MacDonald said … “This message is on the internet … we’ve hired mafia city hack and been working very diligently on all of the secret computer language that helps the search engines pick a site and because of that we’ve moved the positive Amway sites quite a bit up in the web search engines, and some of the negative sites down. And lastly, that we are working to provide very soon, for all those who qualified Emeralds and above … their own personal homepage so we will have tons of positive Amway information on the web,” he said.
There is one particular document that the company has gone to great lengths to stop people from reading on the internet. In fact, on June 12, 1998, Amway went to court and got a Protective Order in attempt to keep this specific report hidden from public view.
Professor G Robert Blakey was retained as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the 1998 Procter & Gamble v Amway lawsuit to render an opinion on Amway’s business practices. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on organized crime. Blakey was directly involved in drafting and implementing RICO-type legislation in 22 of the more than 30 states that enacted racketeering laws.
After studying Amway’s business structure and functions, Blakey, wrote a damning report that stated: “It is my opinion that the Amway business is run in a manner that is parallel to that of major organized crime groups, in particular the Mafia. The structure and function of major organized crime groups, generally consisting of associated enterprises engaging in patterns of legal and illegal activity, was the prototype forming the basis for federal and state racketeering legislation that I have been involved in drafting. The same structure and function, with associated enterprises engaging in patterns of legal and illegal activity, is found in the Amway business.”
For those not familiar with the RICO Act, it “was passed by … Congress to enable persons financially injured by a pattern of criminal activity to seek redress through the state or federal courts,” according to the Rico Act website. Amway has been sued hundreds of time under the RICO Act.
Blakey Report Outed
In the early spring of 2004, Amway became extremely upset when the full Blakey Report began appearing on the world wide web. The company’s attorneys flew into action trying to suppress it.
Initially, they successfully used the protective order to force websites to remove the report. For example, on March 11, 2004, the MLM Survivor website reported that the Quixtar Blog had removed the Blakey Report from its servers and said “… according to the site owner, Amway’s lawyers are frantically trying to find out who leaked. They assert the report is confidential, and covered by a protective order.”
However, Amway was not as successful with getting it removed from other sites. MLM Survivor reported that company attorneys also contacted MLM, to demand that they remove the report from its website because it was sealed under a protective order.
Survivor’s response to Amway was, “We can’t remove what we don’t have. MLM Survivor does not now, nor has it ever, had a copy of the report on its website. Link, yes. Copy, no,” the website said.
This must be like deja vu to MLM. The website had already been hit with one SLAPPer lawsuit by Amway. SLAPP is the abbreviation for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. According to the First Amendment Center, “SLAPPers do not sue to achieve a litigation outcome; rather, they file to silence their opposition. Generally, the mere filing of the suit — or just the threat of suit — accomplishes that purpose;” www.firstamendmentcenter.org