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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.

  • February 23, 2011

    Legal Dos and Don’ts for distributors

    The plan must be designed so as not to conflict with pyramid, lottery, securities, franchise, and business opportunity and buyers club laws. It is possible, however, for distributors to get a company involved with the regulatory authorities even though the marketing plan itself might be in perfect complian... 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 ›

  • December 9, 2010

    Dot Com or Dot Scam

    DOT COM FEVER First of all, e-commerce and the Internet are dramatically changing the way network marketing companies do business - communications, documentation, sales catalogs, etc. Second, the Internet has ushered in a new regime of products and services, including Internet access, web site hosting and ... Read more ›

  • December 9, 2010

    Get Your Hands Off My Downline !!!

      Following closely on the heels of this commandment would be "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's downline," and "thou shalt not commingle downlines. If there is one problem that every MLM faces at one time or another, it is the raiding of the company's distributor force for another MLM by one of ... 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 ›

  • August 20, 2010

    Home Office Deductions–Truth vs. Myths (part 2)

    As tax time readily approaches, there is still time to determine how you’ll define your “home office” this year. It really doesn’t have to be that difficult if you take a little time to do your homework. So here are a few tax tips to consider during the next couple of months as you’re getting your ... Read more ›