Direct Sales Industry

Success Stories

Defending Top-100 DSA Clients

Quarles & Brady has successfully defended top-100 Direct Selling Association clients in class actions and other lawsuits in claims relating to federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims, breach of warranty claims, and related consumer protection claims.

Advising Top Direct Selling Companies

Have successfully advised top direct-selling companies regarding responses to FTC Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) and have successfully handled investigations by attorney generals.

Providing Counsel and Defense

Quarles & Brady serves as lead outside counsel for one of the largest privately held direct sales companies in the world, with combined annual retail sales in excess of $1 billion, as well as providing legal advice to foreign related companies throughout the world. We have successfully defended claims asserted against our client and related entities for alleged antitrust, defamation, breach of contract, wrongful termination of distributorship agreements, and unfair competition. We also have successfully prosecuted the client’s claims relating to unfair competition and distributor raiding.

Always Going the Extra Mile

Quarles & Brady represents a group of multinational companies engaged in multilevel marketing, who were the subject of a series of large case audits under coordinated simultaneous examinations by the IRS and foreign taxing authorities. We have dealt directly with the foreign tax authorities, the international functions of the United States and foreign governments, and the IRS. To date, through several Tax Court cases, IRS appeals, and various taxing authority audits, the firm has saved these clients in excess of $90 million in taxes.

Growing with Technology

We have assisted multiple direct-sales companies regarding how to update their non-solicitation and non-competition provisions to cover new social media. We have also assisted companies in complying with new prior consent requirements relating to text messaging and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.