Two companies -- Clickbooth.com, LLC and IntegraClick, LLC, together with the CEO of both companies, John Daniel Lemp -- have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they marketed weight-loss supplements on behalf of merchants by engaging affiliate marketers to advertise the supplements on fake news websites, providing links to fake investigative reports in the websites, and charging consumers for their “free trial” if they did not affirmatively cancel within that period. The defendants will pay a judgment of $2 million. They are also barred from making misleading or unsupported claims, misrepresenting any material fact in the sale of any product or the existence of a study, and failing to adequately disclose their material connection to the merchants of the supplements. The FTC order also requires the defendants to submit a compliance report within a year of the settlement’s approval, and to maintain a compliance program over the next 20 years. It’s really a shame, because we were hoping those colon cleansers would get us through the holidays without gaining weight.