In the United States District Court for the Easter District of Texas, U.S. magistrate judge Don D. Bush entered a temporary restraining order stating in part that
". . . defendant, Quixtar, and defendant's respective officers, managers, trustees, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, confederates, and all other persons in active concert or participation with them, are hereby restrained and enjoined immediately from, directly or indirectly:
- Interfering with Plaintiff's Team business support system;
- Sending verbal, written, or electronic communications to business associates and upline or down-line business partners of Plaintiff's related to violations of the rules of conduct, use of Team materials and attendance at Team meetings and conferences, and threats to suspend or terminate any Quixtar distributor's business based on Team materials;
- Terminating or threatening to terminate the distributorships or businesses of Plaintiff's and other IBOs who use Team materials forwarded by Plaintiffs;
- Disparaging the Team approach;
- Taking any adverse action against Plaintiffs pending disposition of this order;
- Refusing to pay any bonus to Plaintiffs that may be due in the ordinary course of business;
- Interfering with or prohibiting, in any way, the operation of the Team as a business support system for Plaintiffs or taking any action to shut down or interfere with the Team's business"
In addition to this ruling on behalf of certain IBOs in Texas, several other Temporary Restraining Order (TRO's) protecting other IBOs have been granted throughout the country, including an additional county in Texas, three counties in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Hampshire.
In Western Michigan's Kent County, a judge issued a court order today that said in part all parties should follow the contractual provisions. Following the contract was never disputed by Orrin and Chris. Interpretation of the judge's order in full detail is still being handled by attorneys. As to Sullivan's opinion he says, "the entry of such an injunction is not a final decision on the merits of this case and shouldn't be interpreted as the Court's opinion as to what the ultimate decision will be."
The TEAM will continue to host meetings and sell materials within the terms of the Quixtar Rules of Conduct. Rule 7.1 and 7.2 states that prospect and IBO plan material needs to be authorized by Quixtar. Out of respect for the Kent County court order, the TEAM will not be selling any such material. All materials not so covered by the Quixtar authorization will still be available.