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FILE- This May 11, 2016, file photo, shows Herbalife protein bars at Herbalife's corporate office in Los Angeles. Some distributors who claim they were duped by Herbalife’s promises they’d get rich selling health and personal care products are suing the company for as much as $1 billion in damages. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Some distributors who claim they were duped by Herbalife's promises they'd get rich selling health and personal care products are suing the company for as much as $1 billion in damages.

The distributors contend in a federal lawsuit in Miami they were coerced into attending dozens of Herbalife's "Circle of Success" events around the country that cost them thousands of dollars. And they say none of the events lived up to their billing as the secret to wealth.

Los Angeles-based Herbalife has been sued before, and in 2016 settled a Federal Trade Commission action over its business practices for $200 million. A company spokeswoman declines comment on this latest lawsuit, although company lawyers are trying to get it dismissed.

On its website, Herbalife says it has about 2.3 million distributors.

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