Victor Kiam, who owns the NFL's New England Patriots and Remington Products Inc., has been charged with misleading advertising. Also charged are Remington Products Canada of Mississauga, Ontario, and Grey Advertising of Toronto.
The charges under the Canada Competition Act deal with commercials aired in 1987 and 1988 for the Micro Screen Ultimate Electric Shaver.
The commercial originated in the United States and there have been no complaints about it there, said Lee Feist, an official of Remington Products Inc. in Bridgeport, Conn.
The commercials in question claim the Micro Screen Ultimate shaves as close as a blade and closer than any other electric shaver.
As an NFL owner Kiam has come under fire recently for his awkward handling of the alleged sexual harassment of Boston Herald sports writer Lisa Olson by Patriots players and the arrest of receiver Irving Fryar following an after-hours incident in a bar that also involved teammate Hart Lee Dykes.
For Kiam, conviction could mean five years in prison or a fine for which the act sets no maximum. It also could jeopardize his standing as an NFL owner.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 11 in Toronto.
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