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P&G v. Amway

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Houston federal judge Vanessa Gilmore rules P&G's Lanham Act claim that multi-level marketer disparaged Crest toothpaste is barred by Salt Lake City federal judge's earlier decision denying P&G leave to add product disparagement claims in a parallel lawsuit against Amway. In a Jan. 8 opinion, Gilmore also finds remaining P&G claims alleging Amway circulated false rumors that P&G was associated with Satanism are similarly barred by res judicata effect of the Utah court's rulings, which were upheld by a Denver appeals court Jan. 6. P&G says it is "disappointed" in the rulings; Amway says court decisions end P&G's litigation against the company related to the Satanism rumors, with two cases still pending against Amway distributors...

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