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Beachbody LLC files suit over allegedly counterfeit products found on eBay

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RIVERSIDE – A Rialto individual is accused of selling counterfeit exercise DVDs and kits on eBay.

Beachbody LLC filed a complaint on April 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division against Jamie Christopher and Does 1-10 alleging trademark and copyright infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants are selling fake, pirated or counterfeit versions of its Cize and Country Heat fitness products through eBay. It alleges the defendants did not and failed to obtain the plaintiff’s authorization or consent to distribute, mark and sell the products.

The plaintiff seeks an award for all damages in an amount to be proven at the trial, destruction of the infringing articles, attorney’s fees, costs of suit and for such other relief as the court may deem just and equitable. It is represented by Christopher D. Johnson, Christoper Q. Pham and Marcus F. Chaney of Johnson and Pham LLP in Woodland Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division Case number 5:17-cv-00683

04/28/2017 |

USANA Philippines recognized in Asian Networking Convention

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AURORA Gaston, USANA Vice President for the Philippines and Indonesia, receives the Innovative Company 2017 Award at the Asian Networkers Convention and Expo 2017 held recently at the Ynares Sports Arena. USANA, a world leading manufacturer and distributor of health supplements in the multilevel marketing industry, bagged three other awards including Vision Excellence Award for USANA Founder and President Dr. Myron Wentz, Outstanding Couple Networker Award – Duard and Rosanne Ricalde, and People’s Choice Rising Star Best Male Award – Billy Dela Fuente.

These awards cap USANA’s eighth year celebration in the Philippines as it broke through the PhP4 billion sales in 2016. In her speech, Ms. Gaston, together with the company’s Field Development and Marketing team, Ethics and Education, Top Income Earners and active associates, took pride in the company’s science-based products, exceptional compensation plan and world-class multi-level company during the awarding ceremonies.

Article Source: www.sunstar.com.ph

04/28/2017 |

Herbalife Nutrition Congratulates Heather Jackson on Her IRONMAN 70.3 Win in Peru and Applauds Her for Donating the Proceeds to the Peruvian People Devastated by Recent Floods

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), a global nutrition company, congratulates triathlete Heather Jackson on winning the IRONMAN 70.3 Peru. Sponsored by Herbalife Nutrition, Jackson was one of 1,600 runners competing in this race. Jackson, who trains in Bend, Oregon, completed the race with a time of 4 hours, 12 minutes and 41 seconds. She will donate the proceeds from her win to the Peruvian people devastated by the recent floods that displaced an estimated 900,000 families.

“Once again, Heather Jackson has demonstrated to be among one of the world’s top athletes”

“The people of Peru inspired me during the race, and Herbalife Nutrition fueled me as I pushed through,” said Heather Jackson. “I’m always so grateful for the opportunity to race and meanwhile, thousands of people have lost their homes. Peru, Herbalife Nutrition, and the entire Herbalife Nutrition community have given me so much in so many ways that it is the least I can do to give back to this wonderful country.”

Her finish in this race qualifies her for the IRONMAN in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 21 in her attempt to secure a spot in this year’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in September.

“Once again, Heather Jackson has demonstrated to be among one of the world’s top athletes,” said Michael O. Johnson, chairman and CEO, Herbalife. “As her official nutrition partner, we could not be more proud of her success in this IRONMAN and for giving back to those who need it most right now.”

Additionally, Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes Felipe Barraza from Chile placed fourth and Raul Tejada from Guatemala placed fifth in the men’s race.

Worldwide, Herbalife Nutrition supports more than 190 athletes. To learn more about Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes, visit IAmHerbalife. To receive the latest company updates from Herbalife Nutrition, follow @HerbalifeNews.

04/28/2017 |

ForeverGreen – FgXpress Substantial Doubt To Continue As A Company

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ForeverGreen – FgXpress Substantial Doubt To Continue As A Company

 

In an in-depth report, Duane Bair, research Analyst of Seeking Alpha, a not-so-friendly website for Network marketing companies, points out that ForeverGreen is running out of capital:

Duane Bair:

  • Almost half of the company’s members left in 2016 (45.5%), marking the worst year for member retention in recent company history.
  • With an accumulated deficit of $42.7 million and less than $200,000 of cash on the balance sheet, the company is quickly careening toward complete insolvency.
  • This year (2017), the company has $1.7 million of debt coming due. Operating cash flow is negative, the balance sheet has $187,000, and the company has been unable to get financing through traditional lenders.
  • It should not come as a shock that management has finally disclosed that there is substantial doubt regarding their ability to continue as a going concern.

“Through a series of poor management decisions and introduction of a costly compensation plan, the company has seen revenues and profits decline sharply in the past year. Top managers suggest the collapse in sales was all planned, in reality the business is on the brink of bankruptcy due to factors the company is not disclosing to investors in a forthright manner.

The increase in revenues is directly related to the increased number of members and their business.

SG&A among MLM companies is less fixed than traditional retailers and rapidly fluctuates as the distributor bases changes since the largest expenses for any MLM are distributor commissions. In 2016, the company spent $17.1 million, or 42% of revenue on these expenses.

Previously, however, the company spent a much greater amount on commissions to members. That was because, starting in 2014, the company had adopted a new commission structure that highly incentivized recruitment over the sale of actual products to real consumers. In the 2014 10-k the company stated:

During 2014, Company management made a conscious effort to invite and attract significant direct marketing leaders to our Company. This strategy has been hugely successful as evidenced by the convincing increase in revenues.

That conscious effort came in the form of a new marketing plan called FGX. In it, the company authorized massive payouts to individuals with recruiting schemes capable of signing up large swaths of people around the world. In the first year of implementation revenues increased 240% and selling expenses (commissions) increased 280%. The problem was that it squeezed margins are caused the company to post increasingly large losses for 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, with the operating deficit ballooning and financing all but cut off, the company decided to phase out the FGX compensation plan. With less incentive to recruit, many members left the company. 

Almost half of the company’s members left in 2016 (45.5%), marking the worst year for member retention in recent company history. Unsurprisingly, revenues also cratered, declining 40% that year. Management has not been forthright about why their business is imploding. The massive loss of members is hardly mentioned by management. Instead they explain it as a shift in focus from growth and to profitability.

Full article can be found here: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4065393-forevergreen-appears-shutting

04/27/2017 |

Pamela Davis Rises to National Director Rank With Total Life Changes

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Pamela Davis Rises to National Director Rank With Total Life Changes

 

Pamela Davis is originally from Kingston, NC and moved to Raleigh, NC many years ago. Pamela joined Total Life Changes (TLC) three years ago.

She was introduced to TLC by current Executive Ambassador, Lenika Scott. Pamela was very hesitant to join another network marketing company, but she trusted Lenika because they met in 2009 in a previous company.

Pamela explains her decision to finally say, ‘Yes’ to TLC:

“After building a high five-figure income within my previous company for two years, the compensation plan just crashed. It wasn’t built to support distributors that I would characterize as, “little people”. It was built to fund only those distributors at the very top. I was not ready to give this industry another chance. Mentally and physically I didn’t have the strength to help build another direct sales business. However, my financial situation was getting worse.”

“My health was failing and honestly, I was in a state of depression. Yes!!! A woman of faith and a believer in Jesus Christ. Like many, my faith was tested. I lost my home, real estate properties, cars. There were days with no food in my home and many days of nothing more than seasoned noodles. And mind you, that type of food wasn’t good for someone like me that was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease.”

Pamela Davis is a mother and a grandmother that has always focused on building generational wealth for her children. Pamela quickly realized that Total Life Changes offers a unique, hybrid-binary compensation plan that pays distributors five different ways on a weekly basis.

This was not only very attractive to her, but she was able to build interest and belief in the business because her business partners were earning money right away in one or more ways.

Pamela was recognized in 2014 with the TLC Spirit Award at her first National Event. In 2016, she was recognized as a six-figure earner. “God graced me to walk across the stage to receive my check and 6-Figure Earner ring in New Orleans with earnings of $100,000 in one year while working from home.

Who does that? TLC Baby! And recently in February, at our Unified International Conference Tour in Houston, Texas I was honored with The Team CEO’s Global Award. My team is everything. There’s no me without them. I’m so blessed,” adds Pamela Davis.

Many Independent Business Owners (IBOs) in TLC credit the products first for driving their initial success. Others find desperation as the driving force to be successful. Pamela Davis admits that it wasn’t the products that initially helped her to find success.

Pamela further explains her situation prior to joining Total Life Changes:

“It wasn’t the products in the beginning that drove and pushed me to move my TLC business. I needed money! I was drowning in debt. I was homeless inside of my home. I often say that, you can be homeless in your home. No lights, no water, and silently losing all hope and faith. I was being tested. I give God all the glory for Lenika Scott. She was the vessel and TLC was the vehicle. I am forever thankful to TLC’s Founder and CEO, Jack Fallon for his vision and to our V.P. of North America Sales, Kenny E. Lloyd for his leadership and connection with the distributors (now called CEO’s) in the field.

“God set me up with that little pack of Iaso tea. I often say, we can’t make medical claims. But testimonies tell it all. I’m blessed because of my results on the Iaso brand of supplements. TLC is blessed by so many testimonies of our customers and team members. They have inspired me and I’m determined to share TLC products with everyone. Whoever thought that one little pack of tea would change so many lives, with so many other awesome products. TLC Pays! The opportunity is Real! We are winning over here! TGBTG! I went from $1579 a month to recently $15,000 in one month. Who does this?, TLC Baby!”

Pamela Davis shares her vision with her team members that have a strong desire to go to the top. “The bible clearly states, what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. I will be a multimillionaire with Total Life Changes. I will reach The Rank of Executive Ambassador. It’s already done…..” adds Pamela Davis.

About Total Life Changes

Total Life Changes® offers a diverse product portfolio of health, wellness and beauty products. Founder and Tea Executive Officer, Jack Fallon created TLC over 16 years ago with a single product: NutraBurst®. Since that time, TLC has continued to develop the Iaso® brand of products to include a diverse and attractive product portfolio matched with a hybrid binary system that allows IBOs of TLC to be compensated quickly for introducing new customers to our products and business opportunity.  Find out why so many are saying, “It really is different over here.”

04/27/2017 |

Criminals who use Bitcoin targeted under proposed Florida law

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Criminals who deal in bitcoins in Florida could soon be busted for money laundering.

Florida lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that will add “virtual currency” to the state’s money-laundering statute, a change hailed by law enforcement although frowned upon by some enthusiasts of bitcoins.

The proposed law was crafted after a Miami judge tossed a criminal case against a Miami Beach man accused of selling $1,500 worth of bitcoins he believed was to be used to buy stolen credit-card numbers online.

The bill, which is being considered during the ongoing annual legislative session in Tallahassee, was crafted with help from Miami-Dade cyber-crimes prosecutors.

“The high-tech criminals of the 21st Century use virtual currencies like bitcoin to accumulate and hide the profits of their illegal activities,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. “This legislation makes sure that traffickers and fraudsters can no longer try to use internet-based currencies to hide and move their ill-gotten gains.’’

But critics say the law could deliver a chilling effect on the bitcoin, which can be valuable in promoting commerce between Florida and countries such as Venezuela, where traditional banking systems have gone awry.

“Florida legislators will be sending a very clear signal that financial innovation is not welcome here,” said Charles Evans, a Barry University economist who specializes in Bitcoin. “No doubt, officials in China, Europe, Russia, Texas, and other places where Bitcoin is welcome will be pleased.”

So far, a House version of the bill – sponsored by Miami Rep. Jose Felix Diaz – passed unanimously through an appropriations committee last week. A Senate version has passed two sub-comittees and is awaiting a vote in an appropriations committee.

Authorities across the United States have struggled to figure out how laws apply to Bitcoin, which allows some users to spend money anonymously and can also be bought and sold on exchanges with U.S. dollars and other currencies.

Digital currencies allow people to make one-to-one transactions, buy goods and services and exchange money across borders without involving banks, credit-card issuers or other third parties.

Regulated services such as CoinBase, which operates similarly to PayPal, allow people to buy, sell and use bitcoins. Authorities have raised concerns about the currency – which can be bought and sold through private users – being used in the anonymous black market.

The currency has gained popularity with merchants selling legitimate goods and services, everything from Dell to Expedia to Overstock.com. In Miami, there are a handful of restaurants that accept the virtual currency, including the popular South Beach hotel and club, The Clevelander.

But the currency has also been used for more nefarious reasons.

Bitcoins was most famously used to help traffic drugs in the now-shuttered Silk Road “dark web” online network. In an unrelated South Florida case, a Miramar man got 10 years in prison after using Bitcoin to buy Chinese-made synthetic heroin from a Canadian prisoner.

When major credit card companies stopped accepting business from Backpage.com over concerns about ads for the sex trade, the classified website turned to bitcoins. Prostitutes – and human traffickers – learned to buy bitcoins to purchase the ads.

Under current Florida law, money laundering can apply to host of financial transactions designed to hide funds earned through criminal activity, or further that activity. That includes bank deposits, wire transfers and even investments.

IF THE LAW PASSES, “VIRTUAL CURRENCY” WILL BE ADDED TO THE DEFINITION OF “MONETARY INSTRUMENTS” COVERED UNDER FLORIDA’S MONEY LAUNDERING ACT.

If the law passes, “virtual currency” will be added to the definition of “monetary instruments” covered under Florida’s Money Laundering Act, which would then be defined as a “medium of exchange in electronic or digital format that is not a coin or currency of the United States or any other country.”

South Florida lawyer Andrew Hinkes said that under the proposed law, prosecutors will still need to prove intent – that someone knew they were changing money for bitcoin or bitcoin for money to either hide dirty money, or further a future illegal transaction.

“I don’t think it would affect the day-to-day users of bitcoin, or investors who hold bitcoin,” Hinkes said “But it might affect the business of those who exchange bitcoin for dollars. Now, assuming the facts support the intent required by law, the path to prosecution of traders for money laundering is clearer in Florida.”

Miami Beach police thought they had made a solid case against Michel Espinoza, a website designer who was charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of bitcoins.

Undercover detectives met Espinoza through a Bitcoin exchange site called LocalBitcoins.com.

As they bought the bitcoin from him, the undercover detectives told Espinoza they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers.

Espinoza was arrested along with another man, Pascal Reid, who pleaded guilty to acting as an unlicensed money broker and was sentenced to probation. Under his unusual plea deal, Reid agreed to teach law enforcement about Bitcoin.

But his defense lawyers challenged the prosecution, arguing that Bitcoin is not actually money under Florida law.

At a hearing in May 2016, they told a judge that no central government or bank backs Bitcoin, like the United States does the dollar. Government regulation of Bitcoin remains a messy hodgepodge from state to state, country to country and the IRS considers Bitcoin deals no more than bartering, he said.

“Basically, it’s poker chips that people are willing to buy from you,” testified Evans, of Barry University.

In a decision that was closely watched by the virtual currency community, Pooler agreed – throwing out the criminal charges against Espinoza.

“This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning,” she wrote.

Miami-Dade prosecutors are appealing the ruling.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/

 

 

04/27/2017 |

Youngevity Moves up to #76 in 2016 Global Direct Sales 100

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SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 21, 2017) – Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, was named the 76th largest direct selling company in the world for 2016 by top industry trade publication Direct Selling News.  The Direct Selling News Global 100 is an annual ranking that recognizes the most successful direct selling companies. Current estimates put the approximate number of direct selling companies worldwide at 10,000+. (1)

Youngevity’s rank coincides with a record-setting revenue year for the company. The prior year in 2015, Youngevity ranked #78. Youngevity and other DSN Global 100 companies were announced Wednesday night in Dallas.

“We are honored to be ranked within the Direct Selling News Global 100,” stated Steve Wallach, Co-Founder and CEO of Youngevity. “2016 was a year that positioned us for scalable growth as we were hard at work establishing infrastructure, investing in Information technology systems, strategically acquiring complementary brands, and expanding globally.”

“The DSN Global 100 ranking recognizes what we believe to have been another solid year for Youngevity 2016,” stated Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity. “In the span of 12 months, we achieved record revenues of $162.7 million and gross profit that moved 5.6 percent to $98.1 million. We anticipate this momentum to build during 2017.”

Youngevity was founded based upon the pioneering principles of Dr. Joel Wallach; focusing on enhancing the lives of individuals and promoting their own “betterment.” Today Youngevity seeks to continue to meet this mission with groundbreaking products, innovative services and a fulfilling business opportunity individually defined through flexibility and personal lifestyle choices. And in this Pursuit of Betterment, the Company continues to build and grow its Youngevity Be The Change Foundation. 100% of the profits from Youngevity Be the Change Coffee, and other special products highlighted on the Foundation website finance Foundation operations.

04/27/2017 |

Adult Toys MLM – Pure Romance 2016 Sales Up 24% To $203 Million

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Adult Toys MLM – Pure Romance 2016 Sales Up 24% To $203 Million

 

Founder & Chairwoman Patty Brisben in 1983, inspired by a feature on The Phil Donahue  Show, Patty Brisben joined a direct sales   company  and began holding in-home parties focusing on intimacy products. Every year she ranked among the top five Consultants in   the company for sales and sponsorship, and 10 years later, she launched Pure Romance from the basement of her suburban Cincinnati home.

In the beginning, Patty did everything. She packed orders, shipped products, planned parties, and signed up new Consultants all while  raising her four children on her own.

Over the  next two decades, her hard work paid off as Pure Romance grew into what she had always  dreamed it would be: A place where women could take control of their financial futures while raising their families.

In 2000, Patty’s son, Chris Cicchinelli joined Pure Romance as CEO helping his mother grow  the company from $3 million in annual revenue to more than $130 million in 2014.

In  2006, she  launched the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. To date, the foundation has raised more than $3 million to support research projects and educational initiatives to ensure women have the information they need to live healthy, fulfilled lives. The foundation partners with universities and research organizations to study sexual dysfunction and disorders and offers educational initiatives about sexual health issues.

Patty believes the best way to help others is by educating them. In 2008, she put this belief into practice by writing her first book, Pure Romance Between the Sheets, with vital sexual health information, relationship advice, and the most commonly asked questions from her days as a Consultant. 

Like most mothers, Patty is fuelled by her family. Her four children are the reason she started this company and worked so hard to make it a success. Today, Pure Romance continues to be a family business, as all of her children are involved with the company. 

About Pure Romance

Pure Romance is the world’s leading and fastest-growing woman-to-woman direct seller of relationship-enhancement products.

Pure Romance markets its premier line of products, ranging from bedroom accessories to beauty products through a network of more than 25,000 specially-trained sales Consultants at in-home parties throughout the world.

Since 2001 the company has grown from $3 million a year in sales to $150 million in 2015. In 2010, the company began its international expansion, launching operations in Puerto Rico,

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. The private equity firm Craig Capital Corp. made a growth capital investment in the company in 2012. Craig Capital has a long history of championing companies’ growth and is committed to championing women’s health issues. The

capital investment partnership paved the way for Pure Romance’s acquisition of smaller competitors and the move of its corporate headquarters to downtown Cincinnati in 2014. Pure Romance focuses on several sexual health education ventures.

Founder Patty Brisben, launched the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health in 2006, and the non-profit organization has raised $3 million to support women’s sexual health education, research and community program. For more information please visit www.pureromance.com

04/26/2017 |

UCAN2 Global Leaders – WOR(l)D Global Network – Achieve President Rank

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UCAN2 Global Leaders – WOR(l)D Global Network – Achieve President Rank

 

The UCAN2 Global leadership comprises Dave Ives, Ghazala Jabeen, Grahame J Brown, and Jason Regan, having partnered with Wor(l)d just 15 weeks ago, they have achieved the prestigious rank of President.

The UCAN2 leaders have over 50 years of combined experience in Network Marketing and Direct Sales and are the founding members of the UCAN2 Community in the UK, which is a platform designed to empower, equip, and educate the future leaders within their organisation.

Coming from hugely diverse backgrounds; Dave is a former chef, Ghazala aka the Bollywood Queen a traditional business owner and entrepreneur of many years’ experience, Grahame a former telecoms business owner and Jason an IT consultant, the UCAN2 team are quick to point out that prior experience is not a prerequisite for success in this vehicle and that timing outweighs talent every time.

If you are prepared to be coachable, work hard and follow a simple system you can achieve any level of success that you desire, without a commitment to any of these elements your results will be delayed.

The team took the unique step of joining forces in Wor(l)d in order to provide their organisation with the highest level of support possible, by creating an environment in which they each had a vested interest in the success of every single team member.  Beyond that it was a case of eliminating all distractions, never treating the opportunity like a hobby, and going all in.

Having been exposed to the Wor(l)d opportunity by Peter Webb currently Double President, the team quickly recognised that this was the opportunity to partner with a truly innovative and category creating company, with a unique compensation model designed to create long term residual income and retention, unlike anything they had seen before.

Dave Ives says:

I have never seen anything like this before, in all of my 10-year history within this industry, this is a 5 star product and a 5 star opportunity, which will truly impact the lives of the masses.

We are here to ride this momentum all the way to the top and to take as many people, who have a true desire to succeed, with us as possible. 

Working hand in hand with their upline support team comprising Peter Webb and their ultimate mentors Grand President Millionaire’s Chad and Nattida Chong, the UCAN2 team are continuing to share the Wor(l)d vision across multiple markets, as they grow their international team, which now stretches well beyond the borders of the UK and Europe.

Dave Ives, Ghazala Jabeen, Grahame J Brown, and Jason Regan

UCAN2 Global Leaders

About WOR(l)D GN

With an Headquarter in MIAMI, USA, WOR(l)D stands apart as a leader in the global markets of media, mobile and wearable technologies. In the 15 offices distrbuited in all the continents, WOR(l)D is employing the brightest minds and best professionals, constantly investing in great ideas and highly motivated people. Every WOR(l)D product reflects its passion for research, innovation and environmental responsibility.

WOR(l)D is a recognized as a leading player in the drive towards a more economically stable, socially connected world. Leveraging a new business paradigm, WOR(l)D seeks to transcend every social and economic boundary. Using innovative products and a proven, direct selling business model wor(l)d is helping people around the globe to transform their lives—and their livelihoods.

For more information please visit www.worldgn.com

04/26/2017 |

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