In a nearly yearlong lawsuit between two Utah County-based multilevel
marketing companies, a federal judge recently ordered one company to
turn over confidential documents it had on the other.However, U.S. District Judge Bruce S. Jenkins, in an order filed Feb.
11 in Salt Lake City, declined to grant Neways Inc. all of its
injunction requests against Sisel International, including an order to
stop two Sisel distributors from luring away Neways distributors in
Jenkins wrote the 23-page order after an eight-day hearing. Neways,
based in Springville, sought injunctions against Sisel, based in Salem,
and its distributors as part of a suit filed in May 2007 over
competition between the two companies. A trial date has not been
Neways sells a variety of nutritional, personal care and household
products through networks and hierarchies of “distributors,” called
Thomas Mower Sr. and former wife Dee Mower founded Neways in 1992, but
the couple was forced to sell the company during divorce proceedings to
Dutch company Golden Gate Capital. Thomas Mower began Sisel in 2005.
Sisel also sells nutritional and personal-care products, according to
the judge’s order.