The FTC Accuses Another Network Marketing Company of Operating as a Pyramid Scheme

    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 Federal Trade Commission continued its recent flurry of activity against network marketing companies with the public announcement of a lawsuit against company Success by Health. This marks the third action against an MLM in the last four months (the Advocare settlement in October of ’19 and the ongoing Nerium/Neora lawsuit filed in November of […]

    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 […]

          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 […]