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MLM Legal

MLM companies and independent contractors (distributors) must understand the local, national and international laws that regulate the MLM and direct selling industry. In the United States, the direct selling industry is regulated by Federal Trade Commission rulings that influence commission plans or income claims. The sale of products is also regulated for all industries such as the three day return rate. In international legal cases, national and local laws vary.

  • July 21, 2016

    Herbalife to Restructure Operations, Pay $200 Million to Settle FTC Charges

    Herbalife International of America, Inc., Herbalife International, Inc., and Herbalife, Ltd. will restructure their U.S. multi-level marketing business operations and pay $200 million to compensate consumers to settle the FTC complaint that the Herbalife companies deceived consumers into believing they could ... Read more ›

  • October 12, 2015

    The FTC playbook: What happens when a company is shut down

    I am not a lawyer. This is just one lay persons view based on my years in the industry. When the FTC decides to make a case against an MLM company, their methods follow a consistent pattern or playbook. When the FTC decides to run their “playbook” against a company, I have never seen a company survive[1].... Read more ›

  • October 7, 2015

    Avoid the FTC’s Crosshairs! The Wisdom of Jerry Garcia

    I went to a Grateful Dead concert in 1976. The band was at the height of cool at the time as they represented the counter-culture movement from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Although I had been to a number of concerts before seeing the Dead, this concert was different because it was the first ... Read more ›

  • October 5, 2015

    The FTC Wins, You Lose. The FTC Loses You Lose.

    The response across the web to the court ruling on September 18, 2015 has been mixed. Some reporters have called it a “loss,” expecting the court to eventually declare Vemma a pyramid and shut them down for good. Many have seen it as a “win” for Vemma and for the industry, given the fact that no MLM i... Read more ›

  • September 29, 2015

    What is a pyramid scheme?

    Do you remember the invitations you have received to join a multilevel marketing company? What thoughts did you have when you evaluated if the opportunity as a pyramid scheme vs a legitimate direct selling company? Unfortunately, there is not a clear universal definition of a pyramid. Instead there are ge... Read more ›