Dr. Nepute was accused of violating both the Federal Trade Commission Act and the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act by making "misleading" and "unsubstantiated" claims about vitamin D and zinc being powerful natural remedies for the Fauci Flu.
The federal government says Dr. Nepute falsely claimed that vitamin D and zinc could be used to treat or prevent the Chinese Virus, and even provide equal or better protection against it than the "vaccines" unleashed through Operation Warp Speed.
Dr. Nepute was also accused of mischaracterizing the results of certain scientific studies to support these, what the government has deemed, "misleading" and "unsubstantiated" claims, which may have put some people at risk.
(Related: Be sure to check out this Dr. Nepute interview with Mike Adams about medical tyranny and the criminalization of free speech.)
On Nov. 4, 2022, Quickwork agreed to an injunction and a $1 million civil penalty, which was partially suspended due to an inability to pay. On July 19 of this year, the court granted a partial summary judgment against Dr. Nepute, finding that there was no reasonable basis for his claims about vitamin D and zinc.
In an order entered on August 2 of this year, Dr. Nepute agreed to an injunction and to pay $80,000 in civil penalties. From now on, Dr. Nepute is prohibited from advertising his supplements as being able to prevent, cure, mitigate, or treat the Fauci Flu without "competent and reliable scientific evidence to support such claims."
Furthermore, Dr. Nepute is banned from misrepresenting the results of covid research in his advertisements, and agrees to pay any and all damages in the event that he is caught making such prohibited representations in the future.
"Consumers have a right to receive truthful information when deciding whether to purchase products," says Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department's Civil Division. "This is especially important when claims about those products could affect how consumers seek to protect themselves during a pandemic."
The case was handled by attorneys in the Civil Division's Consumer Protection Branch. These include trial attorneys Benjamin Cornfeld, Brandon Robers, Zachary Cowan, Rachel Baron, and Meredith Reiter, as well as Assistant Directors Lisa Hsiao and Rachael Doud, as well as support and assistance from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff."
It is important to clarify that Dr. Nepute did not admit to any of the allegations made against him. Instead, he signed agreements to "avoid further expense uncertainty and expense associated with this lawsuit."
"It's a very favorable settlement," said Jay Dobbs, Dr. Nepute's attorney, in an interview. "He admitted no liability and paid less than it would've cost to go to trial."
Dr. Nepute has a morning talk show on Real Talk radio, KRTK 93.3FM, and continues to operate wellness centers in south St. Louis County and Creve Coeur, both in Missouri. Dr. Nepute will also continue to sell vitamins and dietary supplements.
Federal officials, meanwhile, insist that Dr. Nepute was "disseminating misinformation, exploiting fears in the midst of a pandemic, and posing a significant risk to public safety" with his advertising, much of which appeared in Facebook videos.
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