The Dangers of Weak Cybersecurity in Network Marketing

    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.

    A review of this past year’s news cycle illustrates the paramount importance of strong data security. Yahoo, Equifax, Uber, and the list could go on and on. These companies fell victim to data breaches. In turn, they all faced public relations nightmares not to mention ongoing congressional and regulatory investigations. Today’s cyber landscape is relatively […]

    Federal Anti-Pyramid Bill HR 3409: Is it good enough?

      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 its current form, HR 3409 is better than nothing. The current draft codifies case law where it can. The “True North” of critics has landed them in a swamp. The current draft of HR 3409 could be improved to protect more consumers. Summary of the Bill HR 3409, named the Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act […]

      Lawsuit Anniversary: August 9, 2007

        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.

        If you received the post via email, there was an error. The letter referenced below was sent in February of 2006, not 2016. I blame the error on a lack of coffee. August 9, 2007: a day that will live in network marketing infamy. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the beginnings of a wild ride, […]

        The SEC’s Enforcement of Pyramid-Based Schemes: Part 2

          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.

          Over the past five years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has repeatedly exerted its regulatory will on multi-level marketing companies. In Part One of this two part series, I explained the basic elements of a “security” and the trouble surrounding the presence of unregistered securities in the context of network marketing. In this article, I provide some concrete […]

          Non-Competes in Network Marketing: The controversy continues

            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 issue of non-competes came up after Team Beachbody announced it was adding a non-compete to its policies and procedures. As reported over at Business for Home, Beachbody published the following statement: As we strive to make the Beachbody Coach opportunity the best it can be and to protect all of your hard work helping […]

            Understanding Unregistered Securities: The Linchpin in the SEC’s Cases Against Network Marketing 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.

              While entrepreneurs and marketers alike are often aware of the FTC’s involvement in the direct sales space, clients largely remain unaware of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) involvement in network marketing. The SEC oversees the enforcement of federal securities laws. This means the SEC is designed to ensure companies do not offer or sell securities in the absence […]