Eric Blomdahl versus Raquel Peters – Not Your Average Quitter – Legitimizing the Critics… with a Lawsuit?
Update January 30, 2012: Contribute to Raquel’s legal fund and help her fend off the frivolous lawsuit by Eric Blomdahl.
Update November 11, 2012: Updated with scans of the legal documents, Case # CV 12 432.
The war of words is escalating between current and former TEAM members. Contrasting Raquel Peter’s and Melanie Morgan’s stories and comments here on this site and on Facebook, we have TEAM/LIFE member Eric Blomdahl posting his side of the story on his personal blog. Blomdahl1 previously wrote about this topic in May, 2012. This time, he has enlisted the support of Raquel’s cousin, Tim Samuels, who provides his own account of the chaotic period of time between Amway/Quixtar and MonaVie. The post is too long to copy here, so go over to Blomdahl’s site to read it.
He said. She said. He said. She said. Repeat.
What continues to be fascinating is that Eric Blomdahl is directly addressing the critics. This is a great development for a number of reasons.
First, it’s clear from both sides that the situation was by no means a simple case of, “Oh, the Peters lost their dream, so they quit the business.” Rather, it was complex firestorm of personality conflicts, political squabbling, and murky (or non-existent) business contracts. This sounds a lot like what happens in a traditional job (something TEAM/LIFE loves to denigrate and poo-poo), doesn’t it? The only difference is that Raquel didn’t have an independent HR person to turn to for help. The nature of MLMs means “conflict resolution” has to go upline, and we all know that the upline isn’t exactly unbiased in the matter.
Second, for years now, MLM proponents such as TEAM/LIFE have consistently labeled critics as nameless, faceless, quitters who have no dream. This was their catch-all argument for dismissing any critique about their business. They — or at least Blomdahl — can no longer lay claim to this argument as more and more people are coming forward publicly with their stories about the TEAM/LIFE business.
Third, by engaging in a debate with critics — even if it’s through a series of back and forth blog posts — Blomdahl is giving the critics legitimacy. Critics serve to point out real problems with most multi-level marketing firms, and TEAM/LIFE is no exception. The indisputable facts that are being presented lately are primarily the words and actions of the TEAM/LIFE leaders themselves. How can a TEAM/LIFE member explain a Round Table member filing for bankruptcy one day and speaking at a Tuesday Open seminar the next day? How can Orrin Woodward talk about all this explosive growth in TEAM MonaVie from 2008-2010 only later to categorize that time as a period of “trials and tribulations?”
It’s clear to me that TEAM/LIFE members needs to conduct “conflict resolution” with themselves. Their words and actions certainly demonstrate there’s a difference between rhetoric and reality.
Update November 8, 2012: Mark and Raquel Peters were served papers yesterday by Eric Blomdahl. First, here’s the quote from Blomdahl hinting at legal action:
The time has come to get this matter behind us once and for all so that everyone involved can get on with their lives and get back to constructive things. I have reviewed all the posts, texts, activities, and documentation regarding Raquel’s activities. And in the process, the number of people who are willing to be personal witnesses is overwhelming. Therefore, I have decided it is time to get an outside, impartial, third-party involved to help resolve this matter. So I wanted each of you to be the first to know that I have turned this matter over to my attorney and we have asked a judge to step in and determine who’s telling the truth.
And here’s Raquel’s comments on being served:
“Yes it is true, I have been served with a complaint by Mr. Blomdahl. Does anyone else believe this is a frivolous lawsuit designed to scare former members of Team from telling their stories? It is my suspicion this was done strategically with the knowledge of Team leaders, to scare me, because important information on the group is getting out to the public. I know the documentation, some already posted by Mr. Blomdahl and the Samuels themselves, will prove Mr Blomdahl WAS given my lesser leg, the Samuels team in Team Profit Sharing which was approved by Orrin Woodward and George Guzzardo and moved to Mr Blomdahls back office, by Team office workers. This was done based on the letter sent to the Team office by the Samuels in summer of 2009. This was a team that Mr. Blomdahl was getting credit for in Team.
With regards to Mr Blomdahls’ ridiculous claims, I and others have only shared our experiences as they happened to us in Team and we believe we have that right. Mark and I believe the accusations in the complaint against us will be found to be groundless. I am sure documentation and the many witnesses to what has transpired on Team will prove the information we/I have shared of our experience with Team and/or Mr. Blomdahl over the years while building his Team, to be truthful. Unfortunately for Mr. Blomdahl, many parts of his blog articles and the Samuels’ contributions are slanderous, groundless and/or downright deceptions. We will be defending ourselves on those attacks with documentation and/or witnesses in the future and I am sure the information we will share will make Mr Blomdahl’s comments look very foolish.
We would guess the ex-Team community will be interested in what has transpired behind the scenes in the Team, Monavie and the Life businesses these past few years. We believe very interesting information and documentation will come out in the discovery process should this go to court. Since the group is secretive about it’s activities in switching lines of sponsorship etc., we hope to be able to share information with other ex-members to help them if needed. Of course we can only do this if we are allowed to by the court.
Mark and I find Mr. Blomdahl’s complaint ridiculous and offensive to ours and everyone’s basic right to freedom of speech! If Mr. Blomdahl really wants to open the can of worms the Team activities have created and make them public knowledge…… he has every right, just as we have a right to share our story and our opinions.
If anyone would like to help with information, or testimony on what happened to you while involved with Team, Team Monavie, or Life please send me your name and phone number to my personal/ private FB page, and I will call you and get your information. As I believe in your right to be anonymous, I want you to be aware when contacting me that Mr Blomdahl’s attorney may want to review all electronic devices, messages etc. that I have, so keep that in mind. Thanks again everyone for your support.
We look forward to the whole truth coming out so we can end this chapter in our lives and move on. 🙂 ”
Update November 11, 2012: Updated with scans of the legal documents, Case # CV 12 432. I have blocked out the addresses of the defendants and plaintiffs in the PDF. Click the link below to download it.
1 Astute readers will recall that Blomdahl was once warned (by then friends and co-workers) that Amway/Quixtar was a pyramid scheme years before he and his TEAM compatriots accused it of being a pyramid scheme.