Stream Energy Class Action Suit Dismissal Upheld in Georgia

The U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, has upheld the dismissal of a federal RICO lawsuit filed in Georgia against Steam Energy and its marketing arm, Ignite. The lawsuit claimed Ignite’s sales methods were a pyramid scheme.

The decision supports a previous ruling from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division, upholding the existing agreements with Ignite’s associates to mandatorily resolve disputes in an arbitration setting.

The original lawsuit was filed on behalf of a purported class in October, 2009. It was a “copycat” action that followed an almost-identical lawsuit in Texas filed several months earlier. While the Texas lawsuit was dismissed by the Federal District Court at Houston in November 2009, the dismissal is currently under review by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

State Bar Honors Steve Richards for Volunteer Work

The Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners has selected Steve Richards as a winner of the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards for performing exceptional volunteer legal work.

Steve was nominated by the Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) program for his volunteer work helping children. 

The award is scheduled to be presented to Steve on November 19 at the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation  annual Resolution Meeting in Idaho Falls.

MonaVie and Amway Settle Lawsuits

MonaVie and Amway have settle their long-running lawsuits against each other, filing a joint statement to that effect in federal court in Utah.

The two companies had accused each other of making false claims about the other’s company and products.

The legal battle began in 2008, when Amway claimed that MonaVie had used false information about its products and their sales potential to steal away thousands of Amway’s independent distributors. Amway also accused MonaVie of illegally

MonaVie countered both by denying Amway’s claims and charging that Amway was intimidating some former Amway, now Monavie distributors.

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