Dennis Lee agrees to stop claiming his device improves gas mileage
Posted by keelynet on June 6, 2009
Finally, but it’s not nearly enough for all the damage this guy has done to the field of true alternative science researchers. I’ve met him and he oozes with snakeoil…
“For decades, Dennis Lee has marketed inventions he says will help liberate America from big business and fossil fuels. He has boasted of fertilizer that grows 17-foot-tall corn and engines that run on steak sauce and soda pop. But Lee, a convicted felon, has agreed to stop claiming his latest product can turn any gas-guzzling car into a hybrid. The 63-year-old from Passaic County signed an agreement last week with the Federal Trade Commission preventing him from saying the $1,000 device significantly improves gas mileage at all. The agreement makes it nearly impossible for Lee to market his product; the government also froze his assets, a move Lee described in February as tantamount to putting him out of business. The move comes nearly six months after the FTC filed suit in U.S. District Court in Newark against Lee, who has a long history of consumer protection violations. Authorities say he has staged sales demonstration in hotel ballrooms across America, marketing products to evangelical Christians and conspiracy theorists who share his conservative religious beliefs and suspicions of the government. Device maker has a flair for drumming up business and scorn. He claimed his latest invention, the Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell, could boost automobile gas mileage by as much as 300 percent by injecting hydrogen into the engine’s combustion chamber. But the FTC argued the premise was make believe. “We have a very strong case,” said Joshua Millard, a lawyer for the FTC. The agency collected sworn statements from people who bought the device and claimed it had little or no impact on gas mileage. It presented test results from an independent automotive facility in Plainfield. And it enlisted a Massachusetts Institute of Technology automotive engineering professor who reviewed the product’s technical specifications and concluded Lee’s claims were baseless. Lee and his lawyer did not return calls seeking comment.” – Source
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