TINA.org has investigated Herbalife, a California-based multilevel marketing company that sells nutritional supplements, for several years and found that the company used unsubstantiated disease-treatment claims to market its products, as well as atypical income claims to recruit distributors.
- Filed amicus curiae brief opposing class-action settlement
- Notified company of deceptive marketing claims
- Filed complaint with the FTC concerning company's inappropriate coronavirus claims
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.
As part of its 2016 investigation into DSA-member companies that sell nutritional supplements, TINA.org notifies Herbalife of findings that it uses unsubstantiated disease-treatment claims to market its products.
The FTC lawsuit against Herbalife results in $200 million Stipulated Judgment against the company.
The FTC files a lawsuit against Herbalife for using deceptive earnings claims to market its business opportunity.
The Final Fairness Hearing is held. The judge grants TINA.org’s Motion for Leave and thus considers its objections to the settlement agreement.
The Court grants final approval of the class-action settlement agreement.
TINA.org files a reply to plaintiffs’ opposition.
Plaintiffs file an opposition to TINA.org’s Motion for Leave to file brief as amicus curiae.
TINA.org files a brief as (Latin for “friend of the courts.”) A person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit but has a significant interest in the case and offers information that may be important to the court’s determination. opposing the proposed class-action settlement reached by the parties, as well as a Motion for Leave to file the brief.
The parties in the class-action lawsuit reach a settlement agreement.
A class-action lawsuit is filed against Herbalife (and amended in July 2014) alleging that the company is operating a pyramid scheme and deceptively claiming that consumers can make money by recruiting new members to the company and selling its products when, in reality, most Herbalife members don’t make any money at all.
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In September 2017, a false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against Herbalife (a multi-level marketing company) and many of its top-earning distributors for, among other things, allegedly running “a predatory…
November 2015: A judge dismissed the complaint because plaintiffs failed to adequately allege material misrepresentations or scienter (intent or knowledge of wrongdoing). The dismissal was When a complaint is dismissed…
May 2015: After a final fairness hearing, a federal judge granted final approval of the proposed settlement of this class-action lawsuit. March 2015: TINA.org filed an (Latin for “friend of…