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Direct Selling in the Age of the Pandemic

Jul 7, 2020

 

COVID-19 has left millions of Americans unemployed and seeking new solutions to help them navigate the tough road ahead. Some have turned to the direct selling industry, chasing claims of financial freedom. The attorneys of the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) have been hard at work investigating questionable product and earnings claims from direct selling companies and working to get those claims removed from circulation.

 

Peter Marinello, DSSRC Vice President, and Howard J. Smith, one of DSSRC’s attorneys, help us explore the unique world of direct selling and fill us in on the COVID-related claims that have kept them busier than usual over the last several months.

Direct Selling in the Age of the Pandemic

Jul 7, 2020

 

COVID-19 has left millions of Americans unemployed and seeking new solutions to help them navigate the tough road ahead. Some have turned to the direct selling industry, chasing claims of financial freedom. The attorneys of the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) have been hard at work investigating questionable product and earnings claims from direct selling companies and working to get those claims removed from circulation.

 

Peter Marinello, DSSRC Vice President, and Howard J. Smith, one of DSSRC’s attorneys, help us explore the unique world of direct selling and fill us in on the COVID-related claims that have kept them busier than usual over the last several months.

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A globalized CBPR framework: Peering into the future of data transfers

Last month, at the IAPP’s Privacy. Security. Risk. 2021 conference, an important moment occurred that may have been easy to miss. During a panel discussion titled “The Evolution of International Privacy Policymaking in the U.S. Government," discussing data flow issues around the world, the DOC International Trade Administration's Christopher Hoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, dropped the clearest signals about the future of ITA’s work.
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When Organizations Market To Children, They Should Do So Responsibly

Today's generation of digital natives might be more comfortable navigating gaming and content platforms, but they face the same cognitive limitations — and vulnerabilities — that children always have. The gap between a child’s needs online and the safeguards in place to protect them in digital spaces has grown to the point where big players like Google and Facebook are making more of an effort to address these gaps.
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What Is Arbitration and What Should You Expect from It?

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution and is an alternative to litigation (going to court). In some cases, a process called mediation will precede arbitration. In fact, more than 60% of claims that come through AUTO LINE are resolved in mediation. But, if a dispute cannot be resolved in mediation, the claim will proceed to arbitration.
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The Potential Cost of Misleading Income Claims

The FTC recently put direct sellers, and other companies offering money-making opportunities, on notice: false promises about earnings potential and other aspects of a company’s business opportunity could subject the company to civil penalties. DSSRC published the Guidance on Earnings Claim for the Direct Selling Industry to reinforce fundamental tenets regarding the dissemination of earnings claims by direct selling companies and their independent salesforce members.
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Direct Selling in the Age of the Pandemic

Jul 7, 2020

 

COVID-19 has left millions of Americans unemployed and seeking new solutions to help them navigate the tough road ahead. Some have turned to the direct selling industry, chasing claims of financial freedom. The attorneys of the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) have been hard at work investigating questionable product and earnings claims from direct selling companies and working to get those claims removed from circulation.

 

Peter Marinello, DSSRC Vice President, and Howard J. Smith, one of DSSRC’s attorneys, help us explore the unique world of direct selling and fill us in on the COVID-related claims that have kept them busier than usual over the last several months.

 

 

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