Results for "mlm" Investigation Reveals MLM Industry Rife with Illegal Health Claims

November 7th, 2016

MADISON, CONN. November 7, 2016 – Calling into question the Direct Selling Association’s commitment to consumer protection, a ( investigation has revealed that 97 percent of DSA member companies selling nutritional supplements have distributors deceptively marketing their products with unsubstantiated health claims. Though the industry trade group representing multilevel marketing (MLM) companies states that it

MLM Health Claims Database

October 28th, 2016

Between March and November 2016, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) listed 62 DSA-member companies selling nutritional supplements.* investigated each one of these companies and found that 60 of them (or 97%) have made or are making — either directly or through their distributors — claims that the companies’ products (which include supplements, as well

The Enduring Primacy of Retail Sales in an MLM Context

October 23rd, 2015

This is a guest blog by Peter Vander Nat, Ph.D., former senior economist with the FTC who has testified in numerous federal pyramid scheme cases and written two seminal works analyzing the MLM industry. POST HIGHLIGHTS • Meaning of Amway rules (1979), especially the “70% rule” and subsequent deterioration • Koscot (1975), Omnitrition (1996), and

MLM Company Investigated by Shuts Down U.S. Affiliate Operations

February 18th, 2015

Ad Watchdog Continues to Press for Release of Consumer Complaints MADISON, Conn., Feb. 18, 2015 — Following an investigation by (, which included a protracted legal battle with the state of Utah over the release of consumer complaints, Utah-based multilevel marketing company, WakeUpNow (WUN) has announced it is halting U.S. affiliate operations. The troubled

Sunrider Pyramid Scheme Claims

December 12th, 2019

December 2019: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision. June 2018: The named plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the May 2018 summary judgment ruling and judgment dismissing the claims. (Case No. 18-55705, 9th Cir.) May 2018: A federal judge granted the company’s motion for summary judgment finding that the

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