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This Wednesday, May 11, 2016, photo shows the exterior of Herbalife's corporate office in Los Angeles. Federal regulators have closed an investigation of the multinational, nutritional supplements company Herbalife. Though Herbalife was ordered to restructure its U.S. operations and pay a $200 million settlement Friday, July 15, 2016, it avoided being classified by the U.S. as a pyramid scheme. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

350,000 people who worked with Herbalife got paid after John Oliver called them out


The Federal Trade Commission is sending checks to nearly 350,000 people who were previously involved in Herbalife's multi-level marketing business, according to a Tuesday press release.

Last July, Herbalife was required to pay $200 million and fundamentally reshape its business model. It paid people based on how many of its nutrition and personal-care products they had sold, but some accused of it of operating like a pyramid scheme, which prompted an investigation in 2014.

Multilevel Marketing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

WATCH | John Oliver blasted Herbalife in a "Last Week Tonight" segment on multi-level marketing in November. He starts specifically calling out Herbalife at 10:35. 

This is a win for consumers.
Jessica Rich, FTC

The checks were partial refunds for those who ran a Herbalife business between 2009 and 2015 and paid at least $1,000 to Herbalife but got little to nothing in return. Most checks ranged from $100 to $500, and some were more than $9,000, the FTC said. 

It also released guidelines to avoid being caught in another multi-level marketing company.

The FTC broke it down in graphic form.

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