Too bad you can’t be sued for being morally corrupt. There is no law on the books yet, but this guy would certainly qualify.
Apparently the Florida Attorney General agrees. AG Bill McCollum is asking the Duval County Circuit Court to issue a permanent injunction against Showbiz Promotions and its owner, Jaime Salcedo.
He is the Jacksonville “businessman” who created toys in the image of slain 2-year-old, Caylee Anthony, and chew toys resembling former NFL player Michael Vick who raised fighting pit bulls, has been sued.
It seems that Slcedo’s justification for such enterprises was that profits from the “Inspirational Caylee Sunshine Doll” and the chew toys would go to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and local animal shelters.
Not really. Prosecutors say that was a front promoted by the promoter, and that little or no contributions were made to those nonprofit organizations. Salcedo mislead consumers in a question of Jacksonville product liability and fraud.
“Any company that intentionally misleads innocent consumers to believe they are contributing to worthy charitable causes is absolutely reprehensible,” McCollum said to Channel 4 in a report. “It is disgusting that a company would exploit a tragic situation for personal gain.”
Apparently the veil of ignorance has been lifted from Salcedo’s eyes. He’s decided to cancel sales of the Caylee doll after public outcry following the discovery of the dead little girl near her grandparents’ Orlando home.
And he is prevented from operating his web site Cayleedoll.com and from engaging in any activity that violates the state Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Salcedo is also on the hook for $10,000 in civil penalties for each violation of the law.
In other words, they have this guy on their radar as does the public who flooded the AG’s office with complaints on both offenses. Ultimately the court of public opinion has led to the actual court for this entrepreneur. Hopefully it will send a message to others who want to exploit tragedy for profit.
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