Ms. Dorfman’s Lawsuit With Melaleuca

I would like to first thank Bob and Anna Basset of for providing much of the input to this article. It is highly recommended that you take a moment to  read the lawsuit between Ms. Terry Dorfman and Melaleuca.  I know lots of reading.  But this stuff goes on everyday in network marketing and we seem to continually turn a blind eye o the fact that MLM companies have one guy in mind (usually) themselves.  Thanks to Rod Cook at MLM Watchdog for supplying the post!

Lawsuits are very unpleasant, but there sure can be lessons learned in between the lines.  Below are just a few lessons that can be learned from Ms. Dorfman’s experience:

It is never in anyone’s best interest to join a company  more focused on  “vexing” or “stomping out”  other companies  than “standing up” and “championing” their own distributors. 

It is never in anyone’s best interest to  join a company that delights in legal bickering. Investigate  the company’s track record to see for YOURSELF how often they have been involved in lawsuits, especially those involving their own  distributors.  It’s one thing to engage other companies looking to protect the establishment of the company and reps – quite a different story to be at odds and constantly in litigation with  the most important people of the organization and the survival of the company, the distributors.

Never join a company that plays “Let’s Make A Deal!”  Unless everyone is treated the same, you will never know what’s going on in the boardroom.

Never accept a deal.  If you accept a good position, you will never be able to tell your prospects or team that this is a level playing field.

Never offer a deal.    You are setting yourself up for huge problems – conflicts, resentments and lawsuits.

Read your policies and procedures.  It is of no consequence to the company which clause you are in violation of.  What is of consequence is the length of the contract. The longer the policies and procedures, the more clauses are at the companies disposal to use against YOU – relevant or not.  It is in the companies [sole discretions]. They do what they want when they want.

Read your policies and procedures.  This will shock and surprise many of you to know that you  are responsible for monitoring and supervising the activities of your downline.  You did not sign up to supervise or monitor the activities of others, but you may have signed a contract which makes you legally responsible for the actions of hundreds or thousands of people in your downline.  There is no way this can be achieved, but the company expects you to perform this duty…or you are fired if you fail. 

Read your policies and procedures.  You may not feel the affect than not reading your policies and procedures will have on you as you just start out in network marketing, But rest assured as you begin to make a name for yourself, you start to show up on the company radar.  Look there is “Johnny”, look at him rock and roll he is recruiting and bringing in lots of volume for the company.  We may just need some of that money we are paying out to him and the other top earners to pay for our legal team, the leer jet and the shareholders.  We may need to use “clause 18.1.3″ against him. 

Never make an income claim or guarantee to  anyone of any amount of income.  It is illegal and it is called ‘enticement’, it can land you and your company in legal troubles.  As distributors all we can do is present the compensation plan and any income disclosures provided by our company.

Never join a company that violates its own policies and procedures.  If corporate is allowed to ‘cross-recruit’ distributors in other companies, but forbids you from doing the same, there is something wrong.

Network Marketing is just another way to deliver goods and services to the end consumer. It’s a business just like any other.

Just be sure of whom you’re doing business with.

Thank you  again Bob and Anna Bassett  for the inspiration to draw more attention to these situations and the ongoing education you provide to anyone willing to learn.

Commit To Success Today
Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership With A Vision

“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” — Galileo

Frustrated Network Marketer – TERMINATE It Is In Your MLM Contract

Rod Cook reports of more top distributors being kicked to the curb.  Again these individuals like a good friend of mine, Richard Dennis, did not read either their Policies and Procedures or according to Rod Cook they did not read the DRA Guidelines Book.  Please read below and learn just what CAN happen to you.  Frustrated network marketer we hear all the time that companies just have to write all the legal stuff for the contracts and do not ever intend to use them.  Oh yeah??? Read on…Terminate is in your MLM contract for a reason.

From Rod Cook and MLMWatchDog (thank you)



This year started out as a bad year for Top Distributor friends of mine with Bazi holdings dumping Top Distributors in the cold Hard streets. Now another friend of mine just got dumped  by his company and his partner bit the dust.  Since the Watchdog is a learning lesson I want you to read carefully!



The one that is the friend was a member of a fast growing company as ½ of Master Distributor.  He is a member of the Distributor Rights Association.  But like many Members he did not study the DRA Guidelines book.  He put something in an email that should not have been put in an email.  Our DRA book says that EMAILS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS THEY NEVER GO AWAY!




His Company allowed him to contact his own personally sponsored people about another opportunity and that was good.  He emailed the 30 people he sponsored.  What happened then?  The Company got 600 copies of his email and some had complaints about him.  So the company terminated him. Fortunately negotiations got him reinstated.



At the Distributor Rights Convention a standing ovation was given during the training session to BEING THE INVISIBLE MAN given by the highly respected MILLION DOLLAR  leader XXXXXX XXXXXX who belongs to several companies.  He stressed DON’T get on stage and get awards, don’t do speeches at rallies and no public training on the company’s behalf.  Why? You become an embarrassment and concern to the company if you do something else!


What happened is #2 ½ master Distributor (Company X) went to a special meeting of a floppy company to work on a new comp plan and marketing strategy. He stood in front of the room close to the owner of the floppy company…  The ORGANIZER of this strategy meeting took his picture… several times!  The ORGANIZER being a social media NUT posted the pictures on Facebook. Within 24 hours an office person in Company X had the picture and was printing off glossy 8×10’s. The rest is history.



THE DRA – (Soon to be the Association of Professional Network Marketers) is going to sell blue ski masks so you can attend re-organization meetings of floppy company’s incognito!



Both the gentlemen above must have gotten a fair separation settlement from the Company!  How do I know that?  They haven’t called me for information to start a lawsuit!!!!!!


To read about more horror stories follow the link below.  Companies will use any clause in your contract for a reason to terminate you.  Be careful and learn to be a critical thinker.  Educate yourself and know where to go to find answer to your questions.

If you were buying a car, or a house, or even a washing machine I bet you would do some research.  If you were hiking on a mountain and suddenly saw smoke coming out the top, I bet you would run!

I prefer to be the giraffe, looking out over everything and knowing what’s going on.  How about you?   Learn the TRUTH before you get burned! (Jennifer Fisher)

Please be aware that many companies have this clause within their Policies and Procedures.  What makes the difference is the integrity and past history of the owners of the company.

Commit to Success Today
Darlene and Dave Mills
Leadership with a vision

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. ~ Joel A. Barker