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June 18, 1995
Re: "Concert Business Awaits the Word on Ticketing Issue" (May 30). Rather than outlaw exclusive contracts between event promoters and ticket distributors, I'd attack the fee arrangements as misleading advertising. It's a "truth in advertising" loophole that lets promoters advertise tickets at less than their actual price by splitting out the difference as a separate fee. As far as actual costs are concerned, I wouldn't be surprised if economies of scale let the distributors distribute tickets for less than it would cost the promoters to handle their own distribution.
June 13, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A California congresswoman asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate allegations that Herbalife Ltd. operates a well-disguised pyramid scheme that victimizes “our country's most vulnerable populations.” Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Cerritos) said in a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez that she was “troubled that this company may be harming consumers,” noting allegations that Herbalife's independent distributors are compensated more for recruiting new distributors than for sales.
December 13, 1992
While James Bates wrote a balanced column ("Footnotes," Dec. 7) about my multilevel marketing business, he made one serious slip of the word that unfairly indicted my company. When he wrote, "Omnitrition is a 'multilevel marketing' company, in which distributors make money when they recruit other distributors," he inadvertently accused us of illegal activity. Not only is the statement absolutely wrong, making money strictly off recruitment, in fact, is against federal law. Omnitrition is a legal company providing part-time and full-time financial opportunities for thousands.
April 25, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Herbalife Ltd., battling a billionaire investor's bet that its stock will tank, is expected to reassure shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday that the Los Angeles nutritional products maker is a strong, healthy, legitimate operation. The meeting at the Beverly Hilton comes amid lingering questions about Herbalife's future. For several months, two activist investors have put the company's core operation at issue. Bill Ackman has bet $1 billion that the company is a pyramid scheme that will fail, and Carl Icahn bought 15% of Herbalife's stock, wagering that its business is legally sound and will withstand Ackman's attack.
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After four years and tens of millions of dollars spent on developing a new channel, WWE Corp. ultimately decided to bet on itself. Its new network, unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas , is not a traditional channel that will be distributed by pay-TV distributors including cable and satellite companies. Instead, it will be an online network that WWE fans can watch if they shell out $9.99 per month. By going the so-called over-the-top or OTT route, WWE is bypassing launching a network that would likely have been a slam dunk with distributors.
November 26, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Fifty years after its founders started doing business from a tent in the Avenue area of west Ventura, magazine distributor Schulze News Co. will close on Jan. 24. On Friday, company President Dave Schulze, 53, called the nearly 30 employees together at the headquarters on Palma Drive in Ventura to break the news. He cited competition among distributors as the reason for the closure. He said Schulze News Co.
December 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Looking to bring an end to channels going dark as a result of contract disputes between broadcasters and pay-TV distributors, two lawmakers are proposing legislation that could radically alter the media landscape. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, both California Democrats, on Thursday introduced the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act, which was praised by pay-TV distributors and criticized by broadcasters. "My bill would put an end to broadcast television blackouts and ensure consumers aren't held hostage by a dispute they have no control over," said Eshoo, who is ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
January 10, 2013 | Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- The investor presentation featured protein shakes and granola bars, entreaties for more hugs in the world, and accusations of lies and snobbery, all to counter a $1-billion bet that Herbalife, the Southern California company, will soon go down the tubes. Who says Wall Street is more boring these days? The presentation was the latest move in a battle between Herbalife, which sells nutrition powders, bars and vitamins through a network of individual distributors, and Bill Ackman, founder and chief of Pershing Square Capital Management.
February 3, 2002 | GORDON STEEL as told to Dana Harris, Gordon Steel is founder and president of The Steel Co. Dana Harris is a film reporter for Variety and Daily Variety
There's a movie called "Memento" that tells the fractured story of a man who can't recognize his own life; every 15 minutes, his memory is erased and he must reestablish his world all over again. Critics praised the film for its unique narrative, but they're wrong. Fourteen years ago, it could have been my autobiography. My doctors never figured out exactly how I contracted the disease, but as best as anyone can tell, I was bitten by a mosquito in 1988 and nearly died.
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