Trainer or Touter? The Deception That Can Be Training

Courage: Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal; examples include bravery, perseverance, and authenticity (honesty). – How to be a Stoic, Massimo Pigliucci  The presence of trainers and motivational speakers in the world of network marketing is nothing new. From the most experienced network […]

The Truth Beneath the Pyramid: A Deep Dive of FTC v. Noland

On May 11, 2023, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona announced the long-awaited decision in Federal Trade Commission v. James D. Noland, Jr., et al regarding the future of the network marketing company known as Success By Health (“SBH”). Unlike many both within and without the network marketing industry, I like […]

The SEC’s Mission: The Art of Speaking Much Yet Saying Little

Today’s action, yet again, makes plain that the crypto markets suffer from a lack of regulatory compliance, not a lack of regulatory clarity. – Gary Gensler, SEC Chairman on April 17, 2023, following yet again another SEC complaint against a crypto exchange in SEC v. Bittrex This statement would be great, if true. I try […]

Back to the Basics

Whenever I sit down to write an article, I find myself trying to come up with some obscure, groundbreaking topic to discuss. Sadly, I do not have these monumental epiphanies as frequently as I would like. But the truth of the matter is that why should we discuss such grand topics, when the industry of […]

Is the DOJ Showing Its Hand?

The FTC is at it again in its enforcement against direct sales, but this time the Department of Justice (DOJ) stepped in on behalf of the United States to receive a “permanent injunction, civil penalties, and other relief” against 3 doTerra International distributors who publicly marketed the idea that certain doTerra essential oil products would […]

The Regulatory Hurdle That Is Politics

In the legal world, there’s always an angle. It’s our job as attorneys to assist clients in exploring this angle to bridge the gap between the regulatory hurdles–that seem to continue to change–and the long-term business vision that entrepreneurs have for their ventures. EVERYTHING these days is political, especially when it comes to the niche […]