P&G; Files Suit Alleging False Rumors: The action filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City alleges that Randy Haugen, a high-ranking Amway distributor, used Amway’s voice mail system to spread rumors to other distributors in which he linked Procter & Gamble to devil worship. Haugen, of Ogden, Utah, could not be reached for comment. An Amway spokeswoman said Haugen is not an Amway Corp. employee but rather an independent distributor of its products. “Amway Corp. does not condone the spreading of false and malicious rumors against Procter & Gamble or any other company. Despite Amway Corp.'s past efforts to help stop this rumor, unfortunately it appears to have resurfaced,” Amway said. “We have been fighting this outrageous rumor for over 15 years,” said James J. Johnson, senior vice president and general counsel for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble. “Throughout that time, people associated with Amway have played a role.” Amway, of Ada, Mich., is a closely held marketer of beauty and health care products.
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