The case could be called Amway versus the Internet, or some might argue, Amway versus free speech.
The Ada Township-based multi-level marketing giant this week filed a sweeping suit in Ottawa County Circuit Court against 30 people classified as John Does for disparaging the company in blogs, online forums and YouTube videos.
Amway always was a class act, wasn’t it?
I feel bad when I criticize Amway, because West Michigan is littered with philanthropic works from the founders, which is great. But I wouldn’t want my worst enemy sucked into being one of their lowly “distributors” trying to sell products nobody wants for the benefit of the dozen people above them on the supply line, each of whose sole contribution was sucking the next one into the business. I understand that technically, legally speaking, they are not a “pyramid scheme” but the comparison is sure hard to avoid.
Amway and Blackwater. West Michigan’s sure contributed some winners to the corporate world, hasn’t it?