P&G sues Amway distributor

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Procter & Gamble Co. today filed suit against Randy Haugen, a distributor of Amway Corp. products, for spreading false and malicious statements connecting P&G with satanism. The suit, filed in U.S. district court of Utah, alleges Mr. Haugen used Amway's electronic voice mail system to spread the rumor to other Amway distributors. The false stories claim that P&G's president discussed satanism on the TV talk show "Donahue," and that the company's "moon and stars" logo is a satanic symbol. P&G said nearly half of the lawsuits filed in its long battle to refute rumors of its ties to Satanism have involved Amway distributors.

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