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Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
12:28pm
Wed Jul 16

Consumer & Immigrant Rights Advocates Submit New Complaints Against Herbalife (VIDEO)

Days before the kick off of the annual Herbalife Extravaganza in Chicago, two former independent distributors from the Chicago area filed new complaints with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, claiming the nutritional products company operates a pyramid scheme that exploits Latino immigrants.

“Herbalife is in Chicago this week for a major conference, where they celebrate what they call their success and what we call a detriment to the Latino economy here in Illinois,” said Omar Duque, CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Duque joined about half-a-dozen other consumer and civil rights advocates on Tuesday to submit the complaints on behalf of the former independent distributors to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago.

The total number of Herbalife complaints submitted to the attorney general’s office reached 20 on Tuesday, according to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the group spearheading the campaign. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
9:11pm
Thu Apr 17

Madigan's Office Investigating Herbalife Pyramid Scheme Allegations

Miguel Calderon thought he was part of the American Dream when he heard about Herbalife. You put your money to work to make more money, he believed. He started with an $11,000 investment, using his savings that he earned while working at Abbott Laboratories.

But every time the Waukegan resident asked why all of his efforts for the nutrition and diet company failed to yield any profits, he was told he needed to invest more. By the time he realized there were no profits to be had, he had invested more than $20,000 in what a Latino advocacy group says is a pyramid scheme that preys on immigrants, in particular.

"Herbalife knows Latinos are easily victimized because they face barriers in language, and culture and legal status,’’ said Julie Contreras, president of the League of Latino American United Citizens of Lake County. “We came out and supported Attorney General Lisa Madigan in her election, now we want to see her support our community.’’ Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
2:51pm
Thu Feb 6

Consumer And Immigrant Rights Advocates Meet With FTC, Lawmakers To Press For Federal Probe Into Herbalife

Consumer and immigrant rights advocates from across the country traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to call for a federal investigation into Herbalife International, Inc., a multi-level marketing company they claim is running an illegal pyramid scheme.

“This is not the American dream,” said 68 year-old Miguel Calderon, who claims he lost more than $22,000 within 18 months of investing in Herbalife in 2008. Read more »

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
3:56pm
Thu Dec 12, 2013

Latinos Call On Illinois Attorney General To Investigate Herbalife (VIDEO)

Two former Herbalife independent distributors called on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to probe the controversial company’s business practices and marketing techniques Wednesday, claiming the company operates a pyramid scheme that exploits Latino immigrants. Progress Illinois took a look at the allegations.