Regular follows of this blog will be aware of the settlement in a class action case against Quixtar by Pokorny, Blenn, and Busiere. Today most IBOs and former IBOs covered by the class action have received their second notice about the settlement, so I’ve been receiving a few inquiries about it.
The case was originally against Quixtar, the Puryears and World Wide Group and the Britts and BWW, Amway (formally Quixtar) . Through the process of negotiating the settlement, Amway extended it to include a whole range of BSM (business support material) companies. The second amended complaint lists the following as defendants –
- Britt Worldwide, LLC
- Internet Services Corp. and International Event Services
- Worldwide Dreambuilders
- Leadership Team Development, Inc.
- Vision Global, LLC
- Network 21 International, Inc.
- MarkerNET, Inc., d/b/a MarkerMan Productions
- UR Association
- International Networking Association, Inc.
- Setzer International, Inc./Team 100
- World Information Network
- Team Builders Business Development, LLC and Team Builders Personal Development, LLC
This was a smart move by Amway, as the settlement essentially immunizes both Amway and all the BSM companies against any lawsuits by anyone who was an IBO in the past decade. Amway has made a lot of significant changes in the last few years to better control the activities of the field and BSM companies, as well as make for a better, potentially more profitable business for all. An ongoing lawsuit of this nature, no matter it’s lack of merit, is a costly distraction. Following on from Woodward and TEAM settling their case, the settlement of the Morrison case, the Ribbon gift card settlement, and the Canadian class action being thrown out, Amway has pretty much cleared the deck and can move forward with a clean slate. Continue reading Quixtar class action settlement – a brief analysis