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Doctor holding a test kit for viral disease COVID-19 2019-nCoV. Lab card kit test for viral novel coronavirus sars-cov-2 virus An at-home test for COVID-19 (Photo: danielmarin/Shutterstock.com)

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has reached a settlement with a California company accused of advertising and selling an at-home test for COVID-19 despite a lack of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any at-home test. 

Yikon Genomics Inc. and Brandon Hensinger, the CEO of the Foster City, California-based company, have agreed to cease marketing and selling test kits and to provide full refunds to any consumers who purchased them. According to a complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Yikon and Hensinger registered the domain “thecoronavirustestkit.com” and advertised a “SARS-COV-2 IgG/IgM Home Screening Kit” for sale for $39 as concerns about the virus increased in the U.S. According to the complaint, the site, which as of Monday afternoon was no longer publicly accessible, claimed that the screening test used a “simple finger stick procedure” to test for COVID-19 antibodies in the bloodstream to detect a current or recent infection of the virus behind the current global pandemic.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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