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September 5, 2013

UPDATED: Attorney general's office shuts down S.W.A.T.S.; more than 260 charges filed for deceptive practices

Controversial company gained notoriety for deer-antler spray

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GARDENDALE —

Former NFL linebacker David Vobora, at the time playing with the St. Louis Rams, won a $5.4 million settlement against S.W.A.T.S. after he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's banned-substances policy. Vobora claimed that the product label provided by S.W.A.T.S. did not list a substance that was on the leagues banned list.

Regarding the concussion cap, Barnes' statement said that S.W.A.T.S. claimed that it should be placed on the head after contact "to minimize inflammation of the brain." The statement quoted the company website as saying, "Take care of your child's brain, because a mind is a terrible thing to waste."

As of Thursday afternoon, the cap was no longer listed on the company website at swatsedge.com, but the IGF-1 spray, called "The Ultimate Spray," remained.

Updated at 5:15 and 6:00 p.m. with additional information and photos.

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