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The FTC requested a three-week delay in their trial against Neora on July 27.

The request was refused on August 5th, so unless the parties can agree, they will be heading for a legal battle.

Upon a motion by the FTC, the hearing was continued.

pressure has been applied to an already tight pre-trial timetable as a result of recent delays to the summary judgment briefing schedule and hearing date.

After the extensions, the parties will have until September 28 to present their pre-trial papers to the court, which was originally set for September 19. The court will then hear an oral argument on the party’s summary judgment applications.

This implies that the parties must submit, and the Court may review, new copies of their pre-trial papers that take into account the Court’s summary judgment determinations, such as amended pre-trial orders, witness lists, exhibit lists, deposition designations, findings of fact, and conclusions of law.

Any summary judgment result would leave just nineteen days until the trial, so the additional evidence would have to be submitted during that time.

In light of the scheduling problems brought on by the recent delays, the FTC proposes a short extension at most.

In any case, the judge was unconcerned, and the trial went through as planned.

The bench trial in this matter is set to commence at noon on October 17, 2022, and will follow the timetable attached to this order.

Opening speeches, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments will take up a total of 20 hours for each side.

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Neora (previously Nerium) in 2019, claiming the company operates as a pyramid scam.

Even if the FTC is successful in court, Neora and its owner, Jeff Olsen (right), will not be liable to compensate the victims of their fraud.

Although this is an unknown area, I believe that the FTC’s best-case scenario is to have an injunction granted. That means pyramid scam Neora will have to shut down.

The terms of the settlement between the FTC and Vemma were quite similar. After failing as a pyramid scam, Vemma never quite made it again.

Alternately, Neora would be vindicated and allowed to continue unfairly exploiting its customers.

In its complaint, the FTC claims that retail sales account for less than 1% of Neora’s total income. The authority also claims that more than 95% of Neora dealers lose money every single month.

Because of a business plan that emphasizes autoship recruiting of distributors, as discussed in this BehindMLM review.

Settlement talks have stalled over the years, but they might get up again. The matter was sent back to mediation on August 9 by the court.

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