Amended DSA Code of Ethics: Are the modifications meaningful?

    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.

    Beyond just ringing in a new year, January 1, 2016, also signified the enactment of the Direct Selling Association’s (“DSA”) latest Code of Ethics. Before breaking down the differences that exist between the new and previous versions, my commentary on the subject remains the same: the DSA has a long way to go before providing a Code […]

    Fifth Circuit Creates an “Insurmountable Barrier” to Pyramid Class Actions

      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.

      In the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, bringing a class action lawsuit against an alleged pyramid schemes just got a heck of a lot harder. According to one of the three Circuit Judges presiding over the case, the court’s decision gives illegal pyramid schemes a “Teflon coating” and protects them “not […]

      Talk Fusion Gives Me a Taste of Medicine

        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 got a call from Talk Fusion’s lawyer today. And the lawyer made threats. The lawyer tried to appeal to my “economic self-interest.” This made me angry. And then I thought for a second, this is exactly what I do sometimes. On occasion, I get asked to do things that I’m not fond of doing. […]

        MLM Startup Conference – DS Edge #4

          Thompson Burton redefines the art of law by utilizing creativity, technology, flexibility and innovation to more effectively deliver information and connect with our clients. With that in mind, we’re not wedded to the old ways of practicing law behind bookcases and conference room tables. We’re committed to delivering exceptional results while maintaining our vision for transparency and accessibility.

          The Direct Selling Edge conference for MLM startups is back!  The event kicks off on Thursday, January 10th in Las Vegas.  See below for a link to purchase your ticket.  The details for the conference can be found on our MLM Startup Conference page. We received some great feedback after our last conference and we’ve made the […]

          Aces Radio Live

            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 was invited as a guest host on Troy Dooly’s and Jim Gillhouse’s radio show, Aces Radio Live. The show covers weekly topics affecting the MLM industry. Connect with Troy on his website, MLM Help Desk and connect with Jim on the Jim Gillhouse Fan Page. Enjoy the recording below. We discuss a lot about […]

            DSEF and Earnings Claims

              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 Direct Selling Education Foundation, created by the DSA, was established to help spread positive information about the many benefits of the direct selling industry. They prepared a very clever video below that illustrates the struggle a distributor goes through when presenting the financial opportunity to prospects. Should you call your time share a “summer home?” Should you talk about the opportunity to earn millions upon millions of dollars