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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.

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5 out of 5 stars.

I cannot thank you enough for what you [Chris Collins] and Charlene [Howlett] have done for me! I was so wary and anxious about beginning the legal process, but you and Charlene expertly guided me through it all, every step of the way. Charlene’s timely, patient responses and quick results when dealing with my own insurance company were all truly amazing. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your kindness, thoughtfulness, patience and steady support when I felt so unsure and my head was spinning. The outcome was an amazing, surprise, surpassing my hopes. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. From the bottom of my heart I thank you so very much! - C.E.

5 out of 5 stars.

I am very thankful to have been represented by Marie [Tukara] in what started as a high conflict marriage separation. I wanted to fight back as hard as possible, but not compromise my own integrity and sense of fairness. Marie was the right lawyer for me, as her integrity and desire for fairness, especially with respect to the children, was in line with my own. I found her to be incredibly competent and efficient in synthesizing a complex story into a concise response for legal documentation. In short, with Marie I was able to neutralize a large amount of unfairness delivered my way without having to stoop to the other party’s level, which is what any self-respecting person would ultimately want from their lawyer in my position. - A.S.

4 out of 5 stars.

When my husband and I bought a business, we chose Siskinds as we had a friend working there. Our purchase was relatively straightforward, and the lawyers involved gave us just the right amount of advice and legal support. They kept the amount of work inline with the size of our business, which was great. I'm giving four stars as our work wasn't complicated, but I wanted to say that you shouldn't be afraid of using a big firm like Siskinds for anything you need. -L.G.