DS-SRC: The industry’s positive first step towards self regulation

    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 – Self Regulatory Council (DSSRC) is a good first step towards meaningful self regulation. Without question, the industry needs additional oversight. The FTC got heavily involved during the Herbalife / Vemma years, much to the chagrin of industry insiders. The results were messy, imprecise, and predictable. It was predictable because absent meaningful […]

    CBD: Where are the boundaries?

      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.

      DISLCAIMER: There are attorneys out there that dedicate their professional careers to primarily servicing the Hemp and medical marijuana sectors both at the state and national levels. I’m not one of them. If anything in the article is off, I want to hear about it so we can provide updates. Summary: CBD cannot be marketed […]

      After a Flurry of SEC Activity in the Cryptocurrency Space, the Network Marketing Industry is on Notice

        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 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a noteworthy announcement just days before the Thanksgiving holiday with significant implications for the network marketing industry: Regulatory oversight and enforcement of cryptocurrency companies is here (and here to stay). I warned MLM companies and consumers alike of the dangers surrounding cryptocurrencies all the way back in 2015. […]

        10 Simple Heuristics to Identify Healthy Companies

          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 recently asked to list out 10 factors that distributors could use to measure companies. After having represented countless companies and been on the front lines to observe both good and bad behaviors, I have a pretty good idea about the important factors. So here goes, in no particular order… 1) Experienced Leadership In […]

          Was David Einhorn’s Short on Herbalife the Catalyst that Got Bill Ackman Involved?

            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 reading a fantastic book that recaps the epic battle between Herbalife and Bill Ackman. The book is titled, “When the Wolves Bite: Two Billionaires, One Company and an Epic Wall Street Battle” (link here). In the book, author Scott Wapner covers a lot of history that includes the build-up that led to Ackman’s short […]

            MLM Cryptocurrency Scams: Stopping the Brand Killer and Protecting the Direct Selling Channel – by Jeffrey Babener

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              First Published in the World of Direct Selling. I’m sharing a post authored by fellow attorney, Jeffrey Babener. The article is so well written, I wish I wrote it myself. This is a very important subject. Babener provides solid education and proposes some ideas on ways to counter the groundswell of fraud developing in our […]