LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Los-Angeles based Herbalife is facing an inquiry from the Federal Trade Commission.

The nutrition and supplement said Wednesday that it received the civil investigative demand from the FTC on Wednesday. A representative from the FTC was not immediately available to comment.

Herbalife says it welcomes the inquiry, noting a “tremendous amount of misinformation in the marketplace” about its business. The company says it believes it is in compliance with all laws and regulators and plans to cooperate fully.

The company announced this just a day after hedge fund manager William Ackman renewed his attacks on the company. Ackman has repeatedly has bet against the company and repeatedly said he believes it operates as a pyramid scheme.

Herbalife Ltd.’s shares plunged more than 12 percent after a suspension in trading was lifted.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa became a senior advisor for the company last year.

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