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US District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.US District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. ()

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A federal judge in Atlanta has ordered a Norcross firm that sells dietary supplements to pay a whopping $40 million in sanctions for violating a six-year-old order barring the company from making deceptive claims about the products’ effectiveness.

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell Jr. also ordered an immediate recall of four supplements that Norcross-based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals has marketed as weight loss or male sexual enhancement products and threatened to throw company owner and CEO Jared Wheat and senior vice president Stephen Smith in jail if they failed to comply. The supplements at issue are: Fastin, Lipodrene, Benzedrine and Stimerex-ES—which were marketed either as facilitating rapid weight loss or as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.

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