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Complaint Review: Sunrise Herb Farm, Sunrise Herbal Remedies, Sage Advise, Valerie Hoffman, Fresh Herbs And Teas

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  • Submitted: Fri, September 19, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, January 01, 2013

  • Reported By:Bellevue Nebraska
Sunrise Herb Farm, Sunrise Herbal Remedies, Sage Advise, Valerie Hoffman, Fresh Herbs And Teas
35 Codfish Hill Rd. Bethel, Connecticut U.S.A.

Sunrise Herb Farm, Sage Advise, Valerie Hoffman Fresh Herbs And Teas, Sunrise Herbal Remedies, Fraudulent Charges -CT Attorney General filing class action lawsuit Bethel Connecticut

*Consumer Comment: Valerie Lost the lawsuit

*Consumer Comment: We all love the Val and Dave Hoffman-they are honest terrific business people and those who posted this crap have been sued so watch out people or you will have a nightmare on your hands!

*Consumer Suggestion: I am admitting the Hoffman's were RIGHT and I am SORRY I ever judged them-good for them suing back!! Good people-treated WRONG

*Consumer Suggestion: Actually we should ALL apologize to the Hoffman's -Consumer Protection MADE them have these polices-good for them counter suing the State of Ct!!

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A class action lawsuit has been filed by the State Attorney General of Conn. against Sunrise Herbal, Sage Advice and Valerie Hawk-Hoffman for unethical business practices. A link to the lawsuit at the state site is following.

Personally we ordered herbs from her by phone via an article in Redbook. She took our order by phone, but never mentioned her company had an auto ship policy... so it was a surprise to us that our credit card was charged again 3 months later. Per our credit card's fraud department recommendation, we cancelled our credit card and reissued it with a new number. After review, our card company found the charges fraudulent and refunded our money and we filed a complaint with the better business bureau, as have many of her ex-customers.

A search on her name or company will reveal some of the blogs left by customers and how she has treated them! We received insulting, irrational and unbusiness-like emails from her when we questioned her charges, which I copied and forwarded to the Attorney General's office and Better Business Bureau. We couldn't believe a business owner would conduct thier business this way. We also don't understand why auto-shipping is required unless the customer requests it and is satisfied with the products.

As a physician my husband was apalled at her lack of ethics. We've never seen this practice with any other health products. She ALSO requires customers to send a letter CERTIFIED MAIL in order to cancell the auto shipment. We did this, but what a hassle! Other victims we've read, were billed even after they sent certified letters...or were billed 3 times in one month on their orders...It is a clear case of complete disregard for customers and taking complete advantage of them.

I pray she has rethought her business practices and has decided to be more ethical and customer friendly, but we have not heard anything hopeful as of yet, especially since her website is still on line as well as a few new ones she has started and they claim business awards with no information about where or who awarded them to her. She has relocated to coastal Maine & part time in Florida so be cautious if she starts a business there!

Lawsuit link:
http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?A=2788&Q=378410

Robert
Bellevue, Nebraska
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/19/2008 09:25 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Sunrise-Herb-Farm-Sunrise-Herbal-Remedies-Sage-Advise-Valerie-Hoffman-Fresh-Herbs-And-Teas/Bethel-Connecticut-06801/Sunrise-Herb-Farm-Sage-Advise-Valerie-Hoffman-Fresh-Herbs-And-Teas-Sunrise-Herbal-Remed-374342. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Valerie Lost the lawsuit

AUTHOR: Meri - (United States of America)

She Lost the lawsuit. I was a victim of the scams as well. Here is a link http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?Q=460054&A=3869 I just wish that the attorney general forced the removal of the bogus "feel sorry for Valerie" comments as well. She is paying back tens of thousands of dollars to those bothered by her nonsense. I wish this website would remove the comments Valerie likely made herself
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We all love the Val and Dave Hoffman-they are honest terrific business people and those who posted this crap have been sued so watch out people or you will have a nightmare on your hands!

AUTHOR: Chloe - (United States of America)

I have known Val Gal as we call her and Dave for 11 years and they have always been great to me. Paid my company on time, ordered on a convenient schedule and treat everyone they know regardless of financial or social back round with respect and love which I think is damn cool as most people with their lives are snobby jerks!

SADLY because they live in a large home and Val has been on tv, in magazines and on radio people have this big fat and very sad problem, its called BEING JEALOUS. If you knew these two fab people you would know they work really really hard and open their hearts to everyone ( and have done so much for people, animals, the earth and their community ) but people in life at times are sad and ignorant as the other lady commented. I would watch what you post ladies and gents as this great couple is also tough as nails and have no problem suing you as they did with that screwed up freak Judy who now has to contend with a major lawsuit thanks to her comment I just read. 
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I found out the lady who started this nonsense with these blogs was an ex of Mr Hoffman and was mad he rejected her. She looks the fool now as the Hoffman's won the lawsuit and sued back-that made my whole day, I was so proud of them!
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I am admitting the Hoffman's were RIGHT and I am SORRY I ever judged them-good for them suing back!! Good people-treated WRONG

AUTHOR: Alley - (U.S.A.)

In life its often hard to admit when we are wrong but in this case I must suck it up and admit I was wrong about the Hoffmans and the company Ms Hoffman runs. I reported on the hearing you see and when I read all the documents I felt ashamed and embarrased as the reality of this is that the policies of the herb farm were those dictated by Consumer Protection themselves-it was really ironic when I heard the testimony of the ONLY client who had shown up to the hearing and saw her humiliate herself and then break down admitting she DID actually sign up for the Auto Ship program and was simply angry as she forgot to cancel....it really put a light on for me and when I read more and more about this case it was pathetic how people jumped to conclusions and clearly were so jealous of the lovely home the couple had as that kept being mentioned over and over-how is that relevant to the case!? The reality is no one was just put on an Automatic shipping program-they signed up themselves-and when I checked the website Ms Hoffman was right its written all over it ( and on her booklet and receipt too) -page after page and I couldn't even check out on the website without agreeing to it-it is far from deceptive and unclear as people tried to claim and truthfully why did people ( unless they were jealous of a young successful couple ) make such a big deal out of an Auto Ship program case-its a very common thing out there these days. In addition, when I read more I realized they are a simply hard working family and were really treated like crap I must say by a very few small minded and I might add very rude individuals.... the things written by it turns it out ONLY 3 individuals were beyond cruel and as a learned very false.. I am not at all surprised it turned out the complaints were an 70 % less than 8th what was claimed and that the judge sided with the Hoffmans....NOW the State of Ct has bought themselves a huge lawsuit it turns out as I read the documents and the Hoffmans are suing them in 2 states to the tune of 6 million dollars-good for them!
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Actually we should ALL apologize to the Hoffman's -Consumer Protection MADE them have these polices-good for them counter suing the State of Ct!!

AUTHOR: Alley - (U.S.A.)

In life its often hard to admit when we are wrong but in this case I must suck it up and admit I was wrong about the Hoffmans and the company Ms Hoffman runs. I reported on the hearing you see and when I read all the documents I felt ashamed and embarrased as the reality of this is that the policies of the herb farm were those dictated by Consumer Protection themselves-it was really ironic when I heard the testimony of the ONLY client who had shown up to the hearing and saw her humiliate herself and then break down admitting she DID actually sign up for the Auto Ship program and was simply angry as she forgot to cancel....it really put a light on for me and when I read more and more about this case it was pathetic how people jumped to conclusions and clearly were so jealous of the lovely home the couple had as that kept being mentioned over and over-how is that relevant to the case!? The reality is no one was just put on an Automatic shipping program-they signed up themselves-and when I checked the website Ms Hoffman was right its written all over it ( and on her booklet and receipt too) -page after page and I couldn't even check out on the website without agreeing to it-it is far from deceptive and unclear as people tried to claim and truthfully why did people ( unless they were jealous of a young successful couple ) make such a big deal out of an Auto Ship program case-its a very common thing out there these days. In addition, when I read more I realized they are a simply hard working family and were really treated like crap I must say by a very few small minded and I might add very rude individuals.... the things written by it turns it out ONLY 3 individuals were beyond cruel and as a learned very false.. I am not at all surprised it turned out the complaints were an 70 % less than 8th what was claimed and that the judge sided with the Hoffmans....NOW the State of Ct has bought themselves a huge lawsuit it turns out as I read the documents and the Hoffmans are suing them in 2 states to the tune of 6 million dollars-good for them!
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