Is anyone aware of any law (statutory or case-specific) in the U.S. or any of its states (or any jurisdiction in the world, for that matter) that prohibits or makes it illegal to falsify a testimonial?Example
- "This is the best I've product ever used!" - Jane Doe, CEO Newco
- "This product solves all my problems!" - James Kirk, CEO Enterprise
(a) Unlawfulness. It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, or corporation to disseminate, or cause to be disseminated, any false advertisement—
(1) By United States mails, or in or having an effect upon commerce, by any means, for the purpose of inducing, or which is likely to induce, directly or indirectly the purchase of food, drugs, devices, services, or cosmetics; or
(2) By any means, for the purpose of inducing, or which is likely to induce, directly or indirectly, the purchase in or having an effect upon commerce, of food, drugs, devices, services, or cosmetics.
(b) Unfair or deceptive act or practice. The dissemination or the causing to be disseminated of any false advertisement within the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice in or affecting commerce within the meaning of section 45 of this title.
For the purpose of this question, assume there is no actual person named Jane Doe who is the CEO of a company called Newco or James Kirk who is the CEO of Enterprise.
I know puffery is affirmatively allowed. But this is different. It's about false testimonials.
Edit: Although there is already an accepted answer (because it answers the question), other answers for other jurisdictions are welcome and will be encouraged with upvotes if they cite either statues or cases.