Saturday, February 14, 2009

USANA ordered to pay for SLAPP violation


"Vitamin maker USANA Health Sciences Inc. must pay a critic of the multilevel marketing industry who was forced to defend himself against a company lawsuit.

Federal Magistrate Samuel Alba decided Wednesday that USANA owes $142,510 in attorney fees to a San Diego investigator, Barry Minkow, and his Fraud Discovery Institute.

Alba's order came after U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled on March 3 that USANA violated California's anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) law for suing Minkow for fair criticism. " : Source Link

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