State Puts Mattress Investigation To Rest

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s new attorney general says he’s closing his predecessor’s investigation of the Sleepy’s mattress company because there’s no evidence of a bedbug infestation or violations of state law.

Attorney General George Jepsen said Wednesday consumer complaints were handled according to manufacturer’s warranties. There was no evidence of an infestation at the company’s warehouses or delivery trucks, which Jepsen says are regularly fumigated.

He also says the company never resold used mattresses.

Former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched the investigation in July 2009 after receiving customer complaints about Sleepy’s, which has headquarters in Hicksville, N.Y. Sleepy’s denied the allegations.

Former Hartford Courant newspaper columnist George Gombossy claimed his job was cut after he tried to write about the probe. He’s filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit. The newspaper says he mischaracterized his departure.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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