The FTC recently permanently banned defendants in a deceptive practices suit from selling work-at-home business opportunities under seven regulatory settlements.
Last May, the FTC filed a complaint alleging that 20 companies and individual defendants lied to consumers about building and hosting websites that would enable them to profit when purchasing from “Fortune 500” retailers.
Defendants named in the the FTC’s original and amended complaint include North America Marketing and Associates, NAMAA, TM Multimedia Marketing of Nevada, TM Multimedia Marketing of Arizona, National Opportunities of Nevada, National Opportunities of Arizona, World Wide Marketing and Associates, Wide World of Marketing, Precious Metals Resource, Guaranteed Communications, Superior Multimedia Group, Joseph Wayne Lowry, Kimberly Joy Birdsong, Sarah Lynne Stapel, Alyisse Maloi Tramel, Daniel Vigil, Tracy Jerome Morris, Sheila Ann Lowry, Carl Edward Morris Jr. and Marketing Strategies.
In addition to the ban on selling work-at-home business opportunities, the FTC settlement also prohibits the misrepresentation of material facts about any products or services, collecting money from customers, violating the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule or selling consumers’ personal information.
The settlements impose a suspended $17.9 million judgment against each defendant, except for Stapel, who is subject to a $78,070 judgment. Judgments against Morris and Stapel were suspended due to their inability to pay, while the judgments against the others will be suspended when the corporate defendants have surrendered assets frozen by the court.