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Federal Trade Commission Finds New Avenues to Counter Section 13(b) Decision

Although the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was dealt a blow from the Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 13(b), the commission is not sitting idle following the decision. Instead, the FTC has gone on the offensive with new measures in order … Continue Reading

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Unanimous Court Curtails FTC’s Ability to Obtain Restitution for Deceptive Practices

HUGE news in the direct sales industry. With its unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court is essentially declaring that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has abused its power for decades. A thorough rebuke. Read into the full story at Social Selling … Continue Reading

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FTC Announces New Rulemaking Group

The FTC has announced that the agency is creating a new and dedicated “rulemaking group,” a move that would strengthen the FTC’s ability to invoke civil penalties outside its historical use of 13(b). Full article here.

FTC Cracks Down on Income Claims in “Operation Income Illusion”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) together with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners announced Operation Income Illusion, a nationwide crackdown on illegal income claims. According to the FTC, Operation Income Illusion focused on scammers making false promises of income … Continue Reading

Second Round of FTC Warning Letters Hits Direct Sellers

Once again, the FTC has sent out a round of letters to a new list of MLM companies warning them to stop their field from posting that their products can cure the Novel Coronavirus/ SARS-CoV2.They are giving the companies 48 … Continue Reading

FTC Sends Warning Letters to Multi-Level Marketers Regarding Health and Earnings Claims Related to Coronavirus

Ten letters target companies pitching business opportunities, supposed health benefits in response to pandemic The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent 10 letters warning multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) to remove and address claims that they or their participants are making … Continue Reading

FTC Acts to Shut Down ‘Success by Health’; Assets Frozen

Complaint alleges empty promises of wealth lead to millions in losses for participants FROM THE FTC PRESS RELESE: A federal court granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request to temporarily shut down an alleged pyramid scheme known as “Success By Health,” and … Continue Reading

FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Announces Resignation

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Friday in an interview that she will soon step down as head of the country’s most powerful consumer watchdog, after serving more than three years in the role and another three years before … Continue Reading

Direct Selling & Regulators – Innovation, Not Infraction

| Opinion | Regulators should assume a cooperative, rather than adversarial, stance with direct sellers. Every time a direct seller has an issue with the Federal Trade Commission, critics of the industry are quick to jump on it, hailing it … Continue Reading

Article: New Herbalife Compliance Chief Promises “Robust Monitoring” [Wall Street Journal]

Herbalife shares jump after company hires former FTC commissioner; Promises  increased policing and enforcement Herbalife Ltd. has hired a former FTC commissioner to oversee the conduct of its independent sales team. Pamela Jones Harbour will monitor training and mentoring programs … Continue Reading