Hearing-aid firm to settleDahlberg Inc., the nation's...

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April 07, 1994

Hearing-aid firm to settle

Dahlberg Inc., the nation's third-largest hearing aid manufacturer, has agreed to pay a total of $700,000 to 15 states to settle charges it used deceptive advertising to sell its Miracle Ear device.

Dahlberg, based in Golden Valley, Minn., agreed to change its ads and make disclosures about the limitations of its product. It did not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

The TV and print ads claimed that Miracle Ear devices equipped with Clarifier circuits eliminate background noise, allowing users understand conversations in noisy environments.

Largest cruise liner to be built

A British shipping company said yesterday it will outdo a Florida rival by constructing the world's largest cruise liner, a 100,000-ton monster that will haul vacationers around the Caribbean from Florida.

The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. has not yet named the vessel that will be built by the Italian firm Fincantieri for $385 million and put into service in 1997.

P&O marketing director David Dingle boasted that the new boat will be 5 tons heavier than one planned by rival Carnival Corp.

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