Trademark of Herbalife

A Belgian appellate court declared December 3, 2013 that Herbalife is in fact operating in compliance with Belgian law, reports Yahoo! news. This ruling is in response to previous claims by the consumer organization, Test-Aankoop, that the international nutrition company was operating as a pyramid scheme.

Herbalife was established in 1980 and operates in over 75 countries. The company is the world’s fifth top direct selling company, with 2.7 million salespeople in roughly 79 markets, reports mlmlegal.com.

For additional information, read the following articles:

Herbalife:  Belgian Appeal Court: Herbalife is No Pyramid:  Validates Legitimacy: The Next Chapter in Recognition of Personal Use

**See a translated copy of the actual Belgian Court of Appeal Herbalife ruling.

Herbalife Statement Regarding Belgian Appeal Court Ruling

Herbalife: Belgian Court Overturns Pyramid Ruling

Herbalife says Belgian appeals court reversed pyramid scheme finding

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Silpada Designs Logo - Trademark of Silpada Designs, Inc.

Silpada Designs Logo - Trademark of Silpada Designs, Inc.

On July 2nd, several media outlets, including Kansas City Business Journal, announced that the original founders of Silpada Designs – Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh – are reacquiring Silpada Designs from Avon Products, Inc.

In July, 2010 Avon agreed to purchase Silpada Designs for $650 million. At the time of the agreement of purchase, Silpad Designs was making $230 million in annual revenue and operated in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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MLMLegal.com and MLMAttorney.com offer a vast collection of MLM news headlines. MLMLegal.com offers news stories going back over ten years. MLMAttorney.com offers headlines organized by month and year.

Here are a few MLM news stories that we’ve recently highlighted from the beginning of this year:

Ackman, Herbalife and Celebrity Short-Sellers (1/1/13)

Activist Takes on Ackman Over Herbalife (1/2/13)

UPDATE: Herbalife completes
purchase of former Dell plant (1/3/13)

How to balance traditional, online, and social media (1/3/13)

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According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), shares of wellness and services products have gradually increased over the past several years. This, of course, doesn’t mean that wellness and services are always going to be the most successful products in an MLM business model but they are right now. The DSA states the following about current MLM product success:

Wellness (including weight management products, nutritional supplements, health foods and beverages, etc.) and Services (including utilities, and financial products) has steadily increased for the last several years…

Easy access to information about health and wellness has contributed to increased consumer interest in such products… Direct sales not only offers desirable products in this category, but has the value-added benefit of personal interaction with a knowledgeable representative to help the consumer make their purchasing decisions.

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Jody (Coughlin) Greene argues in her Forbes article titled “Is MLM a Bad Word?” that MLM has had a bad reputation because its structure is similar to pyramid schemes and its negative image isn’t deserved.

Not only is network marketing a proven business, being one of the longest-running business models in the United States, but its marketing strategy has also proven successful. Distributors create income through their personal sales and the sales of those who they’ve recruited in their downline. Because of its pyramid-like structure, MLM has in some cases gotten a bad name.

Ms. Greene explains just some of the criticisms faced by network marketing companies:

Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes (hence the “scheme” reference), price-fixing of products, high initial start-up costs, emphasis on recruitment of lower-tiered salespeople over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring salespeople to purchase and use the company’s products, potential exploitation of personal relationships which are used as new sales and recruiting targets, complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation schemes, and cult-like techniques which some groups use to enhance their members’ enthusiasm and devotion.

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Mary Kay recently reported that it has attracted one million Facebook fans. The press release states:

Mary Kay, the No. 6 direct seller in the world according to the 2011 DSN Global 100, recently reached the 1 million Facebook fan mark, a number that has become the benchmark for successful consumer engagement for brands…

Read the full press release here. To read more headlines on the direct selling industry, visit mlmlegal.com.

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