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Xtreme Green Review 2.0: Eco auto additives with no demand?

About a week ago I received a legal threat from Xtreme Green CEO Lawrence Kahn.
Linked to in Kahn’s letter was our 2014 Xtreme Green review.
Kahn claimed our review was causing Xtreme Green to suffer ” injury from the loss of sales” and that if we didn’t remove our review, we “may be deemed liable” for their losses.
In my response, I pointed out that the statute of limitations had long-since expired in any US jurisdiction.
Not withstanding that our review was written in good faith, date-stamped and accurate as at the time of publication.
I informed Kahn (right) that if Xtreme Green had changed its…

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SpeedFlow Review: Six-tier 2×2 matrix cycler Ponzi

SpeedFlow provide no information on their website about who owns or runs the business.The SpeedFlow website domain (“speedflow.org”) was privately registered on March 16th, 2018.
At the time of publication Alexa estimate Brazil (24%) and Russia (17%) are the two largest sources of traffic to the SpeedFlow website.
A corporate address in Gibraltar is provided on the SpeedFlow website, however further research reveals it to be virtual in nature.
Marketing copy on the SpeedFlow website and in the compensation plan suggest that whoever is running the company is not a native English speaker.
Due to a generous reward, even a lazy person will earn money…

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Jeunesse RICO class-action settlement on the horizon

At the heart of the Jeunesse RICO pyramid lawsuit is the allegation that plaintiffs James Aboltin and Pamela Knight weredeceived by Jeunesse’s misleading business opportunity, falsely believing that it was a legitimate way to earn money.
Currently a proposed class-action, on June 29th Aboltin and Knight requested a stay on the case pending settlement.
Specifics of the proposed settlement have as of yet not been made public.
As per the June 29th Stipulated Motion;
After extensive negotiations between the parties … the Plaintiffs and Defendants have agreed in principle to the material terms of a class-wide settlement of all claims in this case.
The parties now must draft…

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JRJR33 files for bankruptcy, drags Agel and others down with it

JRJR33, owner of Agel and a slew of other MLM companies, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 29th, 2018.At the time of its bankruptcy filing, JRJR33’s mot prominent MLM company still standing was Agel.
Although to what extent Agel has remained viable over the past twelve months is questionable.
Alexa rankings for the Agel website show a sharp decline in activity beginning July, 2017.
Agel’s social media profiles were abandoned a month earlier in June.
BehindMLM reviewed Agel back in 2015 and found a heavy focus on affiliate autoship recruitment.
At the time of publication the Agel website appears to have been taken down.
JRJR33, formerly…

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Rodan + Fields terminates Pool Patrol Paula’s distributorship

There’s been a recent spate of incidents where white people call the cops on black people not breaking the law in the US.Due to the technological age we live in, the altercations, seemingly sparked by race, have been caught on camera.
Last Sunday Stephanie Sebby-Strempel, since dubbed “Pool Patrol Paula”, took it upon herself to confront and assault a black teen at a South Carolina community pool. It didn’t take long for the internet to realize Sebby-Strempel was a Rodan + Fields distributor.
According to the filed incident report, Sebby-Strempel told two black teenagers they “didn’t belong” at the pool. She then called…

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Investview (Kuvera Global) fined $150,000 by CFTC

In an Form 10-K annual report published a few hours ago, Investview has revealed a $150,000 fine by the CFTC.Specific details are sketchy, other than the company ‘received a subpoena from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission‘ in February 2018.
Rather than fight the matter and clear their name, Investview settled for a $150,000 fine. The company also agreed to ‘not to act as an unregistered Commodities Trading Advisor in the future‘.
I was hoping for more specific details from the CFTC, however as at the time of publication the proposed settlement still appears to be pending approval.
As such there’s no formal…

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Jamberry Nails collapses, partially acquired by M.Network

In a textbook example of how to completely screw up communication with your affiliates, Jamberry Nails has finally broken its silence.Without so much as an explanation to affiliates, Jamberry Nails ceased paying affiliates and shipping products.
Jamberry executives even stopped showing up to work and other than rumors of a proposed merger with M.Network, nobody outside of corporate seemed to know what was going on.
Now in an email sent out to Jamberry Nails affiliates, apparently the proposed merger has fallen through. Well, sort of.
For reasons they’re keeping to themselves, Jamberry Nails’ announcement leaves the question of a merger open-ended;
To secure a future…

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MaVie overturns WorldVentures’ Temporary Restraining Order

On June 4th WorldVentures filed a lawsuit against rival MLM companies Ariix and MaVie.In their lawsuit, WorldVentures accused Ariix and MaVie of unfair competition. Based on evidence submitted at the time, WorldVentures’ secured an ex-parte Temporary Restraining Order against both companies.
On June 26th a hearing was held, to determine whether or not WorldVentures’ granted TRO should be converted into a preliminary injunction.
The hearing spanned June 26th and 27th, with an order published a few hours ago.
In response to the granted TRO, defendants MaVie, Advanced Wellness Solutions and Abdelwadoud Barakat filed an emergency motion seeking to dissolve it.
Based on evidence submitted by…

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USFIA Receiver files second clawback suit against Li Zhao (~$370,000)

The second individual subject to clawback litigation in the USFIA case, is Steve Chen’s wife, Li Zhao (aka Jennifer Zhao).Through a number of shell companies, Zhao received and/or benefited from millions of dollars in stolen investor funds.
The primary company used to launder investor funds for the benefit of Zhao was Ally Investors LLC.
Despite opposition from Zhao, the Receiver has so far managed to recover over $3 million from a frozen Ally account in 2015.
In late 2017 Zhao was also stripped of a $2.3 million dollar San Marino, California mansion, paid for entirely with USFIA investor funds.
Now the Receiver is pursuing additional clawback…

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Kuvera Global Review: Investview still flaunting securities in front of SEC

On March 1st, 2018, parent company Investview announced Wealth Generators was changing its name to Kuvera.Wealth Generators began as a stock investment advice opportunity. In late 2017 the company began offering cryptocurrency mining contracts.
Wealth Generators affiliates invested up to $4999 in individual mining contracts, on the promise of an advertised 1200 day ROI.
Investview and Wealth Generators differed from your usual MLM unregistered securities offering, in that Investview is actually registered with the SEC.
Analysis of the company’s required regulatory filings as of December 2017 however, revealed no mention of Wealth Generators’ passive ROI crypto mining offering.
This lead me to conclude that, despite…