The past couple of years haven’t been easy for Sister Wives star Meri Brown. Not only did she divorce her husband, Kody, so he could legally marry one of his younger wives, but it was then discovered that Meri was secretly communicating with another man — later revealed to be a woman “Catfishing” the mother-of-one.
And now, her professional life has taken a hit too; last year, Meri, 45, became an “independent fashion consultant” for LuLaRoe, which operates as a multi-level marketing company selling leggings. Today, Meri is among the brand’s top 100 sellers nationwide — but her success has been plagued with some bad news, as In Touch has learned the company (which is estimated to be a $1 billion business) is involved in four class-action lawsuits.
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In one lawuit, someone is arguing that the company’s videos “specifically target vulnerable stay-at-home mothers” and aims to expand its business through exploitation. In another lawsuit filed in May, it’s being argued that the company — which requires women to shell out up to $9,000 as part of an “onboard package” — focuses its business model “on recruiting more fashion consultants and selling more onboard packages, rather than catering to the voices of the consumers they do not sell directly to.”
Irish music blasting through the house, wearing my green, proud of my #Irish heritage! Happy St Patrick's Day! #LuLaRoeLeggings #LuLaRoePerfectTee #LuLaRoeMonroe #LivingMyWhy A post shared by Meri Brown (@lularoemeribrown) on Mar 17, 2017 at 9:54am PDT
Irish music blasting through the house, wearing my green, proud of my #Irish heritage! Happy St Patrick's Day! #LuLaRoeLeggings #LuLaRoePerfectTee #LuLaRoeMonroe #LivingMyWhy
A post shared by Meri Brown (@lularoemeribrown) on Mar 17, 2017 at 9:54am PDT
So far, Meri — who previously called her role as a LuLaRoe consultant “a blessing and a game-changer” has stayed silent on the lawsuits and their allegations. But the company defended their products and their business model, telling In Touch they believe “these allegations are completely without merit,” adding that they plan to dismiss or oppose all four cases.
“[LuLaRoe] maintains industry-leading practices and stands by the quality and craftsmanship of our apparel products, including our leggings,” the company told In Touch. “Our products go through at least three levels of quality control review, exceeding the industry standard.”
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