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Texas Attorney General Sues to Shut Down Sales of "Fuel-Saving" Pill

posted on May 19, 2006

What do mothballs and toilet bowl deodorant bars have to do with drastically improving gas mileage?

Nothing, say prosecutors who are going after a company that claims a small ball made with the chemicals in those products is a "gas pill" that can boost mileage 25 percent or more.

A lawsuit was brought against BioPerformance Inc., a day after a San Antonio judge signed a temporary restraining order forcing the Dallas company to cease alleged deceptive acts and freeze its assets. According to the lawsuit, the company makes money by getting consumers to purchase in bulk, then sell the pills to others.

BioPerformance officials were not available for comment, but if found in violation of state deceptive trade laws, the owners of the company could be fined $20,000 per violation.

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