What Makes a Company a MLM?

    Thomas Ritter is an associate attorney at Thompson Burton PLLC. His practice area focuses primarily on business transactions, cybersecurity, and direct selling law. He assists a variety of businesses, from well-established companies to early stage start-ups.

    I recently fielded a phone call from a business owner who asked me the following question: Does my business model qualify as a multi-level marketing company? It’s a good question whose answer invokes a variety of possible legal implications. THE MLM LEXICON With no single authority providing some sort of precedential definition of “MLM,” the best way of […]

    Talk Fusion – Class Action Lawsuit

      Kevin Thompson is an MLM attorney, proud husband, father of four and a founding member of Thompson Burton PLLC. Named as one of the top 25 most influential people in direct sales, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses on secure legal footing. Recently featured on Bloomberg TV and several national publications, Thompson is a thought-leader in the industry.

      Talk Fusion, a member of the DSA and a purported legitimate multilevel marketing company, was recently named in a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit can be found here and in its entirety below. The lawsuit was filed by Spreter Law Firm, based out of San Diego, California. It’s a meaty lawsuit, clocking in at 110 […]

      The Condition of MLM Legal Analysis: Be careful with what you read out there

        Kevin Thompson is an MLM attorney, proud husband, father of four and a founding member of Thompson Burton PLLC. Named as one of the top 25 most influential people in direct sales, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses on secure legal footing. Recently featured on Bloomberg TV and several national publications, Thompson is a thought-leader in the industry.

        The state of MLM law is in a bit of a mess due to the conflicting agendas of both critics and proponents. Post-Ackman, there’s a thermo-nuclear war being waged over two key issues: internal consumption and retail sales. This war has led to a deluge of content from both sides claiming to have the moral […]

        Vemma Analysis: Lessons Learned – Part 1

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          This article was written jointly by both Kevin Thompson and Kevin Grimes As most of you know, the FTC sued Vemma, alleging the company to be a pyramid scheme. Without a hearing, the FTC convinced a federal judge to shut down the company with a temporary injunction. On September 15, Vemma had an opportunity to […]

          Vemma Preliminary Injunction Hearing: Cautiously Optimistic

            Kevin Thompson is an MLM attorney, proud husband, father of four and a founding member of Thompson Burton PLLC. Named as one of the top 25 most influential people in direct sales, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses on secure legal footing. Recently featured on Bloomberg TV and several national publications, Thompson is a thought-leader in the industry.

            I’m not one to report the news. I’m a lawyer, not a reporter. When I write about current events, I write from the context of providing education. I try to take my time and pull out the lessons. Here, I’m reporting on the news. While there’s a lot to be learned from this hearing, those […]

            The Economics of MLM Litigation

              Kevin Thompson is an MLM attorney, proud husband, father of four and a founding member of Thompson Burton PLLC. Named as one of the top 25 most influential people in direct sales, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses on secure legal footing. Recently featured on Bloomberg TV and several national publications, Thompson is a thought-leader in the industry.

              Thompson Burton’s MLM law practice often fields questions from companies looking to sue distributors for various reasons. We also take calls from distributors that are being sued by their former network marketing company.  We’ve seen the same issues litigated, over and over, from both sides, across the country. The surface reasons for these suits are […]