Neora Sues FTC in Challenge to It’s Authority

Dallas-based Neora has filed against the FTC in the Seventh Circuit today.  Neora is essentially asking for a broad declaratory judgment that would cabin the FTC’s authority to pursue MLM companies. Watch for more updates! Click here for the full … Continue Reading

LIVE WEBCAST: FTC vs. Advocare – Has the Game Just Changed? 10/9/19 2pm CT

Has the game just changed? In a case that is sure to reverberate across the direct selling industry, AdvoCare and its former CEO are required to pay $150 million in fines for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme. While the themes … Continue Reading

Article: FTC Under Pressure; Ability to “Ambush” Companies Comes Under Scrutiny

Courts may be signaling concern over the regulator’s authority to obtain injunctions and freeze assets in enforcement cases By Spencer Reese, founder and partner at Reese Poyfair Richards LLC The bottom line for direct sellers is that if the FTC … Continue Reading

Webcast: “Self-Regulation is Here. Is Your Company Prepared?” April 4, 12pm CT

A conversation about the new Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council with Jonathan Gilliam and Peter Marinello.– For the first time in direct sales history, a truly independent self-regulatory body has been created to enforce social media and marketing rules among all … Continue Reading

The Crackdown on CBD Edibles Has Begun | Esquire.com

CBD, one of the buzziest wellness products of 2019, just hit a snag. New York City has forbidden the sale of CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that fall under the Department of Health’s purview, Eater reported Tuesday. … Continue Reading

ALERT: FTC Releases Guidance for Direct Sellers and MLMs

The FTC staff have released guidance for direct sales companies on its official website.  From FTC.gov: Multi-level marketing is a diverse and varied industry, employing many different structures and methods of selling. Although there may be significant differences in how … Continue Reading

New Wave of Class-Action Pyramid Cases Swamps Industry

“The plaintiff’s bar is smelling blood.”  In March of this year, a federal judge in Nevada accepted a $7.7 million dollar settlement offer from Xocai as the result of a class action lawsuit. Last November, the U.S. Fifth Circuit certified … Continue Reading

FDA Warns Marketers of Supplements and Other Products—Stop Making Cancer Claims

The US FDA on Tuesday announced sending 14 warning letters and four online advisory letters to companies selling dozens of products that claim to cure, diagnose, treat or prevent cancer. Several recipients of the warning letters sell nutritional supplements, such … Continue Reading

Kirsten Dunst to Star in Dark TV Comedy About Multilevel Marketing

On the heels of a stinging rebuke from comedian John Oliver that reached millions of cable and online viewers comes the announcement of a new dark comedy from AMC about a down-and-out single mom and her quest to rise through the … Continue Reading

Moving Forward, Here’s What the FTC’s Order Requires Herbalife to Do

Following is a guest post from attorney Kevin Thompson with an early analysis of the FTC settlement with Herbalife. By Kevin Thompson, Thompson Burton PLLC After a two year investigation, Herbalife has agreed to pay a $200 million fine to the FTC and act … Continue Reading