FTC: The Empire Tries to Strikes Back

    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.

    In the first Star Wars, the evil empire reveals its master plan of subjugating the galaxy with its awesome weapon: the Death Star. We all know how it ends, Luke Skywalker, against all odds, blows it up. 1 shot…in some sort of vent, triggers a chain reaction that destroys the entire thing. Needless to say, […]

    Lessons in Missing the Point – The MLM Industry is Now Expressly Targeted by the FTC For Deceptive Income and Product Claims

      Kevin Grimes is one of the most experienced and accomplished MLM attorneys in America. Over his 25 year career as a network marketing attorney, he has represented and advised the proverbial “Who’s Who” of direct selling and multilevel marketing including Herbalife, Shaklee, Tupperware, USANA, Metabolife, MonaVie, and hundreds more.

      In October 2020, FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra and Samuel Levine, (now) Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, authored an article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review entitled, The Case for Resurrecting the FTC Act’s Penalty Offense Authority (hereinafter The Case for Resurrecting). It seems that the article escaped the attention of the […]

      Unanimous Decision: FTC loses in Supreme Court decision

        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.

        In a unanimous Supreme Court decision, the Supreme Court has held, “Section 13(b) does not authorize the Commission to seek, or a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement.” Translated into English: The FTC has been abusing its power for decades. It’s a devastating blow to the FTC’s credibility. To recap: […]

        Network Marketing and Political Speech: Should there be limits?

          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.

          Black Lives Matter Blue Lives Matter Make America Great Again #COVID19Hoax #Impeach45 Defund the Police Nickelback is an awesome band! Take your pick. Feel triggered? Welcome to 2020. Despite it being a presidential election year, with high levels of unemployment, with a novel/deadly virus among us, income inequality on the rise, social unrest, violent protests […]

          FTC Gets a Dose Of Its Own Medicine: Required to account for years of enforcement history

            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 FTC’s ability to regulate consumer markets is largely created and limited by Section 5 of the FTC Act. The FTC’s power comes from US, you and I legislatively, by way of our chosen representatives. There’s a specific provision in the Act that pertains to the sorts of remedies the FTC can obtain in its […]

            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, […]