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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

Federal Trade Commission Announcement

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

Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Issues New Guidance on Earnings Claims for Direct Sellers

Arlington, VA – July 9, 2020 – BBB National Programs’ Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC), in partnership with the Direct Selling Association (DSA), today released new Guidance on Earnings Claims that defines and identifies earnings claims to ensure all representations … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Government to Disgorge Illegal Profits

The 8-1 decision is a victory for the federal government and its power to “disgorge” money from those who obtained it illegally. “The court holds today that a disgorgement award that does not exceed a wrongdoer’s net profits and is … 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

Webcast: FTC vs. Advocare – Has the Game Just Changed?

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

Webcast: “Self-Regulation is Here. Is Your Company Prepared?”

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