Amway sues to ID bloggers
GRAND HAVEN -- 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.

"Quixtar has attempted to identify the various defendants by reviewing the offending Web sites, blogs and videos," according to the suit.

"Due to the policies of the Internet service providers, which host the various Web sites, blogs and videos, Quixtar has been unable to identify the responsible parties."

The postings referenced in the suit include videos, such as one by someone calling himself "Hooded Angry Man" where an unidentifiable man wearing a "Property of Quixtar" shirt rants about Quixtar rules and its history.

In the YouTube video "Shameus McSteeley: Quixtar vs. Meijer," a man with a fake Irish accent compares prices of products available at Meijer with much higher-priced Quixtar products.

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BBC said...

Ah, Amway, just another rich cult with the intention of making money from those below them by making them thinking they can get to the top also.

They do have some good products though.

Jolynn said...

Amway is so annoying.

Jay Noel said...

They have great products, at a premium price.

The people involved are brainwashers, I know that firsthand.

Liza said...

Years ago I was on a flight that had to stop in Dallas on its way back to California. An Amway convention got on board, and it was scary. All these people talking about how they were going to hit the big time. I wonder where they are now.