This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A news brief in the Aug. 31, 2009, issue, "AdvoCare loses verdict to distributors," should have included a comment from an AdvoCare spokeswoman saying the company believes the Badgetts, its former distributors, were terminated appropriately and AdvoCare intends to appeal the jury verdict that went against the firm. "The Tan Sheet" regrets the omission and corrected the brief posted on our Web site (1"The Tan Sheet" Aug. 31, 2009, In Brief)
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