Amway sues to ID source of negative Web content

by louabbott on October 12, 2007

Mlive.com – Published October 12, 2007

The case could be called Amway versus the Internet, or some might argue, Amway versus free speech.

The Ada Township-based multi-level marketing giant this week filed a sweeping suit in Ottawa County Circuit Court against 30 people classified as John Does for disparaging the company in blogs, online forums and YouTube videos.

The suit, filed by Quixtar, the online version of Alticor Inc.’s Amway business, asks the court for an injunction and damages of more than $25,000 against the anonymous posters.

The company is planning to ask the court to approve subpoenas of companies ranging from godaddy.com to YouTube to figure out who posted the materials, said spokesman Rob Zeiger.

The company believes the videos and other postings are part of an organized effort by former distributors, including Orrin Woodward, of Grand Blanc, under court order not to disparage the company or disclose proprietary information.

Read the entire article at Mlive.com

Also, read our company overview:  Amway Fact, News and Review

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