Valentus counterclaim alleges raiding, extortion & RICO violations
Yesterday we covered a lawsuit filed by Valentus’ former SlimRoast coffee supplier, alleging they were owed $3.18 million dollars.
In response to the lawsuit Valentus mostly denied the accusations. They also filed a counter-claim of their own, which alleges their former supplier Advanced Laboratories International
engaged in a deliberate and calculated campaign to misappropriate Valentus’ goodwill, raid its distributors, and destroy its business.
Valentus’ counter-claim has also dragged Vitae Global into the fray as a named counter-defendant.
Vitae Global is tied to Advanced Laboratories through owner Louis Volpe. Volpe is a co-founder of Vitae Global, who sell a coffee product (not unlike Valentus’ SlimRoast) supplied by Advanced Laboratories.
According to Valentus’ counterclaim, Advanced Laboratories began supplying them with SlimRoast around March, 2015.
Valentus allege the March, 2016 contract in question Advanced Laboratories’ lawsuit relies on, gave the company ‘until May 2017 to purchase the coffee‘.
The supply contract also stipulated
Advanced Labs was not authorized to manufacture any product in excess of, or in addition to, the product specifically ordered by Valentus.
Valentus claim this agreement was broken and accuse Advanced Laboratories of manufacturing and selling SlimRoast in addition to what Valentus ordered.
Advanced Labs and Louis Volpe have intentionally and secretly manufactured excess SlimROAST for the purpose of selling it at significantly reduced rates both abroad and in the United States to both the consuming public and Valentus’ independent representatives.
Upon information and belief, Advanced Labs and Louis Volpe have used the Italian dark roast coffee in manufacturing the unauthorized SlimROAST.
Valentus allege this was done to undercut their own sales of SlimRoast, diverting business away from the company.
This was done with the aid of former Valentus affiliates, who were part of Vitae Global’s launch earlier this year.
Advanced Labs and Louis Volpe have conspired with a number of former Valentus independent representatives to form and operate a competing
company, Vitae Global, and to market and sell a competing product referred to as “Lean Java Bean.”
Upon information and belief, these former Valentus representatives include, but are not limited to, Jane Gallenero Lee, Steven Michelluci, Angela Foreman, and another entity owned and controlled by Louis Volpe, Team Success, LLC.
Research reveals that in February, 2016, Louis Volpe was a Double Diamond ranked affiliate in Valentus through Team Success LLC.
Valentus claim Volpe and his Team Success conspirators raided Valentus to form their own company.
These parties have conspired to misappropriate Valentus’ business, reputation, and goodwill by
(i) soliciting and raiding Valentus’ network of independent representatives, and recruiting them to join their competing company;
(ii) making false and deceptive claims regarding Valentus and its business;
(iii) inducing Valentus’ representatives to breach their agreements with Valentus;
(iv) continuing to traffic in counterfeit and unauthorized SlimROAST® as a means to undermine Valentus’ business; and
(v) marketing Lean Java Bean solely based on the reputation and goodwill of Valentus and SlimROAST.
This began with the offloading of manufactured SlimRoast in late 2016, for less than half the retail price Valentus was selling it for.
Valentus claim what was being sold was unauthorized product.
Jane Lee is a friend and close business associate of Louis Volpe.
At least as of October 2016, Jane Lee began offering and selling unauthorized SlimROAST in bulk quantities at $28.00 per box (less than half of the Valentus retail price, and less than the price at which Valentus representatives could purchase the product themselves).
Upon information and belief, Advanced Labs and Mr. Volpe manufactured and distributed the unauthorized product to Ms. Lee.
Ms. Lee continued trafficking in large quantities of unauthorized SlimROAST manufactured by Advanced Labs and Louis Volpe.
Steven Michelucci, another associate of Mr. Volpe, has also distributed and sold large quantities of unauthorized SlimROAST in furtherance of the conspiracy.
In or about December 2016 and January 2017, Mr. Michelucci posted on social media that he was selling “large quantities” of SlimROAST, and that he was offering the product at less than ½ the retail price and “much lower than wholesale including shipping!”
In March 2017, Mr. Michelucci confirmed that he has obtained hundreds of boxes of SlimROAST, and is continuing to distribute and sell the product at discounted rates.
Upon information and belief, the Counterclaim Defendants are also trafficking in unauthorized SlimROAST through Team Success.
Whether Advanced Laboratories manufactured excess SlimRoast with Valentus’ unfulfilled order is unclear.
The Counterdefendants have unlawfully sold, or caused to be sold, large quantities of unauthorized and counterfeit SlimROAST to Valentus’ independent representatives and the consuming public.
Valentus allege the affirmative while Advanced Laboratories deny the allegations in full.
In addition to offloading unauthorized SlimRoast, Valentus infer discrediting the company was part of Vitae Global’s launch.
In or about December 2016, Vitae Global and Mr. Volpe held a group sales call to promote Lean Java Bean for the purpose of raiding and cross-recruiting Valentus’ representatives.
Mr. Volpe directly participated in the call.
During the call, Vitae Global also engaged in false and deceptive practices by conveying that Valentus would be going out of business and would be unable to continue paying its representatives.
Vitae Global filed its own answer to the counterclaim on April 21st and also deny Valentus’ allegations.
With respect to the alleged breach of contract, Advanced Laboratories maintain that outstanding payment for the first lot of SlimRoast boxes would be made upon delivery of the second lot of boxes.
Valentus claim Volpe began demanding payment before that took place.
On November 12, 2016, Louis Volpe started sending threatening and extortionate text messages to Mr. Jordan.
Without having any basis to do so, Mr. Volpe demanded that Mr. Jordan immediately purchase a remaining container of Italian dark roast coffee for $356,000, citing the March 2016 agreement.
Mr. Volpe contended that he had surreptitiously recorded telephone conversations with Mr. Jordan, and would release the recordings unless Mr. Jordan immediately made payment.
Mr. Volpe represented that he had recorded one such conversation the prior evening.
Mr. Volpe stated that if Mr. Jordan did not wire the money, he would post the conversations on social media, including “a taped conversation everyone gets to listen too.”
Mr. Volpe claimed there would be hundreds of people on social media talking about the recordings, stating “All on social media,” “You [******] up big time,” and “get the wire made I will go away.”
Mr. Volpe further stated, “I am going to my office now to send you an invoice and if that transfer is not here by Tuesday morning for approx. $356,000 with shipping. Then I am doing what I said I was going to do.”
In contrast to Advanced Laboratories claims, Valentus claim they tried to purchase ‘the remaining Italian dry roast coffee (but) … they refused to sell the coffee‘.
Valentus allege this was because Advanced Laboratories was busy using the coffee to manufacture Vitae Global’s Lean Java Bean product and unauthorized SlimRoast.
Advanced Labs and Volpe then filed the instant suit in bad faith, falsely claiming Valentus breached the March 2016 agreement.
Valentus’ counterclaim accuses Advanced Laboratories, Vitae Global and Louis Volpe of
- attempted extortion (Volpe)
- illegal wiretap or recording (Volpe)
- trademark infringement (all counterdefendants)
- false association/unfair competition (all counterdefendants)
- RICO violations (all counterdefendants)
- trademark counterfeiting (all counterdefendants)
- unfair competition (all counterdefendants)
- intentional interference with contractual relations (all counterdefendants) and
- breach of contract (Advanced Laboratories)
Looking at the original complaint and counterclaim, it seems to me a strong focal point is whether Advanced Laboratories was manufacturing SlimRoast without permission.
If so, then whether that was what former Valentus affiliates (who are now Vitae Global affiliates) and Team Success (which for all intents and purposes is Louis Volpe) were offloading.
Advanced Laboratories claim Valentus informed them they would not be purchasing the outstanding coffee in December, 2016.
Valentus’ claims of counterfeit SlimRoast being manufactures predate this. And if they can prove Vitae Global’s Lean Java Bean went into production using the Valentus coffee, prior to the exact date they informed Advanced Laboratories they wouldn’t be purchasing, that’s a big chunk of the case in their favor.
Either way I can’t see Vitae Global pulling out of this. Volpe seems to have created Vitae Global to compete directly against Valentus with a near-identical product.
There appears to be plenty of recorded evidence of raiding taking place, so I can’t see that side of the counterclaim going in Advanced Laboratories’ way.
Then there’s the RICO stuff, which introduces a criminal element to the case.
As of today’s publishing date, the last entry on the case docket is Vitae Global’s April 21st counterclaim response.
Update 16th May 2017 – As per a May 3rd order, a tentative trial date has been scheduled for December 3rd, 2018.
Update 28th February 2018 – On February 21st Advanced Laboratories and Valentus informed the court they’d reached a confidential settlement.
Consequently Advanced Laboratories lawsuit and Valentus’ counter-claims were dismissed with prejudice.
Team success is nothing but a group of evil money hungry individuals trying to make money off of a product that does not hold up to the original slim roast 1.0.
They will pull you in witn lies people do not fall for it!!
Doesn’t take a genius to figure out how a few sellers on ebay have sold hundreds of boxes at a third of the Valentus price. And have been doing so for far longer than Advanced Labs needed to try to “recoup” the coffee Valentus no longer wanted.
I’d be curious to have Vitaes product tested and see if it is actually the Slimroast formula.
These are not petty charges or accusations made towards Vople and the others and carry hefty charges, even time behind bars! I see Orange in their future!
I think by that they have proved the price they sold was the hiked price only MLMs can enjoy (thankfully) 😉
From my own study of this case file, all 27 pages, it’s clearly Mr Volpe has shown criminal intent on his doings, from attempted extortion to blackmail, trademark infringement, illegal wiretapping, all a felon!
Plus Mr Volpe also known as a womanizer, basically can’t keep it in his pants,and (CEO) Jane G Lee, behave and conduct herself as a drunken fool at the bar, who should’ve been cut off hours ago! I look forward to the outcome and may justice be prevail! Tony
Tony, some of your comments strike me as being libellous unless you have firm evidence to back up your allegations.
Anyway, in my opinion, anybody who considers that drinking overpriced instant coffee can help with weight loss needs their heads testing. But then since when have MLM companies ever sold anything remotely useful or value for money?
The internet reveals a lot about a person and it can become your worst enemies, people talk and do they talk! NOTHING IS PRIVATE! Tony
In other words you haven’t got any proof, Tony. You just like bumping your gums about certain people because they happen to be on the wrong side of your dodgy MLM equation.
I don’t sell products, I’m retired and never been involved in MLM marketing! I’m someone sitting on the side line who been watching this runaway train getting ready to derail…
As for proof? It’s out there! Tony
Guess I need my head checked. I lost 30 pounds drinking SlimRoast coffee. Guess a lot of people need their head checked.
If it didn’t work, vitae wouldn’t have falsely claimed they had it.
The real questing is why the split in the frist place? Now it’s coming out!
Plus who is the real-owner and mastermind behind this supposed magic coffee, even the Lean Java Bean not the original formula, so where did it go? Tony
It was Mr Jordan who came to Mr Volpe to make this coffee (SlimRost). According to the Lawsuit: (Case 2:17-cv-00141-TLN-CMK Document 12 Filed 03/27/17 Page 10 of 27
Mr Vople wasn’t even manufacturing this supposed magic coffee at that time, and from all indications there no proof Mr Volpe ever was or has been! So really who is the true formulator behind this coffee and where has it gone, none of the current formulas are the original 1.0, check the boxes!
Perhaps the real truth on that will come out in court as well? Tony
Tony that is the mystery.. where did it go? And who does it belong to.
I was told “dont know” and “it’s just gone”. Another man claims to know the formulator and says it was not Mr Volpe and he claims he was getting it ready for the U.K.
Lots of mystery over a coffee.. who would of thunk it???
Things don’t add up for sure! I think a lot no good will come forth once this goes to court! Plus I have been doing my own research into Mr Volpe background, he refer to himself as Dr Volpe, yet there no proof of this!
Mr Jordan as of date hasn’t raised any red flags during my own in depth searches, seem be all above board!
The claims made against Mr Volpe by Jordan are very damaging, and show intent of criminal behavior on Mr Volpe end, looks as if (wife) Mrs Volpe as well!
Then you add the other players, CEO Jane Gallenero Lee and Steven Michelluci, Angela Foreman) bad mouth Jordan publicly on FB and try to turn/recruit Valentus members/ plus sold remaining 1.0 SlimRoast at half the cost! Tony
Court Date: Advanced Laboratories International, LLC v. Valentus International et al
Article updated with news of December, 2018 trial date.
Meanwhile from my own viewing on social media all the Lean Java Bean drinker look to be gaining weight and look unhealthy not fit!
As of date still no news on what happen to the real original slim roast 1.0. Toney
2 words Volpe / Javita ??
Things that make you go hmmmm!
I been doing some research into Mr Volpe history, refer to himself as a doctor yet there no record of this on file within within USA or outside it, if one does in-depth search! The 2nd thing that doesn’t add up Mr Volpe schooling/college.
Kinda strange since Mr Volpe school records indicate Mr Volpe was a student attending Shasta High in Redding Ca, has him with the class of 1982!
This doesn’t add up as well: Louis J Volpe’s Experience
Then you also has his behavior in question as a womanizer, player.
So at age 18 Mr Volpe achieved while in high school?
Dr Volpe: lauricidin.com/professionals/626-advanced-labs-llc
I caint belived what i read on valentus. they our being sued many dollars.
when a young man sold a millon dollars he never got his commission check.. that is wrong and very active terrible information to hear about.
I am going to tell all my 5ooo friends about this company and hope some body looks into this problem…
I think both company’s Valentus and Vitae Global are both scams-artiest.
Lets get real, the only ones getting rich are the one on top! It’s ALL about recruiting, only way MLM works!
Both party’s are in a lawsuit against each other and the original (SlimRoast) formula has poof, vanished from the face of the earth. None of the new formulas are the original! Toney
According to Ethan Vanderbuilt’s website Valentus have been effectively shut down in the UK by Trading Standards due to spurious claims made by their distributors.
No doubt Maggie above will be on the blower telling them about how she lost 30 pounds merely by drinking this brand of flavoured water.
Going to have a look into this today. Will report back.
I did lose 30 lbs drinking what you call flavored water. Check out best weight loss coffee page on Facebook. Look at the staggering weight loss testimonies thousands had while drinking 1.0.
Sounds crazy uh? I mean look at the ingredients.. no formulator that has looked at the ingredients says it makes sense. So logic says there had to be something else in it.
And that’s all you did, Eh ???
Drank coffee and the weight poured off.
With the greatest respect, but, I call b*******
Call it what you want. It was thous and of people having the same results.. I didn’t believe it either. Until I started drinking it. Never felt that amazing in my life.
After the original formula disappeared I asked myslef why would a company get rid of a product that was making millions. Makes no sense what so ever.. unless.. it was illegal.
What would make it illegal?? An ingredient possibly??
None of the ingredients in SlimRoast has proven weight-loss effect on the body. Any mention of those ingredients having weight loss effects are BANNED in the UK for that reason.
You lost those 30 pounds because you are motivated to lose those pounds. The coffee is your post-hoc rationalization. It’s superstition, nothing more.
I agree with you Maggie. There must have been something in the “original”.
In the other thread, I gave the example of the MLM Metabolife 356 which worked BUT contained ephedra. After that was banned, the newer version didn’t compare.
There is also another drug called “sibutramine” that has been found in weight loss coffees! Countries have banned this and issued warnings too. Google it.
I wouldn’t trust MLM founders, who are scammers by default, to add something to initially bump sales.
Advanced Nutra… Louis volpe lab. One lab in Peru. Coca Leaf is legal there. Look up crazy weight loss and other side effects of coca leaf. Connect the dots!
I’ve done enough researcher myself to realize Vitae Global and it’s supposed formulator Louis Volpe and CEO Jane G Less are Criminals at best!
Checkout their pics, most these supposed weight loss took place while using the ORIGINAL Valentus SlimRoast formula 1.0, that to this day has vanished! POOF and you’ll hear Crickets when asked about it’s whereabouts! ……
So who was the true formulator of that magic coffee? Neither Valentus or Vitae Global our using it, read the ingredients on the box not the same deal.
Plus Vitae Global CEO Jane G Lee is bigger than before, go checkout her pics on FB or youtube it’s not working and rumor has it Mr Volpe was adding harmful stimulators to the original SlimRoast coffee, some ended up in the ER requiring medical treatment and left with a big medical bill, this will come out in the Lawsuit as well!
These folks are tools, making easy money off desperate folks looking for quick fix to weight lose. Toney
Right huh? If folks connect the dots they’ll see real fast Mr Jordan has been an upright ethical businessperson for 14 years with no bad reports, in fact Jordan spoken highly of, until Mr Volpe came on board and clearly ran Valentus name into a $hit mess with underhanded doings, slander, thief and threatening with blackmail as well!
Plus if you do a in depth search on Mr Volpe he calls himself a doc..Yet there no lic on file for this claim.
Vitae Global is ran out of a virtual office in WY, so the pics they use of large warehouse and folks in an office setting are fakes!
The whole building nothing but virtual offices for 21.00 month and the Redding Ca, office housing nothing but personal gym equipment according to post office records! All fronts!
One only needs to friends his classmates up on FB from Shasta High/ business doings to get the dirt on Mr Volpe!
Sadly he hasn’t left good impressing, most are not surprised or shocked at the facts made against him within the Lawsuit! Toney
He has a pyramid scheme past. Furthermore, good, ethical people especially don’t start them! Did you read the original Valentus review and the comments?
I’ve read alot on both Mr Jordan & Mr Volpe, both Valentus & Vitae Global are pyramid scheme, the difference is Mr Jordan has/had a clean record, unlike Mr Volpe in his past doings and his CEO Jane G Lee who also in trouble with the IRS, that no secret, plus their false front virtual office in WY.
Plus the facts that Mr Jordan record was clean until Mr Volpe joined ranks and clearly screwed Mr Jordan and other’s within Valentus origination!
I have it from a highly respectable individual in the know that Mr Volpe was adding ingredients to SlimRoast without authorization and there are reports of folks ending up in the ER from the effects of Mr Volpe unauthorized doings.
Mr Jordan found out and put a stop to it, why the original 1.0 was removed/replaced, plus the fact Mr Volpe manufacturer more coffee for his own personal gains, when confronted he used blackmail tactics, threats towards Mr Jordan and Mr Volpe underhand along with Jane G Lee, and the Success Team were trying get Valentus members to join Vitae Global through slander, lies etc.. You can still find evidence of this up on FB!
All this above will all come out in the courts/lawsuit! Toney
Andy~ Anymore info??? Toney
I don’t believe that there were any harmful stimulants in the original formula. I took it for the health benefits.
I am anemic and while taking the original formula my hemoglobin reading was actually normal for once.
The updated version of the slim roast is not the same at all. If anything, I’d question the ingredients in the current formula.
Well here’s hoping the lawsuit is based on more than belief hey.