You Can’t Regulate Human Nature

The human mind is miraculous. The capacity for what we can achieve is without limits. Despite our great gifts, there’s one thing that will likely never change: our primal nature to seek immediate pleasure over pain. This results in us being stuck on the Hedonic treadmill, mostly contrary to our own best interests. Stated another […]

The Way Out Is In

The nature of this industry is complex. When I entered this field, I knew very little about the people who operated within it, the laws and regulations that encompassed it, or frankly what exactly it meant to fall under the descriptive phrase of “direct sales,” network marketing,” “multi-level marketing,” etc. Those on the outside may […]

So You Received a Notice of Penalty Offenses, Now What?

Roughly 1,100 entities received a Notice of Penalty Offenses from the Federal Trade Commission on October 26, 2021. It’s important to know that being a recipient does not mean you have previously or are currently violating the law. Candidly, it’s not all bad being on the list. The companies that did not make the cut […]

FTC Sharpening Its Regulatory Knives And Preparing For Battle, Puts For-Profit Universities On Notice

The nature of the network marketing industry has evolved over the last several decades with new and innovative business models, yet the regulatory landscape has remained quite stagnant and vague. We are all aware of the landmark cases of Koscot and BurnLonge, FTC v. BurnLounge Case Summary, along with company specific settlements such as Vemma, […]

Invest in Yourself: AMG Capital Alone Will Not Save You

When the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the FTC in AMG Capital back in April of this year, many flagged this decision as a watershed moment in FTC enforcement. But this is the law we are talking about, and nothing is ever black and white. If it were, there would be fewer lawyers and that […]

Multi-Level Marketing: Life After AMG Capital and the Hope for a Better Future Part 2

In Part 1, we presented our belief that there is soon to be a shifting tide of regulatory attitude from empowering the consumer to now empowering the government. Such empowerment has morphed into the idea that consumers are now unable to protect themselves due to the constant barrage of information, e.g., misleading/deceptive income claims, no […]