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Christine Richard, President of Orion Research, Affirms Findings on Herbalife Nutrition Clubs

Researcher reiterates that Herbalife continues to spread misinformation, ignoring the overwhelming evidence of the Nutrition Clubs’ misleading business practices

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement by Christine Richard:

On July 22, I presented the findings of months of research conducted by my firm and by others associated with Pershing Square on an Herbalife Nutrition Club training program called Club 100. Among the findings: Club 100 tells distributors that by joining the group they can expect to reach the President's Team level of Herbalife's marketing plan and earn more than $500,000 a year. Club 100 also tells trainees that before they open an Herbalife Nutrition Club they must complete a training program. That program requires trainees and those they enlist to help them complete their certification course to become conscripted consumers at Herbalife Nutrition Clubs. The end result is that much of the consumption in Herbalife Nutrition Clubs is driven by people attempting to qualify to participate in a deceptively promoted business opportunity.

My conclusions are based on extensive primary research, including interviews with Herbalife distributors involved in Nutrition Clubs, and I stand by my characterization of Club 100.”

About Orion Research

Orion Research LLC provides investigative research on public companies and was hired by Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. to gather information on Herbalife and its Nutrition Clubs. Christine Richard, a former reporter with Bloomberg News, winner of seven national reporting awards for investigative articles, and the author of Confidence Game (Wiley 2010), is Founder and President of Orion Research.


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