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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.

  • September 10, 2012

    What Have We Learned from Zeek Rewards?

    The year was 1932. The Great Depression had most American's diving nose-down into a financial abyss so deep, it took a World War II economy to dig Americans out. It was also the year the musical New Americana debuted on Broadway. It's most famous song—"Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?"—went to Number One o... Read more ›

  • May 31, 2012

    Stock Plunge on Internal Consumption: Whose Fault?

    In one day in May 2012, the stock and capitalization value of leading direct selling companies shrank by billions of dollars. The cause of this was the simple and reasonable investor question, “What percentage of product is consumed personally by MLM distributors as opposed to resold to non-participants?”... Read more ›

  • May 6, 2011

    Multilevel Marketing Pyramids-“Lotteries”

    The following article is taken from the MLM Legal Primer . This article looks specifically at how lottery laws can be and are applied to MLM companies. Federal and state multilevel marketing and anti-pyramid statutes are components of a comprehensive consumer protection umbrella. These laws are designed t... Read more ›

  • December 27, 2010

    MLM Companies Training and Monthly Service Fees: Be Careful!

    I’m going to start this article with the conclusion: MLM training fees and monthly service fees, when used to beef up a company’s compensation plan, are usually an attempt to support an anemic business model operating with low margins. It’s not a disaster if you see these “pay to play” fees. However... Read more ›

  • October 14, 2010

    Will the New FTC Guidelines Affect Your MLM Business?

    It's always good to avoid entanglements with the law, so here's some information to help you abide by the new revisions to the FTC Act in your MLM business. I found this testimonial on a website...have you seen others like these? This is a prime example of what the FTC is looking for! I want you to know ... Read more ›

  • September 24, 2010

    TRADEMARKS 101

    Imagine that you have just developed a revolutionary product that you are certain will take the marketplace by storm. You have researched the market, found that a need exists, lined-up manufacturing, and have a distribution system in place. Now, you need only to develop a name and logo that will distinguish y... Read more ›