Oprah Sues MonaVie


MonaVie distributors are spreading a rumor that Oprah endorses Acai and MonaVie. She may have had a guest that hyped acai on the show once, but MonaVie and acai are surely not something she stands behind. How do I know?

Oprah clearly lists on her site:

Consumers should be aware that neither Oprah Winfrey nor Dr. Oz are associated with nor do they endorse any açaí berry product, company or online solicitation of such products, including MonaVie juice products. Attorneys for Harpo are pursuing companies that claim such an affiliation.

This is a comment that specifically calls out MonaVie and MonaVie distributors. From the date you can see it goes back to January and there are 750 comments (as of 8/22/09), most about how people got scammed by acai products.

It can’t get any more straight-forward than that… or can it?

Oprah announced yesterday that she is suing three Utah companies one of which is MonaVie.

“We know that thousands of people have been misled by these marketing practices,” said Marc Rachman, the attorney for Oz and Winfrey and companies that manage their images and trademarks, on Friday. “Oprah.com has received e-mail in the thousands from people who believe Oprah and Dr. Oz are affiliated with these products and have endorsed them when they haven’t.”

What is MonaVie’s defense?

A top official at Monavie said Friday it was mistakenly put on the list of “Internet scammers” who trade on the reputation of the açai as a health-promoting berry the company makes into a drink product. CFO Devin Thorpe said the company did not promote free trials of products, had a liberal money-back policy and did not say or imply that Winfrey or Oz had endorsed the Monavie açai-based juice.

“We really feel like we’re the victims of these Internet scammers every bit as much as Oprah is a victim of them,” said Thorpe. “Monavie really created the açai business in the United States … And it’s really [Internet scammers] trading on our good name.”

If that’s the case why are there so many comments in the Lazy Man MonaVie Scam comment archives about Oprah endorsing MonaVie? It sounds like MonaVie is profiting from the “Internet scammers.”

Originally posted 2009-08-22 06:14:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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319 Responses to “Oprah Sues MonaVie”
  1. Jim Says:

    Hi Eric,

    Good luck with your music career. You quoted Robert Kiyosaki a few times above. Please read the article MonaVieScam linked above. There is quite a bit of info there and I’d be interested in your thoughts.

    I’ve read Rich Dad Poor Dad, and in my opinion it was the worst book I’ve ever read on the topic of finances. I was appauled reading it, fearing for anyone who might possibly take it seriously and unfortunately it appears many people have. This book is not just wrong, it’s dangerous.

    After finishing, I thought to myself, “self.. surely someone else must have read this and exposed the obvious flaws”. With a quick Google search I found this resource which thoroughly investigates both the author, the premise and the financial teachings. I thought it was spot on and I would recommend you understand some of the problems and dangers of taking this book as truth,or using it for guidance.

    Finally, the CBC, did an investigative report on Kiyosaki which I think you would agree is very disturbing. It is linked in the article MVS pointed to you, but here it is again in case you didn’t watch it. If you still want to follow the teachings of this man, well at least we tried.

  2. MadScientistMatt Says:

    Eric, you placed the cash flow from MonaVie in the wrong spot on Kyosaki’s quadrant. It doesn’t belong in any of the four squares, since your net cash flow is flowing in the wrong direction.

  3. Norskegal Says:

    How can fruit juice be a scam? MonaVie is 100% fruit juice. Yes it is $45 a bottle but break it down – 2 ounces of MonaVie gives you about 7 servings of wild grown fruit (meaning without chemicals). The FDA recommends getting 7-13 servings daily – you would be hard pressed to go to a grocery store and buy the equivalent amount of fruit for the same price. MonaVie doesn’t cure anything but you are getting good nutrition and when your body gets the tools it needs (i.e. proper nutrition) it will often be able to heal itself.

  4. MonaVie Scam Says:


    You should read more articles on this site. You are uninformed.

    Drinking MonaVie is Not Equal to Eating 13 Fruits
    4 Ounces of MonaVie is 1 Serving of Fruit (I actually have to change that as the guidelines now say that it is equal to half a serving of fruit.)
    MonaVie vs. an Apple
    Men’s Journal Proves MonaVie Lacks Nutrition

    Now you know that you aren’t getting 7 servings of fruit from 2 ounces of MonaVie and that it lacks nutrition. Now you can clearly see how fruit juice can be a scam.

  5. Ashley Says:

    Ignoring the fact that you were wrong about the nutritional value of the juice the scam is where they force you to basically buy it in bulk and you are encouraged to force your friends to do the same. I’ve tried the whole nasty process that they push you into and it isn’t as pretty and natural as you are trying to sell.

  6. humiliated Says:

    Norskegal, I would like to ask you where you got this information about Monavie being equivalent to 7 servings of “wild” fruit? Did you just hear this from your up-line or from the MV website? If you heard it from your up-line, are they qualified health professionals? If you got it from MonaVie Corporate, can you direct me to the part of their website that says that?

  7. UBUUBU Says:

    I might as well walk into a chemical lab, and start drinking all those ingredients that I cannot read. And do I see PRESERVATIVE??

    Ingredients for MonaVie MX @ $44 a bottle:

    odium, Potassium, Total Carbohydrate, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin E , Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Pantothenic Acid, Proprietary açai complex AçaVie® (açai and juçara freeze-dried powder and puree, Enlivenox® [açai concentrate]), reconstituted fruit juice blend (Acerola, apple, pear, grape, blueberry, raspberry, prune, strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate, kiwi, cherry, maqui), fruit puree blend (pear, cupuaçu, banana, camu camu, jabuticaba), proprietary carotenoid vegetable blend (carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, red pepper, reishi mushroom, beta-carotene, purple sweet potato, purple corn, purple carrot, beet, rhubarb, tomato, red cabbage, lycopene, lutein), red palm oil, flaxseed oil, soy lecithin, digestive resistant maltodextrin (dietary fiber), d-glucosamine hydrochloride, citric acid, Wellmune® (baker’s yeast beta-glucan), natural flavor, vitamin E (acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol), d-calcium patothenate, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, cyanocobalamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, beta-cyclodextrin, gamma-cyclodextrin, cellulose gum, sodium benzoate (preservative).

  8. UBUUBU Says:

    This juice is nothing but artificial.

  9. CGC Says:

    Yes UBUUBU, but it’s patented — patently artificial.

    You seem to have cut off the beginning of the ingredient list, can you re-post it?

  10. Just Saying Says:

    Fist off no one forces anyone to do anything! If you want it, buy it if you don’t then don’t. You can buy by the bottle you can do whatever you want again NO ONE forces anyone to do anything! Second if it works for you cool great that’s awesome if it dosent then sorry that’s a chance you take just like taking vitamins,herbs,dietary supplements, eating right. Some things works for certain people some don’t. I use to take vitamins all the time and received no results and no with this I feel better. So whatever who are we to judge people who take it and who are we to judge those who won’t or refuse. My only concern is for me and my family, with this said maybe you all who are bashing this product should take a step back and look at everything that’s out there in the media and how controversial it all is, WE ALL ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE OUR OWN OPINION!

  11. MonaVie Scam Says:

    They don’t force you to do anything, but they lie and misrepresent the truth leading to people to make poor decisions. Most people don’t even buy the product because they want to. If they did want the product they’d buy it off of Ebay where it is much cheaper. Instead people buy the product because they are forced to (yes, that’s the accurate word) if they want to “successfully work the business” (as they have been told.)

    You are allowed to your own opinion, but since I’ve provided irrefutable evidence supported by reputable third parties that MonaVie is a grossly overpriced product, with little nutritional value, wrapped in a poor business opportunity that may be an illegal pyramid scheme, which is itself wrapped in illegal medical claims, supported by nonsensical “scientific” studies, and tied to a fraudulent charity, your opinion frankly doesn’t make sense. It is like having an opinion that the world is flat.

  12. Mackwiz Says:

    Couldn’t resist…

    “Fist (sic) off no one forces anyone to come to this site! If you want to, view it if you don’t then don’t. You can view by individual articles you can do whatever you want again NO ONE forces anyone to do anything! Second if it makes sense for you cool great that’s awesome if it dosent then sorry that’s a chance you take just like websites with articles arguing a point. Rational arguments and common sense works for certain people some don’t. I use to read rich dad poor dad all the time and get baptized by monavie black diamonds and received no results and now with this site I feel better. So whatever who are we to judge people who read this site and who are we to judge those who won’t or refuse. My only concern is for me and my family, with this said maybe you all who are bashing this site should take a step back and look at everything that’s out there in the media and how controversial it all is, WE ALL ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE OUR OWN OPINION!”

    Just saying is all…

  13. UBUUBU Says:

    to CGC:
    It is only missing the “S” to Sodium.
    That’s all the ingredients.

    I wouldn’t want to pay $40 for juices with those ingredients. I would rather pay more for freshly made all natural juice. But that is just me.

  14. humiliated Says:

    Mackwiz…well said except I am a little concerned about your “run on” sentences and lack of punctuation. Clean it up, would ya? ;)

    Dear “Just Saying”, I don’t know how long you have been involved with Monavie but after my tenure with them, I found those to be involved (far & wide) to be the “judge-ee-ist” people I have ever had the misfortune of knowing. It is NOT just about buying the “juice” or not. It is about going to every meeting, dragging your unwilling friends and family there, going to ridiculously expensive, bible thumping conventions. It is about spending any moment you have when you are not at work “cultivating” your business and ignoring your family. After spending months and months doing this and watching your friends and family throw their money away on fruit punch, you wise up and decide to “quit” drinking the kool aide and like magic, you never hear from your “friends” again. These ‘friends’ only hang out with other Monavites because these are the “chosen ones”, everyone else is beneath them and will never achieve greatness because of their juiceless mediocrity. See, that doesn’t happen when I drink v-8.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion but when it comes to discussing the alleged nutritional benefits of the fruit punch, you need to educate yourself. This is when opinion turns into FACT and it has been proven that Monavie provides very little in the way of nutrition. You need to read these articles and talk to independant third parties that hold advanced science degrees (as I did) because I was being sold on the “junk science” that Monavie Corporate was spooning out to their “followers”.

    If you do this, I am sure that your “opinion” will change.

    Just sayin’

  15. Mthir Says:

    The only people who care what other people want to drink must be very lonely people, or liberals. WHO CARES IF A PERSON WANTS TO FEEL BETTER BY DRINKING MONAVIE JUICE, IT’S NONE OF YOUR [email protected] BUISNESS!!!!!!!!! DON’T JOIN MONAVIE IF YOU DONT LIKE IT, AND SHUT THE [email protected] UP!!!!!!!!!

  16. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Who cares what I write on my website Mthir, it’s none of your business. If you don’t like it, go read another website ;-).

  17. Pamela Collie Says:

    Hi everyone I saw the preservative and other non essential ingredients in acai with Mona vie. Sadly, and with common sense I did wonder why. You see Flavon grows their own organic veg and fruit and uses filter water and vacuum packs the product. No preservatives. No coloured glass packaging. No added fruit concerntrate. Acai is in flavon and I know the health benefits to my skin, nails and hair. However, the buisness is slow as people wont pay thirty pounds a jar or one pound a day here in the UK but they will buy energy drinks with rubbish in it. Sadly, a passive income is what the rich live on while the rest of us work hard and get taxed. To get healthy is expensive. Flavon won a gold award for its ingredients. I’ll stick to a slow buisness. Pam

  18. MonaVie Scam Says:

    There is a lot more wrong with MonaVie than just a preservative. It isn’t expensive to get healthy.

    Who gave Flavon a gold award? If I give it a poop award does it balance it out?

  19. Chris Goldthorpe Says:

    I am a former Monavie distributor who got into a different MLM and I am generally rather anti MLM.
    I am doing research.

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