Jeffrey Babener: The best

    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 industry lost one of its greatest advocates. I am sad to report that one of the best among us, Jeffrey Babener, passed away on March 17, 2020. He was a legend. He will be missed. Jeffrey Babener was one of the originals when it came to MLM law. Jeff was a fierce competitor, which […]

    The FTC Accuses Another Network Marketing Company of Operating as a Pyramid Scheme

      Thomas Ritter is an associate attorney at Thompson Burton PLLC. His practice area focuses primarily on cybersecurity law, which includes an assortment of data protection and privacy-related matters, and a wide-variety of business transactions. He assists diverse businesses from well-established companies to early stage start-ups.

      The Federal Trade Commission continued its recent flurry of activity against network marketing companies with the public announcement of a lawsuit against company Success by Health. This marks the third action against an MLM in the last four months (the Advocare settlement in October of ’19 and the ongoing Nerium/Neora lawsuit filed in November of […]

      Monthly Volume Requirements: It’s time to reconsider this concept

        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.

        “Never take advice from anyone in a tie. They’ll bankrupt you. It’s very difficult to argue with salaried people that the simple can be important and the important can be simple.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the Incerto. Lawyers in our industry have a knack for making the simple complicated, repeating the same tired […]

        Discussion with Neora co-CEO Deborah Heisz Regarding FTC 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.

          Deborah Heisz and I had a casual chat about Neora’s recent challenges with the FTC. We discussed the genesis of the FTC investigation, a few details of the settlement negotiations, the FTC’s view of the network marketing model, Neora’s financial ability to continue with litigation, and a lot of other things. Heisz’s transparency about the […]

          Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Nerium Enters the Ring Against the FTC

            Thomas Ritter is an associate attorney at Thompson Burton PLLC. His practice area focuses primarily on cybersecurity law, which includes an assortment of data protection and privacy-related matters, and a wide-variety of business transactions. He assists diverse businesses from well-established companies to early stage start-ups.

            This post is Part 1 of a two-part series on Nerium’s push-back against the FTC’s pervasive (and shifting) authority over how it defines pyramid schemes. In an unprecedented move the likes of which has never before been seen in the history of the network marketing industry, the FTC and Nerium filed competing lawsuits against one […]

            Initial Impressions from the FTC’s settlement with Advocare

              Thomas Ritter is an associate attorney at Thompson Burton PLLC. His practice area focuses primarily on cybersecurity law, which includes an assortment of data protection and privacy-related matters, and a wide-variety of business transactions. He assists diverse businesses from well-established companies to early stage start-ups.

              Confirming longstanding suspicions held by many since the company publicly announced back in May of 2019 plans to disband its network marketing distribution model, the Federal Trade Commission formally announced an enforcement action and settlement order(s) today with MLM company Advocare. Beyond a $150 million monetary judgment and the company’s permanent exit from the direct […]