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MLM Software and MLM Industry specific updates and news. Look here for all the news worthy stories in the Direct Selling/Multi-Level Marketing Industry! Cites Legal Expert, Jeffrey Babener on FTC Business Opportunity Rule

CNBC Senior Stocks Commentator, Herb Greenberg, evoked the expertise of leading MLM attorney, Jeff Babener, in the Commentator’s blog post “How Multi-Level Marketers Dodged a Bullet.”

CNBC  – January 9, 2013

In his article, Commentator Greenberg discussed the effect lobbying dollars spent by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) and Herbalife assisted in the exclusion of consultants from the Business Opportunity Rule, enacted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Attorney Babener’s (editor of and ) widely read article titled “The New FTC Business Opportunity Rule – MLM/Direct Selling Exemption Recognized” was quoted saying:

In March 2012, the direct selling industry has occasion to celebrate what a united industry, companies and distributors, can achieve if everyone pulls oars together in the same direction. The fruits of their labor are apparent in a newly-forged, positive relationship with the primary federal agency that regulates a channel distribution…”

He added: “In its final FTC Business Opportunity Rule, the FTC stated its clear intention to relieve companies and distributors from what might have been very onerous conditions of recruitment that would have dramatically impaired the ability of distributors to build their businesses.

Jeff Babener’s positive impact on the direct selling industry is widespread. His comments on the proposed FTC Rule were cited several times in the FTC Staff Report, and his efforts, along with many others in the industry, contributed to the FTC decision to effectively exclude MLM, Direct Selling, and Network Marketing Companies, and their millions of distributors, from potentially onerous impact on the Direct Selling Industry.

See his comments to the FTC: FTC Proposed Business Opportunity Rule: Speaks Out.

To read more about the Proposed Business Opportunity Rule, visit the following links:

FTC Guidelines on Endorsements and Testimonials
FTC Guidelines Resource Center
FTC Guidelines Endorsements and Testimonials: Detailed Analysis
FTC News Release on Endorsements and Testimonials
FTC Complete Guidelines Release
FTC Short Version Guidelines Release
FTC Examples of Material Connection
FTC Regulation of Advertising

What is the Relationship between MLM and the FTC? Video

Make sure to visit our blogs for the latest information on the direct selling industry: MLMLegal Blog Home and MLM Attorney Blog Home

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