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Herbalife Top Distributors Lose Arbitration Bid

Top distributors of the sometimes controversial nutrition products marketer Herbalife lost their bid to compel arbitration of RICO and related claims made by lower-level distributors in Lavigne v. Herbalife, Ltd., 2020 WL 4342671 (11th Cir. July 29, 2020), which affirmed the order of a Florida district court. The top distributors, alleged to be part of Herbalife’s “Circle of Success,”...

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold—Eleventh Circuit Affirms Injunction and Restitution Award Against Unregistered Traders in Metals Futures

In U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Southern Trust Metals, Inc., 2018 WL 493116 (11th Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed an injunction and (most of) a restitution award against two companies and their principal for unregistered trading in metals futures. Southern Trust told its customers that it would invest their money in precious metals, and could also...

Kardashians Left Blushing, Can’t Compel Arbitration in Makeup Case

Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian will find themselves back in court after the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the denial of their motion to compel arbitration in Kroma Makeup EU, LLC v. Boldface Licensing + Branding, Inc., No. 15-15060 (11th Cir. Jan. 18, 2017). The Kardashians sought to enforce an arbitration clause against a party to the underlying contract despite the fact that...