Posts Tagged ‘FTC’

DSA Issues Memo on FTC vs. Neora

FTC vs. Neora

The Direct Selling Association’s (DSA) Legal & Government Relations Team yesterday issued a memorandum related to last Friday’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action against member company Neora. The memorandum, sent to the DSA Board and executive committees, notes three areas in which FTC criteria or guidance used in the complaint have not been used in previous cases.…

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FTC Sues Neora, Alleging it Operates as an Illegal Pyramid Scheme

FTC Sues Neora

Just hours after Neora posted their press release about suing the FTC for improperly changing direct selling laws, The FTC posted its own press release stating alleging that Neora, formerly Nerium International, and its Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Olson, operates an illegal pyramid scheme that pushes distributors or brand partners to focus on recruiting new distributors,…

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Neora Files Suit Challenging FTC’s Improper Attempt to Change Direct Selling Laws

Neora

In a statement released today, Neora, a leading skincare and wellness products direct selling company, states that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has recently targeted the direct selling industry, trying to change the way direct sales companies can operate without going through the proper legislative process or formal rulemaking. Not only has Neora rejected an…

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A Discussion of the FTC Announcement

FTC vs. Neora

As President of DSA, it is my job to evaluate and report on cases like the recent Federal Trade Commission announcement regarding AdvoCare dispassionately and to analyze the impact on the direct selling channel and assist our members in charting a course forward. Nonetheless, it is difficult for me to believe the investigators got all…

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DSA Brings Together Government Officials, Industry Leaders to Discuss Vital Issues for Direct Selling

FTC vs. Neora

DSA Brings Together Government Officials, Industry Leaders to Discuss Vital Issues for Direct Selling On October 7–8, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) hosted its annual Legal and Regulatory Seminar in Washington, D.C. The seminar brought together industry leaders to discuss legal and regulatory issues impacting the direct selling business and how companies and the Association…

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Reading the AdvoCare FTC Ruling Tea Leaves

As was announced on October 2, AdvoCare and its former chief executive officer agreed to pay $150 million and be banned from the multi-level marketing business to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that the company operated an illegal pyramid scheme that deceived consumers into believing they could earn significant income as “distributors” of its health…

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AdvoCare to Pay $150 Million to Settle FTC Charges

AdvoCare to Pay $150 Million

AdvoCare and its former chief executive officer agreed to pay $150 million and be banned from the multi-level marketing business to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that the company operated an illegal pyramid scheme that deceived consumers into believing they could earn significant income as “distributors” of its health and wellness products. Two top promoters also…

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Keeping the Media Accountable

In our January 2019 issue of Direct Selling News, we published a story on some best practices to employ when responding to misleading facts about your company or negative criticism of the industry. The article illustrates that sometimes it’s better to leave things alone because it can just bring more attention to the story. But, there are times when…

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Are You Sure Your Data Is Safe?

Cybercrime

Vigilance, continuous learning are industry’s best defenses against cybercriminals. It has become a painfully common headline: “Cyberthieves breach company’s system, steal credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates, passport numbers . . .” High-profile corporations such as Target, Equifax and Marriott all have been robbed of massive amounts of valuable consumer data in recent years, proving…

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DSA Establishes Third-Party Self-Regulatory Program

Direct Selling Association

The US Direct Selling Association (DSA) has announced that its Board of Directors unanimously approved the establishment of a third party self-regulatory program. The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (Direct Selling-SRC), which will be administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), is designed to ensure high standards of integrity and business ethics which remain the guiding…

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