Tommie Copper, maker of copper clothing, to pay $1.35M for false advertising

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A company that makes copper-infused clothing will pay $1.35 million to settle government charges that it claimed falsely that its garments could relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

According to regulators the company, called Tommie Copper, booked $87 million in sales between 2011 and 2014

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says that Tommie Copper used infomercials, print ads and social media to advertise shirts, socks, sleeves and other compression garments that it said could relieve pain better than surgery or medication, but with no scientific evidence to back up those claims.

A representative for Tommie Copper, based in Mount Kisco, New York, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.