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.