December 9th, 2015
Field Alert: Important UnFranchise Business Announcement
On November 5, 2015, we wrote to you regarding the departure of Keith Doyle and the Corporate Team’s ongoing efforts to protect the field from any improper behavior. This Field Alert is to update that announcement.
We are very pleased to report that, once again, Market America has prevailed in court. The Honorable Richard Doughton, a North Carolina Superior Court Judge, entered a Preliminary Injunction against Mr. Doyle on December 3rd. Mr. Doyle is prohibited from “acting…on behalf of another network marketing company, including…Javita”; restrained from “soliciting any current or former Market America UnFranchise® Owners on behalf of another network marketing company”; and enjoined from “using…the confidential information of Market America.”
This preliminary injunction does not just apply to Mr. Doyle. It also stops “any persons in active concert or participation” with Doyle. And, significantly, any violation “is punishable by both the civil and criminal contempt powers of [the] Court.”
Judge Doughton specifically found that the non-compete and non-solicitation provisions of Mr. Doyle’s contract with Market America were valid and enforceable. The Court also made a finding that Mr. Doyle “began to act on behalf of another network marketing company…prior to his resignation from Market America” and that Mr. Doyle’s actions “included recruiting Market America independent UnFranchise Owners in violation of the terms of [his contract.]”
This is a momentous decision that strengthens the very foundation of our NMTSS (National Meeting, Training and Seminar System). It ensures our “open” meeting and training system allows the UnFranchise Owners to teach, train and motivate regardless of the lines of sponsorship. This is a victory for Market America and every UFO who is working hard to build their organization the right way.
We want to remind the field to be vigilant and diligent in reporting any of these types of matters to the company. We appreciate all of the UnFranchise Owners in the field for their efforts and support in this matter.
The Corporate Team is fully committed to remaining proactive. Thank you for your continued support. If you’d like to understand more about this type of situation, have a look at my blog post: Market America: Stronger than Ever Before, where I cover the topic in great detail.