A clothing company known for outrageous clothing that promotes the Second Amendment and Donald Trump has been fined after the Federal Trade Commission found that the company falsely claimed its imported clothing was made in the US.
Utah-based Lions Not Sheep and its owner Sean Whalen were fined $211,335 last week after the FTC found the company had removed “Made in China” labels and replaced them with fake “Made in USA” labels — according to FTC reports. release. .
The fine stems from a complaint filed with the FTC in May.
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According to the FTC, the company added false Made in USA labels to clothing imported from China and other countries. The FTC release does not identify other countries.
The clothing company sells items including t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets on its website as well as through Amazon and Etsy.
The products are heavily marketed through social media channels, according to the FTC, and they claim to “show people that it’s possible to live like a LION, not like a sheep.”
Other t-shirts on her website say “give violence a chance,” depict former President Trump as the Terminator, and feature military-style weapons.
“Two options, either lead or be led,” the company’s website said Monday.
USA TODAY could not immediately reach Whalen for comment. In addition to the fine, the company and its owner must “cease making false US-made claims” and “continue foreign manufacturing,” according to a 12-page order from the FTC.
Also, according to the order, any qualified Made in USA claim must include a “clear and conspicuous statement” of the extent to which the product contains foreign parts, ingredients or components or processing.
It also reads that if a product is assembled in the U.S., the company must ensure that it was last modified in the U.S., that its primary assembly took place in the United States, and that the assembly operations in the U.S.
Natalie Neysa Alund reports breaking news for USA TODAY. You can reach her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.