Required Purchases: The MLM Pay to Play Dilemma

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

    When I sense a gap in the industry’s understanding on an issue, I see it as an opportunity to learn more and write content that sets the record straight. I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately on the subject of whether a company can require monthly product purchases as a condition for pay plan […]

    Thompson Burton: Support Company of the Year

      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 extremely proud to announce that our firm, Thompson Burton PLLC, recently received an award from The Academy of Multilevel Marketing (“TAMM”). Taken from TAMM’s website: TAMM’s mission is to recognize and reward industry leaders in all categories of business who exhibit the “best of the best.” Spearheaded by friend and industry advocate Len Clements, […]

      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 2

          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.

          This is Part Two of our series on the Vemma ruling. In Part One of our Vemma analysis, we dissected the Court’s ruling and attempted to explain the basis for the Judge’s conclusions. Part Two is a discussion on the Order’s implications for Vemma and the industry. Before we begin, it’s important to understand that […]

          Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and MLM: Part 2

            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.

            In Part 1 of the MLM Cryptocurrency series, I discussed the basics about cryptocurrency MLMs. In this section, I provide specific information to help consumers stay safe. UPDATE: After the writing of this article, the SEC has sued a Bitcoin cloud mining company and alleged them to be engaging in the unregistered selling of securities. […]

            Richard Brooke On the Wisdom of Business Development Agreements

            I’m thankful for Richard Bliss Brooke. He’s a courageous leader and he’s never afraid to call it like he sees it.

            This is a 20 minute video. There’s no need to watch the whole thing (it’s long!). Start at the 15:20 mark where someone asks “Do you think Business Development Agreements are bad for network marketing?”

            His answer is brief and to the point. It’s an important issue that will eventually be addressed at an industry-wide level. But in the meantime, we need to be educated. Please watch at the 15:20 mark.