Since the departure of Chris Greco, the John Gopaul team, and the launch of Global Pros, and other wireless companies by former Panther IBRs, Panther Mobile has refused to pay commissions owed to current and former distributors. And the question we keep hearing is WHY?
Now here is the frustrating part for me personally. I can’t help the company or the distributors!
The company is not being open and honest because they are afraid something they say will be used against them, and the distributors did not seem to read our original post, or the Policies and Procedures they agreed to be bound by.
My personal experience has when a company refuses to talk, they are either hiding something or building a case. When it comes to Panther Mobile, I have been told in the past they are not interested in legal actions against Chris Greco, so I tend to believe they are not pursuing any legal action against purported credit card fraud by distributors either, and here is why I feel this way.
1. Since Kevin Sipes is a self-proclaimed rock star programmer, the redundancy of their database should be such, they can rebuild it and see who is owed money and who is not owed money.
2. If credit card fraud is an issue, their case would be more substantial if there is a track record of commissions being paid to those who committed the credit card fraud.
3. Others have gained “outside” access to their database and they did not refute or file criminal charges against this person or organization for corporate espionage, or any other civil or criminal action.
4. Panther Mobile has not publicly released any statement from their legal counsel telling them NOT to pay any commissions, nor has any of the purported distributors involved in the accused criminal actions been contacted by legal authorities, the merchant account processor, their credit card companies, or Panther legal counsel.
Now with that said, I can also say, the distributors who have not been paid, are not in the clear themselves and should understand they WILL NOT be paid any past commissions based on the current “Make American Shine Products, LLC aka Panther Mobile Policies and Procedures. And here’s why:
1. According to Panther P&Ps, 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.6, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, most if not all the distributors owed past commissions have broken one or all of these policies.
2. According to Panther Policy 3.8 the company it is within Panther’s right to suspend or terminate any and all distributors who violate the above mentioned policies, and to pursue them with civil or criminal actions. Although, since Panther purports to have no way of knowing who these distributors are, I’m not sure how they will enforce these policies… Unless, the current and former distributors notify them of commissions owed. Talk about a catch 22!
3. According to Panther Policy 4.10 Panther reserves the right to suspend any distributor for cause, at their discretion. During the suspension NO COMMISSIONS will be paid.
4. According to Panther Policy 4.11 An IBR can be terminated for violating ANY of the Policies. Termination will be delivered to the IBR via email or postal mail. (However since Panther doesn’t know for sure who all the distributors are because of the purported removal of personal information from the database, commissions are held legally until the IBR notifies the company, then instead of commissions, they may receive a termination notice.)
5. According to policy 4.12 ALL IBRs can appeal, within 10 days of the termination. The question this raises, is when does the 10 days start? At the termination by Panther, or the date the termination notice is received by the IBR?
This is why ALL distributors should read and fully understand ALL company Policies and Procedures.
It is also why ANYONE doing multiple-streams of income, had better know what they are doing, or they will pay a huge financial price.
I truly don’t know where all of this is going to end. However, I do know owners of Global Verge are actively going after any and all companies and individuals who have directly and indirectly effected their overall business success.
Based on the above, I would strongly suggest any MLM distributor looking to join a MLM Wireless Company they ask the following information before hanging your hat on the wireless company.
1. Are the founding distributors or company owners former reps in another MLM Wireless Company?
2. What is the MLM and/or business backgrounds of the company owners and officers?
3. What background do the owners and/or officers have in the wireless industry?
4. Who is/are the MLM consultant and/or MLM attorney who created the Policies, procedures, terms, conditions and the compensation plan?
5. What is the motive or vision behind the launch of the MLM Wireless Company?
6. Why type of carrier agreements are in place? What verification is presented to prove these agreements and/or licenses?
As a distributors in the middle of the MLM Wireless Wars, you may add to these questions.
Something else that is small, but I feel is important is the fact Panther calls their distributors IBRs (Independent Representatives) and not IBOs (Independent Business Owners). When you join any company, the title chosen for the field partners can give you an ideal of the corporate attitude towards their field force.
If you are looking to join any company and are currently representing another MLM opportunity, then make sure you are not violating ANY Policies and Procedures by launching a multiple stream of income business model using more than one MLM compensation structure.
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