MLMLegal.com’s most requested FAQ this month answered in a video by MLM expert Attorney, Jeff Babener: How Many Level Deep (in the compensation plan) is it Legal to Go?

The issue of depth of levels seemed to be a major focus prior to the internet and other non-postal (mail) means of communication. In the late 1980’s, the U.S. Postal service examined the numbers of compensation plan levels to make a determination, whether or not, in its opinion, the depth of levels created a “lottery” element under U.S. Postal lottery laws, that forbid payment based on chance.

Various cases and consents sorted out a safe harbor (at least from the U.S. Postal Office standpoint) for at least four levels (not necessarily agreed to by the direct selling industry). Separately, the Postal Service looked for evidence of “supervisory requirements.” Most companies adopted specific supervisory requirements of sponsors to demonstrate some managerial activity by distributors.

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Introduction to MLM and Direct Selling VideoIntroduction to MLM and Direct Selling Video – MLM on Trial

Lead Travelmax Trial Counsel, Jeffrey Babener, explains to the Court the scope and breadth of the MLM industry with an overview of legal issues pertinent to the industry and to the trial of a pyramid case in the State of Kentucky. In addition, focus is made on the leading pyramid case in Kentucky involving Dare to be Great (1974).

An Inside Look at a MLM Trial – Jeff Babener Explains Direct Selling in Travelmax Trial – 1997

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WHAT?

The next Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference is quickly approaching! On May 16th & 17th, 2013 we are hosting the MLM Conference for the 25th year! This is now our 64th annual conference (held almost consistently three times per year over the last 24 years). All executives/owners of MLM, direct selling, network marking, and party plan companies are welcome to attend. This is the original MLM Startup Conference, hosted and perfected by direct selling industry expert, MLM Attorney Jeff Babener.

WHO?

Direct Selling Attorney, Jeff Babener, Founder of Babener & Associates and Sponsor of the MLM Startup Conference, has over 25 years of experience in the industry, representing companies such as Avon, Nikken, Melaleuca, Discovery Toys, Usana, and NuSkin.

MLM Industry Consultant, Mike Sheffield, with The Sheffield Group and Co-Sponsor of the MLM Startup Conference, has helped launch over 800 companies over the last 27 years.

Over the course of two days, you will hear from many leaders in the direct selling industry, who include:

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This blog post was created to bring you all the web pages, videos, and informational material about pyramid schemes vs. legitimate (legal) MLM companies from MLMLegal.com and MLMAttorney.com together in one place, for your convenience. This post is accurate to its publication date. Keep checking www.mlmlegal.com and www.mlmattorney.com for updates on the direct selling industry and pyramid schemes!

Here is a list of all the links within MLMLegal.com and MLMAttorney.com that focus primarily on pyramid schemes.

Videos

Short Course on Network Marketing: Q&A with Jeffrey Babener on Pyramid Schemes

From a Legal Perspective: The Difference Between a Pyramid Scheme and Legitimate MLM

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Interviewer: Jeff, let me ask you this question, what’s the difference between a legitimate direct sales opportunity and a pyramid scheme?

Jeff Babener: If you’re selling a product or service and it stands on its own in the marketplace and people would buy it because they want it, then you have a real, legitimate direct selling company. If on the other hand, the quality of the product is low, the price is high, then it merely becomes an excuse for people to buy the product because they want to qualify for the program in order to recruit others, make money, and earn commissions.

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