Herbalife is once again going on a public relations offensive with a major advertising campaign reportedly hitting radio, TV, print and online outlets as early as Wednesday.
FOX News Senior Correspondent Charlie Gasparino reports on FOX Business Network that the supplement maker is crafting a “seven-figure” campaign aimed at changing the narrative around the company as it continues to push back against short seller Bill Ackman and his Pershing Square firm. On Monday’s Countdown to the Closing Bell, Gasparino told host Liz Claman the buy will initially focus on the Los Angeles and Miami markets, potentially including spots during the NCAA March Madness tournament.
The report comes a week after a Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit by Herbalife shareholders, who claimed they lost money because the company is operating a pyramid scheme. The lawsuit echoed many of the allegations brought against Herbalife by activist investor Ackman in his two-year campaign to discredit the company as an illegitimate business that victimizes its salespeople.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer ruled that the “plaintiffs did not show that accusations by activist investor Bill Ackman proved fraud by Herbalife,” AP reports. Finding no evidence of misrepresentation on Herbalife’s part, the judge dismissed the allegation that the company caused its shareholders to suffer losses.
“Herbalife welcomes the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to dismiss the case,” the company stated in response to the ruling. “As we have consistently stated, we are confident in the strong fundamentals of our business model and remain committed to helping people and communities improve their nutrition.”
The LA-based nutrition company has seen its stock price climb more than 40 percent in March.