeau, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 10-1383. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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