Consumers Who Purchased Speech Supplement will be Receiving Refund Checks

Consumers Who Purchased Speech Supplement will be Receiving Refund Checks
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August 24, 2015

More than 6,000 consumers who bought a dietary supplement falsely marketed to improve speech disorders will be receiving a refund check as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement.

Each check is for about $25 and should be cashed or deposited before they expire on Oct. 23.

NourishLife marketed the supplements, Speak and Speak Smooth, as a clinically proven way to develop and maintain normal, healthy speech and language capacity in children. The company, however, had no scientific evidence to back up these claims. The company targeted parents of children with verbal apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental conditions.

NourishLife operated a now defunct website that presented itself as an independent, objective resource for apraxia research. Parents who provided testimonials for the website were given free products. Autism Hope Alliance chair Kristen Gonzalez also endorsed the products without disclosing that she started receiving free products in 2012.

Checks will be mailed from the settlement administrator this week. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.