A group of distributors of the multinational Herbalife filed in a court in Miami (United States) a claim of $ 1,000 million against the company for alleged cheating in the promise to win sums of money, something that was not fulfilled, the local media reported.
The lawsuit was filed by Patricia and Jeff Rodgers, two distributors who said they attended all conventions and events "Circle of success", actions whereby they were promised to make a lot of money with the sale of their food products, but only reported losses.
In fact, they not only did not get rich, but Patricia Rodgers estimated that they had losses of about $ 100,000, including $ 20,000 spent attending the events of Herbalife, a multinational with a net profit in 2017 of some $ 4,400 million. the newspaper Miami Herald.
Now, the Rodgers and other former distributors of Herbalife have filed a $ 1 billion lawsuit for compensation in a court of law Miami that may be more than 100,000 people in a similar situation.
"We did everything they had told us, we attended all the events, we traveled and we spent money, and we did not succeed as they said we would," Rodgers said in an interview with the newspaper.
"You get so involved that it's almost a cult mentality," he said.
One of the points that distinguishes this question Miami from others Herbalife is that refers to the system of events known as "Circle of success", which distributors of the ease of attending all the events held in the country with the costs on their own beliefs, said to this newspaper the lawyer of the couple , Etan Mark.
Distributors are "promoted" with the question of "learning to get rich" and at the same time "hiring more people to become distributors in what is called the downline", "he added.
"I took the money I had, I followed the dream they were selling me. It was addictive. It was almost as if they hypnotized you and you were in a kind of trance ", Rodgers complained.
"Then you realize that they really deceived me", the former distributor of this company complained that vitamin supplements and weight loss were sold through a network of independent distributors.
Herbalife, located in Los Angeles, has 8,300 employees around the world and in the neighborhood 2.3 million independent distributors, with its main market in North America, China and Asia.
In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States forced Herbalife to pay $ 200 million as compensation for the consumers / distributors he deceived with promises to win money that never came.
The company that sells supplements for vitamins and weight loss agreed to reimburse that amount and restructure the commercial system to meet the FTC's requirements.