July 24th, 2020
June 2020: This case was transferred from a court in Texas to one in Utah. (Case No. 20-cv-470, D. Utah) May 2020: The stay in this case was lifted. April 2020: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision to deny arbitration. (O’Shaugnessy et al v. Young Living Essential Oils,, L.C. et
December 10th, 2019
In December 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Young Living for allegedly operating an unlawful pyramid scheme that emphasizes recruitment of new members over the sale of products. In addition, the complaint claims that Young Living promises that its members will make money when, according to plaintiffs, a majority of members lose money. (Penhall
April 24th, 2019
Lawsuit alleges essential oil MLM is a pyramid scheme, among other things.
December 18th, 2017
TINA.org investigation reveals misleading income claims used to market MLM opportunity.
November 1st, 2016
TINA.org investigation reveals illegal health claims used to market MLM supplements.
July 19th, 2016
TINA.org investigation finds inappropriate health and income claims.
August 10th, 2020
TINA.org’s curated list of MLM info and news of note.
April 10th, 2020
TINA.org investigated Young Living Essential Oils, LC, a Utah-based multilevel marketing company that sells and markets essential oils, and found that it uses unsubstantiated, and therefore deceptive, health and disease-treatment claims to market its products. Such claims — made both expressly and implicitly — include representations that Young Living’s essential oils can treat or alleviate
April 10th, 2020
February 20, 2020: The DSSRC issues a decision stating that Young Living distributors had been making unsubstantiated health claims to sell products and recommended that the company cease using such claims. June 3, 2019: TINA.org files a complaint with the DSSRC urging it to investigate Young Living’s unsubstantiated health claims and take action.
January 9th, 2018
Below are the replies TINA.org has received in response to its DSA income claims investigation and subsequent notification letters, which alerted offending DSA-member companies of TINA.org’s findings. ACN Advocare Amway Arbonne Flavon Forever Living Isagenix Immunotec Jeunesse LifeVantage Limu Morinda New Earth Nu Skin NYR Organic Princess House RBC Life Ruby Ribbon SAS SPURILLA Shaklee Simply Said Stream Sunrider
November 14th, 2017
Pyramid scheme claims against MLM companies on the rise.
August 28th, 2017
Audit results of TINA.org’s investigation of MLM health claims.
January 5th, 2017
• 2020 • 2019 • 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 “Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant” Heather Murphy, August 20, 2020 “After a lawsuit by California prosecutors and investigation by Truthinadvertising.org, the company stopped making those claims. As it turned out,
November 6th, 2016
TINA.org investigation reveals MLM supplements recommended for everything from cancer to Ebola.
October 13th, 2015
Readers have told us to look into these MLMs.
October 1st, 2014
Three companies warned by federal regulators about advertising claims that products can treat deadly virus.
June 22nd, 2020
Why the FTC should consider virtual influencers as it reviews its Endorsement Guides.
August 15th, 2019
MLM’s long-awaited income disclosure statement, while confusing, packs some hard truths.
October 7th, 2015
A TINA.org investigation of Jeunesse Global has cataloged over 100 instances of improper health claims.
August 11th, 2015
Fake news site selling skin cream has a fair amount of wrinkles.