A judge in the UK has dismissed the legal dispute…
Amway can stay in England.
A United Kingdom judge has dismissed government claims against Amway
operations there, saying major reforms last year fixed company faults
that favored selling training materials over products and
The ruling clears Amway UK, a part of Ada-based Alticor Inc., of the
threat of expulsion from one of Amway’s oldest international markets.
In a letter to employees around the
world, Alticor President Doug DeVos and Chairman Steve Van Andel said
the ruling was not a "pop-the-champagne victory."
"This is a reminder that the marketplace and regulators hold us to
the highest standards. We have an obligation to meet those standards –
and we intend to do so," they wrote.
The company has more than 100 employees in the UK and 10,000 distributors.
The judge in the case expressed his belief Amway allowed
"misrepresentations" of its business by independent sellers in years
past and failed to act decisively against the misrepresentations.
The reformed Amway business model, he wrote, is "fully formulated,
comprehensive, open and transparent and capable of effective and
ongoing implementation without supervision."
Spokesman Rob Zeiger said the ruling was a "solid validation" of
reforms implemented by the company in the United States and abroad.