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 […]

    Starting a Network Marketing Company: 10 basic building blocks for a strong start

      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.

      Back in a prior life when I was competing in the decathlon for the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!), one of my favorite events was the 110-meter-high hurdles. The race is probably the most intense event out of the 10, requiring massive amounts of preparation, energy and focus. It’s also a race where things can […]

      Cybersecurity Basics For Anyone

        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.

        According to a recent survey of US CEOs, cybersecurity represents the biggest external concern for 2019.  If organizations know cybersecurity is an issue, then why is there such a struggle to combat this universal problem? In my opinion, the answer lies within the following Tony Robbins quote, “Complexity is the enemy of execution”. Organizations view […]

        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 […]

            What is Going to Happen in 2018

              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.

              As you’re reading, keep in mind, these are best guesses and, in some cases, wishful thinking. #1: The FTC will still be at a crawl. Currently, they’re on ice. Under the old chairperson, the FTC was unafraid of doing surgery via sledgehammer. Under current leadership, the FTC is much more methodical and careful. #2: The […]