519 672 2121
519 672 2121
Close mobile menu

Siskinds is one of a very few firms in Canada with experience in the area of direct sales, multi-level and network marketing (“MLM”). MLM is a significant segment of the Canadian economy, and involves the distribution and sale of a wide range of products. MLM may be subject to pyramid selling or business opportunities laws in the United States, but is generally exempt from regulation under the franchise legislation. In Canada, MLM systems are subject to regulation federally under the Canadian Competition Act. Our group has experience with the legislative, common law and regulatory issues facing direct sellers and multi-level marketers.

We assist new and established MLMs in reviewing and writing documentation for the distributor, including sales kit materials, distributor agreements, and policies and procedures. Siskinds advises MLM companies on a wide range of legal matters, including licensing and bonding, registration (including specifically any mandatory filings by non-residents), pricing and competition restrictions, advertising and promotion review, distributor relations and disputes, sales tax or nexus-related issues, independent contractor issues, including unemployment classification, specific contractual requirements, statutory cancellation periods, labelling and packaging requirements, language requirements, trademarks, negative option selling, foreign expansion and other important issues.

Lawyers Across Our Firm

With over 80 lawyers who focus on diverse areas of the law, we can help you. Start here.

Find a Lawyer

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.

I am certainly grateful for Jill McCartney and Madeline McKinnon for all the time they spent on the class action for my and many others issue. People like me do not understand all the legal procedures and get impatient but the team was there to answer any questions or concerns no matter how many times I called or e-mailed and encouraged me to do so . In the end Jill made sure I totally understood the decisions.  Thank you so much for caring. Would recommend this firm anytime. - F.A.

5 out of 5 stars.

I am sincerely grateful to Leanne Kuchynski for representing my wife and I in what we considered to be an unprecedented situation. Leanne's compassion, practical advice, openness to feedback, brilliant strategic thinking and outstanding work ethic led to the most optimal outcome while maintaining a superior human experience. Despite the harsh realities of the situation, I felt extremely comfortable that our best interest was Leanne's utmost priority and was confident in her demonstrated ability. She was professional and exceptionally thorough, yet remained remarkably caring.

I use to have a somewhat cautious disposition towards lawyers based on past experiences; however, Leanne completely restored my faith in the profession and earned my unquestionable loyalty for all future legal needs. - S.M.

5 out of 5 stars.

“Knowledge is Power” is the driving force behind Catherine Bruni’s style of defense. Over the past decade Cathy has represented our firm with much success; the key factor being that Cathy knows every detail of the case, not only from the defense perspective, but the plaintiff’s side as well. Understanding the case from every angle gives our team an advantage, resulting in very favourable outcomes. Cathy’s straightforward approach has earned our respect and created a relationship of trust and confidence. Litigation is a stressful experience that can take away from one’s ability to operate a business. With Catherine Bruni as our advocate, we can continue to focus on the success of our business knowing that Cathy is managing one of the more difficult aspects of our business’s exposures. - A.P.