April 2020: This case was consolidated with a related case, Chen v. Premier Financial. To learn the status of the consolidated case, click here. (In Re PFA Insurance Marketing Litigation, Case No. 18-cv-3771, N.D. Cal.)
December 2019: A federal judge denied the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration and their motion to transfer the case.
May 2019: Premier Financial and some of the other defendants filed a motion to compel arbitration or, if the judge does not compel arbitration, to transfer the Wang and Chen cases to a court in Georgia. Plaintiffs have until August to file an amended complaint consolidating this case with a similar case Chen v. Premier Financial Alliance.
April 2019: The claims of one of the named plaintiffs (Zong) were voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled., the reasons for which have not been disclosed. An amended complaint naming two plaintiffs (Wang and Chen) was filed on the same day.
March 2019: The claims against the CEO and President of National Life Group were voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed.
February 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Premier Financial, its founder and CEO, two other executives, and five high-level members, as well as Life Insurance Company of the Southwest and its CEO and President, for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme in which participants make money by recruiting others rather than by actually selling insurance. The complaint claims that the marketing represents that those who join gain personal wealth, success, financial freedom, and the ability to afford luxuries, including expensive custom watches and world class trips, when, according to plaintiffs, only members at the top of the pyramid make any profit. (Wang et al v. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Premier Financial Alliance, Inc. et al, Case No. 19-cv-1150, N.D. Cal.)
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