Posts Tagged ‘Joseph N. Mariano’

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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DSA, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Lead Women’s Entrepreneurship Event

Debbie Lesko

A Women’s Entrepreneurship Event led by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) and the Direct Selling Association (DSA) was held on Monday, July 29, in Glendale, Arizona. Independent sales representatives from DSA member companies Amway, Arbonne International, Isagenix International and Mary Kay, Inc. participated in the event. The roundtable discussion focused on getting women involved in entrepreneurship, and…

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U.S. DSA Supports H.R. 3522, the Preserving Direct Seller Independence Act

H.R. 3522

On June 26, 2019, the Preserving Direct Seller Independence Act, H.R 3522, was introduced with bipartisan support. The Act reinforces the status of direct sellers as independent contractors by incorporating the specific language in Section 3508 of the Internal Revenue Service Code on direct selling independent contractor status into the Fair Labor Standards Act. As…

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DSA Announces 2019 Awards Winners

In conjunction with its annual meeting, the U.S. Direct Selling Association (DSA), announced top honors to the industry’s standout companies at its 2019 DSA Awards gala in Austin, Texas. In addition, the Direct Selling Education Foundation(DSEF) announced three new inductees to its prestigious Circle of Honor. DSA Awards DSA Awards recognize the outstanding programs DSA…

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U.S. Direct Selling Annual Retail Sales Reach $35.4 Billion for 2018

According to the “DSA 2019 Growth & Outlook Report: U.S. Direct Selling in 2018” released today by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) at its Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, 2018 saw growth in retail sales, as well as the number of people selling and purchasing products and service through the direct sales channel. Growth &…

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U.S. Representative Richard Hudson Named New Co-Chair of Direct Selling Caucus

United States Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) is the new co-chair of the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus in the 116th Congress. The caucus was established in 2015 as a bipartisan forum to build greater awareness about direct selling and policy issues relevant to the business. Representative Hudson will replace outgoing co-chair U.S. Representative Marcia Blackburn (R-TN), who was elected…

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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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DSA Issues Statement Regarding LuLaRoe Lawsuit


Last week, Washington state Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed an injunction against LuLaRoe, Inc., which the Attorney General described as an unlawful pyramid scheme. The complaint alleged that the LuLaRoe plan violated the Washington state Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme statute, made false and misleading earnings claims to potential and existing participants, and otherwise violated the state’s…

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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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