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Lawsuit against top Herbalife distributors can proceed

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Posted 30 September 2020

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that Patricia Rodgers and fellow plaintiffs can proceed with a federal lawsuit that is seeking class-action status against 44 top-level Herbalife distributors. The Court’s ruling overturned lower court rulings that Herbalife could compel arbitration.
Reference: Alpert B. Herbalife faces a fresh legal hurdle. Barron’s, Sept 25, 2020

The Appeals Court order summarized Rodgers’ situation this way:

Patricia Rodgers filled out the paperwork to become an Herbalife member in June 2010. Some six months later, she claims, she traveled over a hundred miles to Orlando, Florida, to attend her first large Herbalife recruiting event, the “January Spectacular.” According to Patricia, the keynote speaker at this event was a highly successful distributor who told the attendees that if they simply put in enough time, money, and effort, then they, too, could achieve life-changing financial success. . Read the rest

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Herbalife to pay $123 million to resolve criminal charges

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Posted 02 September 2020

Multilevel marketing company Herbalife Nutrition, Ltd. has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve federal charges that it conspired over a ten-year period to bribe to Chinese officials and falsify its accounting records to promote and expand its business in China. Under the agreement, Herbalife admitted to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and promised to pay penalties totaling more than $123 million. By 2016, Herbalife’s business in China accounted for $850 million, which was about 20% of its worldwide annual net sales.

Reference: Herbalife agrees to pay $123 million to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case. US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York news release, Aug 28, 2020

MLM Watch has an archive of information about Herbalife collected over more than 30 years that includes regulatory actions and lawsuits against the company.

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Herbalife Or Herbadeath?

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Posted 21 October 2019

Oct 10, 2019 Harriet A. Hall, MD

Science-Based Medicine

A case of fatal liver failure in India was attributed to Herbalife products, adding to many other reports from around the world. Analysis showed Herbalife products contain heavy metals and other contaminants. The products have not been scientifically tested, and in the absence of evidence of benefit to human health, they can’t be recommended.

Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells nutritional and weight loss supplements in 94 countries. After many complaints, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated the company. In 2016, they described Herbalife as a scam disguised as healthy living; the company was fined $200 million and ordered to restructure its business and issue refunds to 350,000 Herbalife distributors. Herbalife has also been sued in Belgium and Israel. There have been over 50 reports of liver toxicity attributed to Herbalife products in Spain, Israel, Read the rest

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Slimming to the Death: Herbalife®-Associated Fatal Acute Liver Failure

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Posted 05 May 2019


Herbalife® is a global nutrition and weight management company selling and marketing nutritional and weight loss supplements. The United States Federal Trade Commission described Herbalife® in 2016 as a scam disguised as healthy living. Herbalife®-associated liver injury was reported from multiple countries in the West. India is fast becoming the largest growing market for Herbalife® products, expected to surpass the United States in sales revenue. We report the first case of a fatal acute liver failure from the Asia-Pacific region, in a young woman who consumed Herbalife® products over 2 months. We also present unsettling data that showcase heavy metal contamination, toxic compounds, psychotropic substances, and pathogenic bacterial contamination in similar Herbalife® products in India. The growth of Herbalife® in India and expansion of its nutrition clubs in major cities that promise fake health benefits portend a serious public health concern.

Slimming to the Death:

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Herbalife sued by distributors

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Posted 05 September 2018

Eight former Herbalife distributors have filed a class action complaint against Los Angeles-based Herbalife in the U.S. Southern District Court in Florida. The complaint states:

  • The company uses misrepresentation to sell access to emotionally manipulative events that have 200 to 20,000 attendees. 
  • The events use labels such as “Circle of Success,” as a guaranteed pathway to life-changing financial success with Herbalife’s multi-level marketing business opportunity. 
  • Each of the plaintiffs distributors has spent thousands of dollars attending events, but they received no benefits from doing so contrary to frequent claims by Herbalife that: “If you go to all the events, you qualify for everything – you will get rich.” 
  • The plaintiffs are seeking damages and injunctive relief against “the corrupt organization of individuals and entities who sell, operate and compel participation in the Circle of Success.”

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Herbalife parody

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Posted 16 April 2018

“South African actor has us in stitches with this Herbalife parody”

“The comic mind behind the video pokes fun at the pushy sales reps, their “get rich quick” beliefs and the sheer volume of problems the product claims it can solve”.

“Director Matt Keeson and actors Vere and Emma Tinsdale also deserve props for their role in this clip, filmed entirely in a Newlands flat. There’s singing, dancing and even some partial nudity”. 

The Erbalife Song

Phillip Black, the man who created this shared the one piece of advice he would give the Herbalife distributors: “Please stop pretending to be my friend and selling me shit I don’t need.”

Source: The South African

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Herbalife and its distributors face RICO complaint

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Posted 19 October 2017

Herbalife, a Los Angeles-based MLM company that sells nutrition products and weight-loss supplements, and dozens of its top-earning distributors were sued this week in a class action complaint over alleged civil racketeering (RICO) violations.

The 82-page complaint, filed in federal court in Florida, claims:

[t]he Herbalife success story is a fraud; a predatory scheme intentionally rigged against newcomers playing by the rules. The success claimed – and promised – by Defendants at Circle of Success events across the country is impossible to attain under its own terms.

A little over a year ago, Herbalife agreed to a $200 million settlement with the FTC that required it to revamp its compensation system to reward distributors for sales to customers rather than for recruitment. According to the complaint filed Monday,

But untouched by the FTC’s action . . . is the single most effective fraud in the

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Comedian John Oliver blasts Multilevel Marketing (MLM) , e.g., Herbalife

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Posted 14 November 2016

Multilevel marketing companies claim to be legitimate businesses, but some seem awfully…pyramid shaped. John Oliver and Jaime Camil demonstrate how they work.  

In a 30-minute satire, John Oliver explains why multilevel marketing should be regarded as an “endless chain pyramid” and exposes the gamut of ploys used to trick prospective distributors and minimize government regulation.

The video, which has had more than 5 million YouTube views, ends with the promise that if each viewer sends it to five other people who do the same, it will reach every person on earth in just 14 referral cycles.

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Video says many MLMs, including Herbalife, are pyramid schemes

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Posted 20 January 2015

Pershing Square Capital Management, whose president, Bill Ackman, is urging government regulators to shut down Herbalife, has produced a brilliant 6-minute video explaining why many multilevel companies (MLMs) should be considered pyramid schemes. The video states:

Most companies that sell products make money by selling them to consumers. But many MLMs make money by selling overpriced, difficult to sell products to their own distributors who are typically aspiring entrepreneurs hoping to fill the business. To qualify as a distributor, you must buy a minimum amount of product from the company. This can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Once you purchase enough of the product to qualify for commissions, you will soon realize it is difficult to resell the inventory you purchased and generate retail profits. At that point, you will learn that recruiting others to become a distributor is the only way to Read the rest

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Herbalife a “pyramid scheme”?

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Posted 31 December 2012

From: Consumer Health Digest #12-46, December 27, 2012

Herbalife attached as “pyramid scheme”  

Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman has mounted an attack on Herbalife that he apparently hopes will drive it out of business. The attack was launched with a 3-1/2 hour presentation at the Sohn Conference Special Event on December 20th. During his presentation, Ackman noted: 

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