Income Claims: Once a Challenge, Always a Challenge

    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.

    Income and/or earnings claims have been a recurring topic of conversation on this blog for the last seven years. Time and time again we’ve addressed the regulatory risk of income claims that go unmonitored. Why? Because income claims represent one of the most consistent challenges faced by every single company in the direct selling industry. […]

    Network Marketing and COVID: 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.

      TLDR; There is zero gray here. THE FIELD CANNOT COMMINGLE ANY CONTENT WITH COVID. Companies need to increase their efforts to police content referencing COVID; educate the field to avoid referencing COVID; leverage every online tool available to blast the message as far and wide as possible i.e. email newsletters, splash disclaimers on the homepage, […]

      FTC Experts Do a Study on Risk-Taking, Preload Study Outcomes

        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 a general rule, whenever your intuition conflicts with that of an economist, bet on your intuition. Economists are reverse indicators: they are ~always wrong.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In case you were wondering, I’m not an academic. I do not pretend to speak the same language. On occasion, I really try to force myself […]

        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 […]

            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 […]