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Speak and Speak Smooth customers to receive refunds

NourishLife agreed to refund $25 to eligible customers, stop claiming its supplements help children develop speech and language skills, FTC says.

Customers who bought Speak and Speak Smooth, dietary supplements that claimed to treat speech disorders, should watch their mail for refund checks from the Federal Trade Commission.

As part of a settlement with NourishLife LLC, the FTC is sending checks for $25.18 to 6,936 eligible customers. The checks, which began being mailed today, must be cashed by Oct. 23. The refunds total $175,000.

NourishLife has agreed to stop claiming that its products help children — even those who suffer autism-associated disorders — develop and maintain normal speech and language capabilities.

The Illinois-based company and its owner, Mark Nottoli, sold Speak softgels and capsules and Speak Smooth liquid supplements online and through a distribution network since at least 2008, the FTC reported. The supplements contained omega 3s, omega 6s, vitamin E and vitamin K. The company also owned and operated a website touting the supplements' benefits while purporting that the website was an independent operation.

The company reached the settlement with the FTC in January.

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