Neora has added Maureen Ohlhausen, former acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to its legal team in the company’s case against the FTC. Ohlhausen is currently a partner at Baker and Botts LLP and will bring an expertise in consumer protection and competition to Neora’s upcoming battle. Prior to Baker and Botts LLP, Ohlhausen served as acting FTC chairman from 2017 to 2018 and as a commissioner starting in 2012. She has testified numerous times before Congress and been recognized with several awards, including the FTC’s Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award. Neora’s legal team will focus on the FTC recent “attempt to enact a new retroactive interpretation of how direct selling companies can operate,” according to Deborah Heisz, co-CEO of Neora.
The Neora lawsuit against the FTC has been dismissed and effectively transferred from New Jersey to Dallas, Texas, where Neora is headquartered. New Jersey was the preferred venue choice of the FTC when the matter’s dueling cases were filed. Neora requested the dismissal in order to file counterclaims in Dallas and combine into a single case.
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Prasad Gankanda, Young Living
Prasad Gankanda has joined the management team of Young Living as executive vice president of sales. He previously served as senior vice president of global sales operations. Gankanda joined Young Living in 2015 as director of international operations, after holding positions of increasing responsibility at MonaVie, focused on manufacturing and supply chain.