June 30th, 2021
MADISON, CONN. June 30, 2021 – Ad watchdog truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org) sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to initiate a penalty-offense program targeting the direct selling industry and its market-wide practice of utilizing deceptive earnings representations and false health claims. For years TINA.org has taken an active role in holding
May 18th, 2021
Tell your member of Congress to #MakeScammersPay
February 23rd, 2021
A master list of known and alleged scams.
December 15th, 2020
TINA.org files brief in critical case concerning FTC authority.
December 3rd, 2020
Why the MLM industry should avoid the term.
September 14th, 2020
How income claims, even truthful ones, can be deceptive when marketing the MLM business opportunity.
August 10th, 2020
TINA.org’s curated list of MLM info and news of note.
April 27th, 2020
TINA.org investigated Herbalife International of America, Inc., a multibillion-dollar, California-based multilevel marketing company, and found that the company, through its distributors, deceptively claims that using various Herbalife products can treat and/or prevent the coronavirus by boosting one’s immune system. As a result of these findings, TINA.org filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on
April 27th, 2020
April 27, 2020: TINA.org files a complaint with the FTC against Herbalife for deceptively claiming that its supplements and nutritional products can prevent and help treat the coronavirus by boosting a person’s immune system, and urging the agency to take action.
January 27th, 2020
Latest FTC pyramid action should serve as a warning for the MLM industry.
October 2nd, 2019
Health and wellness products MLM allegedly rewarded recruitment over product sales.
December 18th, 2017
More than 97 percent of DSA member companies use or have used misleading income claims.
November 1st, 2017
Jeunesse and Diamond distributors facing third pyramid scheme complaint in 10 months.
August 28th, 2017
More than 1,000 unsubstantiated health claims remain on the internet nine months after TINA.org’s investigation.
March 20th, 2017
Nutritional supplement MLM facing racketeering charges in class-action lawsuit filed by former distributors.
January 5th, 2017
2021 • 2020 • 2019 • 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 “Neuriva Brain Booster $8 Million Class Deal Draws Objections” Julie Steinberg, July 30, 2021 “But the deal gives plaintiffs’ counsel an outsized fee of nearly $3 million while paying a nominal sum to a few
December 20th, 2016
Below are the replies TINA.org has received in response to its DSA health claims investigation and subsequent notification letters, which alerted offending DSA-member companies of TINA.org’s findings. 4Life AdvoCare Agel Amway Arbonne Flavon Forever Living FreeLife Herbalife Immunotec Isagenix Jeunesse Jusuru Kyani L’Bri LifeVantage LifeWave Limu Mannatech Melaleuca Morinda Nefful Nikken NYR Organic Sanki Global
December 16th, 2016
MADISON, CONN. December 16, 2016 – Vemma Nutrition, an Arizona-based multi-level marketing (MLM) company that the Federal Trade Commission labeled a pyramid scheme in a lawsuit filed last year, has reached a $238 million settlement with the agency that bans its recruitment-focused business practices. Ad watchdog truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org) first warned consumers about the energy drink and dietary
December 15th, 2016
Company agrees to a ban on pyramid scheme practices to settle charges.