Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement recently that she applauds the decision dismissing a lawsuit against the State of Arkansas, filed by Jim Bakker and his production company, Morningside Church Productions, Inc., which conducts business as The Jim Bakker Show.
The decision was issued in a U.S. District Court.
Rutledge has a separate lawsuit against Jim Bakker and his production company in the Arkansas Circuit Court under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act for allegedly falsely telling Arkansas consumers that colloidal silver products would cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate COVID-19.
“Jim Bakker’s attempts to distract my office by filing a federal lawsuit failed. We will not be deterred from the important job of protecting Arkansas consumers from fraudulent and deceptive claims,” said Rutledge in a prepared statement last week. “I will not tolerate illegal schemes used by Mr. Bakker that directly harm Arkansas consumers financially or physically. Bakker has historically cloaked his illegal action in the name of religion, yet he continues to deceive Arkansans for his own glory and wealth by peddling unsafe and ineffective potions as a cure for COVID-19.”
About 385 Arkansans made purchases from Bakker’s company totaling about $60,524 for colloidal silver products between January 1 and March 9, 2020, according to the attorney general's office.
Also according to the attorney general's office, in February 2020, The Jim Bakker Show hosted Sherrill Sellman who falsely claimed the colloidal silver products hawked by Jim Bakker were “proven by the government to have the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV… .”
Both Bakker and Sellman separately received warning letters from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for selling unapproved drugs to cure or prevent COVID-19. The FDA had previously stated that silver products are not scientifically recognized to be safe and effective.
Rutledge is urging all consumers who have purchased products from Bakker or Sellman to contact her office immediately at 800-482- 8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.