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MonaVie Shares Oprah Winfrey’s Concerns over Health Claims… Unless They Are From A Black Diamond

August 23, 2009

So, the big news from last week is that Oprah Winfrey is suing several companies — including MonaVie — over the use of her name, likeness, and quotes. Oprah states on her web site that she is not “associated with nor endorses any açai berry product, company or online solicitation of such products, including MonaVie juice products.”

MonaVie’s response? Let’s not forget Dallin Larcency’s quote about trying to rein in distributors making illegal claims was like herding cats. Now, CFO Devin Thorpe is saying the following:

We really feel like we’re the victims of these Internet scammers every bit as much as Oprah is a victim of them,” said Thorpe. “Monavie really created the açai business in the United States … And it’s really [Internet scammers] trading on our good name.

On one hand, MonaVie is tooting its horn about being numero uno in the food and beverage industry; on the other hand they are claiming themselves as victims. Sorry, MonaVie, you can’t have it both ways in this case. Victims? Cry me a river. Internet scammers? Why don’t you look at your very own Crowne Black Diamond Brig Hart?!? Check out the SL 130 MonaVie Information Brochure PDF that I discovered in multiple locations on the Internet:

oprah-monavie-brighart

Click on the photo above to see a larger image (pages 1, 2, and 6 from the 6-page document). Note the following:

  1. Oprah’s photo and endorsement of the acai berry is used prominently on page 2.
  2. The copyright on page 6 is by Global NetMark LLC, which is owned by none other than MonaVie Crowne Black Diamond Brig Hart.
  3. Various medical claims on page 6.
  4. Note the disclaimer about the Oprah quotes, “Oprah, NBC and CBS Radio are registered trademarks of their respective holders and are shown as news related media.”

Brig Hart Endorses MonaVie

Oh, I guess the last bullet item absolves Brig Hart of any wrongdoing? Maybe I should start putting his photo (or Dallin’s) next to all of my posts and see how he likes it?

Admittedly, the copyright on the SL 130 is from 2005. I would strongly wager, however, that there exists promotional material being printed to this day from the Black Diamond Tools Organizations that has Oprah’s likeness being used to tacitly endorse MonaVie. And, of course, tacit approval of Oprah is transformed into, “Oprah loves MonaVie! Oprah endorses MonaVie!” by the hungry and greedy MonaVie distributors across the country and world.

As for MonaVie Corporate? They didn’t give a rat’s ass… so as long as their fat cats were bringing in the money. I hope Oprah comes down hard on MonaVie and doesn’t get paid off like the other celebrities or athletes who are currently pitching this overpriced purple juice concentrate.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. Dani permalink
    August 23, 2009 8:23 pm

    Very interesting. I just assumed that what I was hearing was true…that Oprah endorsed Monavie. Monavie might say they don’t permit such comments, but they sure benefit from them and don’t seem to have done much to stop them. Plus, aren’t all monavie tools approved by monavie. So if Oprah’s picture is on Brigg’s brochure, didn’t monavie approve it? It’s hard to deny it when they’re letting their people do it. They’re a very strange company.

  2. Candace permalink
    August 24, 2009 7:02 am

    Very good, Amthrax.
    I can’t imagine for two seconds that Oprah would release her legal team on MonaVie without having some pretty good evidence of wrongdoing. I also can’t imagine MonaVie having anything of enough value to pay Oprah off. This is about to become very entertaining.

  3. Mike D permalink
    August 24, 2009 12:29 pm

    Haha! You guys are hilarious! First you pull out a brochure from 2005 that says Oprah endorses Acai and then claim that current brochures probably have Oprah’s endorsement. That’s a flat out fabrication! Where are they??? She did endorse Acai and so did Dr. Oz and Dr. Perricome! MonaVie is 1 of 50 companies in this lawsuit! Big deal! She’s just making sure that nobody says she endorses a specific product. That’s completely understandable. How bout that fact that Inc Magazine just named MonaVie the #1 fastest growing privately held company in the United States in the food and beverage category and #18 overall!!?? How’s that for “pub!” You guys can keep hoping MonaVie is going to go away but they are going to be around for a long long time! 🙂

  4. Mike D permalink
    August 24, 2009 12:33 pm

    And all that article there says is that “fruits found in the MonaVie blend attract national attention.” Is that a lie??? NO! It doesn’t say she endorses it anywhere!!! haha!!!

  5. August 24, 2009 1:31 pm

    What part of tacit approval do you not understand, Mike D? Putting Oprah’s photo on these brochures implies a tacit approval of MonaVie on her part; countless web sites and comments have been written over the years saying, “Oprah loves MonaVie!” This is what she is trying to stop.

  6. August 24, 2009 1:32 pm

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Happened to Enron. Might happen to MonaVie too; don’t get too attached this your purple juice concentrate. It might not be around 10 years from now.

  7. Irv permalink
    August 24, 2009 1:44 pm

    That’s a very disingenuous denial Mike, and it shows that you don’t understand a lick about trademark law.

    The SL-130 brochure was produced by Brig Hart’s sales tool company. It was clearly being used to sell the product. It is not an “acai brochure” either; it is a Monavie brochure. It features unauthorized use of Oprah’s image — that in itself is enough to warrant (and win) the lawsuit; the fact that the brochure also implies Oprah’s endorsement is icing on the cake.

    I find it interesting that the Monavie On The Move website originally posted the Inc. 500 press release on August 12, then they published their denial to Oprah’s lawsuit on Aug 21, but they also moved the Inc. 500 story to the top of the homepage and re-dated it as August 21. That’s a very disingenuous move. Re-dating and hiding behind the Inc story is just dishonest and pathetic.

    The Inc story, as far as I’m concerned, only shows that Monavie acheived sales growth; it fails to comment on the rampant use of deceptive and illegal practies which fueled that growth. You all should be ashamed. Justice will soon be served.

  8. Candace permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:06 am

    Mike D., go ahead and call up the legal team at HARPO and explain that to them. I’m sure they’ll see your point and drop their lawsuit immediately. I’m sure you know MUCH more about legal matters than they do.

  9. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:31 am

    Hmmmmm….. I believe Inc. Magazine ( among others) also did big articles on Equinox back in 1997 when they were one of the fastest growing companies – where is Equinox now?

    MV’s “growth” sure is reminiscent of Quixtar’s first-year “explosive growth” – all the while NOT telling the public they moved Amway NA distributors to Quixtar.

    Let’s see is MV van sustain the growth it now has.

  10. Joecool permalink
    August 25, 2009 12:29 pm

    That is the illusion of some MV bigwigs. They simply bring their groups from Amway or another MLM into MV and they give the appearance of quick success and growth.

    What is puzzling to me is why IBOs continue to buy training materials from the “Diamonds” who transfer over from Amway or another MLM to MV. If everyone is starting at zero, what gives them the credibility to teach downline about the new MLM?

  11. August 26, 2009 1:11 am

    “I would strongly wager, however, that there exists promotional material being printed to this day from the Black Diamond Tools Organizations that has Oprah’s likeness being used to tacitly endorse MonaVie.”

    Looks like you did a lot of research and couldn’t find anything past the first year we were in business. So, How much do you exactly want to wager? Do you even have any money to wager with? What’s strongly wagering for you? 5 bucks? lol Is your way of making money putting down record breaking companies because of your lack of self esteem to do something positive with it instead? People like you make me laugh, keep up the entertainment lol

  12. Candace permalink
    August 26, 2009 8:54 am

    Jason: who is “we”? Are you saying you are employed by MonaVie corporate? Are you saying that you helped MonaVie LLC begin operations? Are you saying that you are on the board of directors for MonaVie LLC? Are you placing yourself in a position of accountability for having written and implemented MonaVie LLC’s policies and procedures and articles of incorporation?

    Or are you just another regular person who drank the kool-aid and signed a distributor agreement saying that you would represent MonaVie and hawk their overpriced nutritionally deficient faux super juice for FREE, and that you would indemnify MonaVie LLC from any and all legal actions taken against YOU for claims illegal, immoral, and unethical, that YOU make about MonaVie’s faux super juices?

    Maybe you should call the attorneys at HARPO and ask them how many times using one’s licensed trademark without permission constitutes a violation of trademark laws? Once? Twice? Three times?

    And then ask yourself why one of the richest most successful women in the world would bother wasting her time and money to employ a team of lawyers to sue MonaVie. And then consider if you want to be on the receiving end of that legal battle. You might want to work through a few possible scenarios in your mind.

    Either way, MonaVie gets spanked, the name “MonaVie” gets further tarnished, and distributors have yet another hole to dig themselves out of when trying to show the company they represent in some sort of positive light.

    Think about it.

  13. August 26, 2009 8:56 am

    If I come across any more printed material, I will share it on this site.

    I see on your MySpace page that Oprah is listed as one of your heroes. Tell me, how have you been positioning Oprah to your prospects and downline? As a fan of acai only or as a fan of MonaVie too? What about your fellow MonaVie teammates at tastings and major functions?

    Finally, you may be in violation of MonaVie’s social media posting guidelines, which stipulates you must clearly show your distributor ID on all text postings.

    I did some searching on your name and found this MonaVie Distributor ID. If this is in error, please correct me.

    1198281

  14. August 26, 2009 9:13 am

    One more thing. Again, I see on your MySpace page that you have varied business interests. I applaud you for diversifying your income and not putting all of your eggs in the MonaVie basket. Should MonaVie not ultimately work out for you, you at least have other ventures in which to focus.

  15. John L permalink
    August 26, 2009 8:08 pm

    I am in Mona Vie. Like most that drink it, I tried it, liked it and got some benefit. I don’t share what I perceive are my results publicly because according to everything I have heard from Mona Vie we are not allowed to make any claims. Per the FDA you can’t make claims,as a major cereal manufacturer just found out. Foods are not regulated, drugs are and you can’t make claims about food. My wife has had benefits as well so she drinks it.
    I went into this kicking and screaming for all the reasons many writers cite above. There are a good deal of the most successful Mona Vie people that just roll from MLM to MLM. However, there are alot that did not do this and are successful. They work hard, share the product and the product does the work. Again, you don’t have to believe it, but some get something out of it and want to drink or want to share to drink for free. As I said, I didn’t like MLM’s. It took me a year to accept that by being in Mona Vie I was a network marketer. I finally accepted it as just a different way of selling something. Companies that market in stores advertise. I once heard some soda companies spend as much as 50% of the product price to advertise. Most network companies do the same through people. What’s wrong with that. I’m in sales for my day job. My product can be bought on the internet, through a direct employee or through me, an independent. All of the methods have pluses and minuses. Same with buying via an MLM versus a store. Whats the problem with that. If you don’t like MLM’s don’t support them.
    I used to study biology/chemistry in college. I understand the science of these kinds of products. I think the Mona Vie product is good and I get something out of it. It is natural and there are lots of very credible folks that back it including doctors and scientists. I studied it before I tried it. I don’t eat enough fruit and since it’s all fruit, why not drink it. I changed my diet and habits since drinking it and am saving more than the cost of the product and I drink a bottle every 3 days. Is it the Mona Vie, who knows and who cares but I’m healthier.
    I stand up for everyone’s right to be against something but I think alot of these types of sites have some other agenda or like those programers that create computer viruses, just like to cause problems. Not sure about you.
    I would just say, what’s the point of complaining about anything like this? If people have fun doing this and make money doing it, so what. What’s it to you. Maybe you were burned by a company in the past. If so, I understand that this may be therapy for you. Either way you may as well get used to MLM’s. There are more coming and about 50% of all homes will be doing some sort of MLM in the future. You won’t have time to keep up the fight with the growth of this.

    Good luck. If you want my distributor number let me know. I don’t have any problem sharing it.

  16. Candace permalink
    August 27, 2009 8:32 am

    John, I appreciate your courteous comments, but here are just a few factual corrections to your comments:

    1. MonaVie is NOT all natural.

    2. Almost all of the doctors and scientists that back MonaVie have very questionable backgrounds, histories, have falsified their credentials, or have credentials from very questionable sources.

    3. MonaVie is not all fruit. MonaVie is mostly water with some fruit concentrates added in, and also a couple of not so great preservatives. The ORAC score of MonaVie juice vs. the ORAC score of the Acai berry prove this.

    Do your due diligence, research a bit deeper. Try getting your info from sources not affiliated with MonaVie.

    [Editor: Updated comment to reflect who Candance is talking to]

  17. Irv permalink
    August 27, 2009 8:36 am

    John, your rambling testimonial has nothing to do with the Oprah lawsuit or the fact that your company’s top executive distributor, Brig Hart, was disseminating false and misleading promotional brochures that not only illegally implied that Monavie can treat diseases, but also violated Oprah’s trademark and displayed her image without authorization, implying that she endorses the product.

    As for your alleged studies in college biology/chemistry which led you to the conclusion that the science behind this product is sound, perhaps you can share those scientific details with us. I have 15 years of postgraduate education in biochemistry and toxicology and the only message I get from reviewing the scientific literature on Monavie is that the promotional claims are fraudulent and that the product has no demonstrable value that would justify its $45 price tag.

    As for not posting your distributor ID#, company policy states that you, as a distributor, are required to list this information when posting comments online about the product. Your failure to do so is a clear violation of said policy. Given the chronic disregard for company policy, trademark laws, and the laws that prohibit the promotion of fruit juice as a medical therapy, why should you or the company be trusted?

    You ask “what’s the point of complaining about anything”? The point of complaining is to effect change. In this case, the change I am trying to bring about is the end of Monavie’s illegal marketing of their juice as a remedy for diseases. As a secondary aim, I would like to prevent people from wasting their time and money on a business venture that promises the sky but delivers nothing but crumbs to the vast majority of distributors.

  18. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 27, 2009 9:44 am

    “Either way you may as well get used to MLM’s. There are more coming and about 50% of all homes will be doing some sort of MLM in the future. You won’t have time to keep up the fight with the growth of this.”

    Can anyone quantify this statement?? 50% of homes will be doing MLM??

    Sure, and Quixtar was going to be a 100 Billion company by 2005 and Wal-Marts would closing because of it!

    I’ve heard about the coming “waves” of MLM for now three decades but all the MLM’s combined still barely register a blip on the commerce radar screen.

  19. John L permalink
    August 28, 2009 9:25 am

    Wow. Struck a nerve. Let me address you all. To all, sorry my post was long. I tend to be verbose. I will try to keep it short.

    Candace:
    First, thank you for your kind presentation. I have NEVER posted on any blog or site like this.

    1. The original product is. Nothing is added except a little preservative, sodium benzoate which ironically can occur naturally in some fruits. This is requried because Mona Vie is a food.
    2. The Scientific advisory board has a PHD/RD from Penn State, a PHD from UCI medical school and Dr. Schauss, one of the leading authorities on ACAI.
    3. Look at the label. Water is added to rehydrate the ACAI powder. It is not listed as the first ingredient as is the case in many products.
    As for the ORAC score, I would contact AIBMR life sciences that has published work on this. Dr. Schauss is the lead scientist and is published on this research in a leading journal that caters to the food industry.

    IRV:
    As per my original post, all you had to do was ask. 644722. I’m not trying to hide anything. The only thing I question is that the original post that showed the brochure was so dated. Like I said, the company drills it into us to not make claims as they are illegal. This is why it is harder to find claims or testimonials than it used to be. I know from my insurance background not to cite anyone for exactly the reasons Oprah is angry about. No argument here. Congrats on your education. Again, I am not dealing with your issues with the marketing, I am looking at the research. Go to AIBMR life sciences, pull the research and use your many years of experience to attack them. As for the price tag, the solution is simple, don’t buy it.
    The last paragraph of your “rambling” response states two goals. First, you want to end Mona Vie’s illegal marketing of thier juice. Heck, if they are acting illegally, I’ll help you. I just think they are already working hard to beat back idiots who do it wrong. The FDA also keeps a pretty good eye on them which is why some changes have been made since the very dated brochure above.
    Second, what waste? It is free to join Mona Vie. You can buy what you want when you want and share with others or not. If you don’t like it, stop buying it. This argument is a little harder to sell.

    Irv, I love your spirit. Just remember the deep words of Rodney King…Can’t we all just get along?

    FreeFromQ:

    All I have to say is WHAT? Seriously, I will try to get the source on that statistic. Until then, go down your street and ask everyone you know. There are alot more people in MLM’s than you think. My wife, who hates them, actually signed up with a makeup company so she gets the wholesale price. So, technically she is in one but would likely tell anyone who asked that she isn’t and never will be. That’s my point.

    TO ALL OF YOU:
    Thanks for letting me participate. And for the record, I only make about $50 a week in Mona Vie, just enough to drink for free. I make that off of others that drink it for themselves as well. Take care.

  20. Candace permalink
    August 28, 2009 9:52 am

    John,

    You may want to spend some serious time (I’m talking days and weeks) doing very deep research into the backgrounds of the the people involved with MonaVie.

    If you’re sincere about your desire to know the truth, get away from MonaVie endorsed materials, avoid papers published by companies on MonaVie’s payroll or done by Monarch Health Sciences, or subsidiaries thereof.

    Much of that work has been done for you already. If you can keep an open mind, and be objective, and sincerely take the time needed to do due diligence as it should be done, there are over 3200 comments here that cover the faulty science behind MonaVie, the false/misleading comments made by MonaVie, the questionable pasts of the founders of MonaVie, the caliber of kingpins allowed to come into MonaVie at a level the average Joe (sorry Joe) never could, the questionable institutions that so called degrees were obtained from, etc, etc, etc. If you really want to know, you can find the information in the following link. Most people won’t take the time to read the months and months of research that has been done. But if you do, you will be more informed than the average MonaVie distributor.

    http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/monavie-scam-was-my-wife-recruited-sell-snake-oil/comment-page-33/#comment-146512

    You can choose to take the time to be informed, or you can continue to live in the world that MonaVie has created for you to see.

  21. John L permalink
    August 28, 2009 12:46 pm

    Candace
    Thanks for the link. I looked at a lot of the stuff and there is positive and negative. However, some of the negative stuff is again dealing with the MLM side or the guys that roll from one MLM to the next, the price etc. etc. I can’t argue that down. No one can, they are just opinions. Like I said before, I only make a few bucks at this. I’m not one of the folks that pressures people. All the complaints I read could be said of the insurance industry (which I’m in) or politics or fast food or anything. I could find fault with much of what you do personally as well if I looked in your cabinets or in your medicine chest. I tried it, I liked it, and I would buy it regardless of whether I made anything off it. I don’t pay $40 a bottle, I buy 12 cases at a time and pay under $20 and I enjoy it. I hope all the crap methods of sharing, the claims, etc are crushed. I have filed complaints on people myself with corporate when I see them doing anthing that is not allowed. We all indulge (e.g. Starbucks) in something. I enjoy this and intend to drink it until I find something that can replace the convience and quality of this product.

    Thanks again for taking the time. This has been a good interaction.

    John

  22. Candace permalink
    August 28, 2009 1:11 pm

    John, I am glad you feel this has been a good interaction.

    However, it appears that you have missed the point. There is much conversation, and some heated debate over at LazyMan’s blog. If you can wade through that, there is SO MUCH factual data that has been gathered that debunks the AIMBR study, shows AIMBRS connections with MonaVie, and delves deeper into the science that is sadly lacking in MonaVie’s juice.

    Here is an example of the type of information you are missing out on:

    ““Superjuices” don’t come close when comparing costs for antioxidants. Example: A day’s serving of MonaVie (4 oz.) is $7.20 ($45/bottle) or as low as $3.20 a day (at $20 – distributor’s cost) A single Delicious Red Apple costs about $0.75

    For MonaVie,that gives you a ORAC of 2,698 umoles (29.57 ml per oz times 4 oz.times 22.81 according to AIBMR). That also gives you a total phenolics (all antioxidants) for the day, of 175 mg. for 4 oz.

    The 22.81 ORAC and 1.48 mg phenolics are from the MonaVie-sponsored study by AIBMR Life Sciences.

    Now compare it to a SINGLE Red Delicious Apple. Average weight 150 gms.
    Total ORAC per apple: 6,413 umoles. (42.75 umoles times 150 gms)
    Total phenolics (total antioxidants): 520 mg per apple. Apple data from USDA ORAC Table of Selected Foods – 2007

    SUMMARY: ORAC: MonaVie 2,698 Apple 6,413
    PHENOLICS: MonaVie 175 mg Apple 520 mg
    COST: MonaVie $3.20 to $7.20 per day Apple $0.75/day

    Scientific post is a repost of Food Tech’s info found here:
    http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/monavie-scam-was-my-wife-recruited-sell-snake-oil/#comments

    I am not trying to convince you of anything one way or the other. That is something you should come to on your own. But you did make comments that are not true, and you still believe they are.

    Again, Monavie is NOT all natural.
    When you add a preservative, it can’t be all natural, and there are at least 2 preservatives in MonaVie, not just one. This has been discussed at length by people with the credentials to know on the site I’ve referenced for you.

    Dr. Schauss has gotten in trouble before for falsifying his credentials. Again, you will find that on the website I linked you to.

    Now, ask yourself….do you really want to find the truth, or are you happy in the place you are? And if so, 5 years from now, will you wish you’d taken a few days or weeks to research everything you could find before you brought your friends and family members on board with you?

    Thank you for the civil discussion.

  23. August 28, 2009 1:39 pm

    John L – Thank you for your comments on this site; you’re one of the few reasonable MonaVie distributors that I’ve come across so far.

    I don’t have a problem so as long as you’re not spreading false health claims or raising people’s hopes about MonaVie being a miracle drink.

    Personally, I don’t feel MonaVie juice is worth $20, let alone $40, but I respect your decision to think otherwise.

  24. Irv permalink
    August 29, 2009 3:03 pm

    John, thanks for posting the ID number, although, according to you company’s policies and procedures, you should be posting it without having to be asked to do so. So from what I can gather, you are a silver executive in NorCal. Please correct me if I’m wrong there, but a Silver Exec is listed in the Monavie IDS as making about 30K per year. That’s quite a bit different than what you claimed above, i.e., “I only make about $50 a week in Mona Vie, just enough to drink for free. I make that off of others that drink it for themselves as well.” BTW, are you related in any way to distributor Eileen Lightfoot and Black Diamond Express? If I were to call a couple of the people in your downline, like Caron Dunbar or Erin Icenhour, will I find any other interesting details?

  25. FreeFromQ* permalink
    September 1, 2009 2:32 pm

    Well, I still don’t see the “50% of all households will be in MLM” stat yet.

    To clarify – I have heard urban legend that bandied about for over 30 years that MLM will take over as how goods will be distributed in the USA.

    I know in my nieghborhood (54 homes) there are two Avon ladies, maybe some others became a distributor of some MLM to get products – I certainly don’t consider a customer of an MLM to be “in”, as trying to build an income stream.

  26. Alan Ford permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:38 pm

    OK,

    I’ve read a lot here, and to any Monavie participant here that was dumb enough to join, I can tell you that this company is a one big scam and Brig Hart is bull****. He owns R3Global, a company that prints and prepares all brochures and marketing materials. Black Diamond? Absolutely not, the company itself partnered up with him. He doesn’t sell anything. They only thing he sells is his promotional materials, T-shirts, seminars, etc… – all to get the money from the members – that’s the only way he can do it. Don’t believe me?

    Go to this link:

    http://sunbiz.org/corinam.html

    (This is the search bar of the Florida Corporate Database). Reason being is he is from Florida. He now moved to my state, California to bring his bull**** here. Type in R3Global (no spaces) in the search bar.

    The second record will be this:

    http://sunbiz.org/scripts/cordet.exe?action=DETFIL&inq_doc_number=L08000115526&inq_came_from=NAMFWD&cor_web_names_seq_number=0000&names_name_ind=N&names_cor_number=&names_name_seq=&names_name_ind=&names_comp_name=R3GLOBAL&names_filing_type=

    R3Global Holdings, LLC – Owner is “John B. Hart” (B for Brig). Title Manager, is his wife, Lita.

    I think this speaks for itself.

    Now, the product itself. I speak to a ton of people daily. These people go – “This stuff makes me feel better, my pain in my joints went away”.

    Try this:

    http://npros.blogspot.com/2009/02/monavie-named-in-multi-billion-dollar.html

    Saturday, February 14, 2009
    MonaVie Named in Multi Billion Dollar Lawsuit
    Source: Salt Lake Tribune

    “A California company has filed a $2.75 billion lawsuit against MonaVie, alleging the South Jordan nutritional products company falsely advertised that its products contained a proprietary remedy.

    San Diego-based Imagenetix Inc. contends MonaVie engaged in a “scheme and conspiracy” by claiming its products contained Celadrin, an ingredient in remedies marketed by Imagenetix that are designed to ease arthritis pain, joint inflammation and promote joint health. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego, names MonaVie founder and president Dallin Larsen, other executives, distributors and employees, and related business entities. Calls seeking comment were not returned by Larsen or attorneys representing Imagenetix. Imagenetix is seeking a jury trial and has asked the court to bar MonaVie from making future claims regarding Celadrin. ”

    Now, the company states that it is all natural – contains 19 juices. If it is all natural, then why do I have bloody diarrhea after drinking it the product for 2 days? And, I am not the only one. If you do a Google Search for “Monavie Diarrhea”, you will find a ton of people who have the same reaction. Now, here is a silly question, when you guys go to the store and buy oranges or apples, do you have problems with going to the bathroom unless the fruit is rotten? I don’t think so….

    And, after I requested my “upline” to take me out of autoship, basically to stop charging me $145 every month, automatically out of my credit card and sending me more bottles, due to this reaction my body had, the company still charged me. Keep in mind, that in order to make money, you have to stay on autoship.

    Don’t get me started on the other BS that I’ve encountered, but I think there was enough said here to warrant the unethical business practices set in forth here.

    Better Business Bureau profile is as follows:

    http://www.bbb.org/utah/business-reviews/multi-level-marketing-companies/monavie-in-south-jordan-ut-21000953

    C grade, with 49 complaints in the last 3 years, and quite a few of these have to do with Billing and Exchange Issues.

    I am extremely disappointed with this company because I personally wanted to make this work. The people that enrolled me only care about making money for themselves, therefore I would not recommend this firm for anyone to get involved in. Save your money and invest it in something more viable in your life.

  27. Suzanne permalink
    November 22, 2009 1:46 pm

    I too am in Monavie (TEAM/Monavie) and have had great/amazing life style changes with 4 oz of this produt daily!
    I am an RN as well and have no problems with Monavie promotion. The many people that I have turned on to this product, have ALL had remarkable results.
    Check out http://www.inc.com-they are rated #1
    in food and beverage!
    For me it is not just about the money, but the fact that this functional fruit beverage has helped so many people. If your in it ONLY for the money, you are in this MLM for ALL the wrong reasons. I saw Dr. Alex Schauss speak in Feb 2009 and have read his book.
    Go Monavie!!
    http://www.the-team.biz.
    Drink it, Feel it, Share it…..FUN, FUN

  28. March 5, 2011 4:43 pm

    These guys don’t have enough money to even begin negotiating with Oprah Winfrey to pay her off. That comment is a big jokey joke.

    Do things with integrity and stop capitalizing on ‘celebrities’.

    There are loads of internet marketing companies online that use Bill Clinton, Warren Buffett and Donald Trump.

    Because these guys publicly state their support for network marketing in general, some internet marketing companies along with their distributors don’t have a problem using their name, their face and their quotes on their website while misleading the masses.

    Here we are again!

    God Bless
    Faith Sloan, Owner,BYC http://buildyourchannel.com

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