Hartford (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says he and the Federal Trade Commission have obtained a $32.7 million settlement against three dietary supplement companies and their owner for alleged deceptive marketing practices.
Jepsen announced the settlement Tuesday with LeanSpa LLC, NutraSlim LLC and NutraSlim U.K. Ltd., all based in Branford, Conn. The settlement also involves the companies' owner, Boris Mizhen of Guilford, Conn., and his wife, Angelina Strano.
Connecticut and the FTC sued the companies and Mizhen in 2011, alleging the companies engaged in several deceptive practices including marketing their products with fake news websites and testimonials.
The settlement awaits federal court approval.
The companies and Mizhen don't admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. They deny misleading consumers and say they're victims of fraudulent conduct by their marketing partners.