After a 5 year court battle, Young Living’s $350 million lawsuit against four former executives has been dismissed.
In 2012, Young Living accused David Stirling, Emily Wright, Justin Harrison, and Lillian Shepherd of breaking nonsolicitation agreements in their employment contracts. The four executives went on to found doTERRA, an essential oils multi-level marketing company that directly competes with Young Living. In addition, 13 former Young Living distributors ended up joining doTerra.
The judge in the case cited numerous issues with the lawsuit including:
- The lawsuit was filed 5 years after the incidents in question took place. David and Emily left Young Living in 2007, while Justin and Lillian left in 2008.
- Young Living was unable to coherently explain how the four executives cost Young Living $350 million in revenue.
In a press release, Young Living argued that they weren’t able to tell their full side of the story due to various technicalities inherent in the judicial process.
We believe that we were not successful in this case because of certain technicalities and pretrial rulings. We were unable to tell the full story, as many key claims and pieces of evidence were not allowed into evidence due to the expiration of the statute of limitations and certain court rulings. Plain and simple, the real story of doTERRA’s beginnings and the activities of its founders were not allowed into court, not because the judge or jury determined that doTERRA and its founders did not engage in that activity, but because Young Living simply waited too long under Utah law to bring these particular legal claims.
Predictably, doTERRA believes the justice has been rightly served in this case.
“We are pleased and grateful that the official court record now reflects the true genesis story of doTERRA—one of integrity, rectitude and hope,” said Dave Stirling, founding executive, chairman and CEO of doTERRA. “We are vindicated and look forward to moving past this baseless lawsuit and continuing our mission of sharing the purest essential oils with the world. We hope that Young Living will now move forward with its own business challenges and stop wasting resources on frivolous matters.”