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Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency Advertising

Facebook announced yesterday that it will no longer accept advertising for Bitcoin and other cryptocurriences.  

Facebook's new...

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Woof! NAD Reviews Environmental and Food Safety Claims

Claims made by Olivet were challenged before NAD by Van Ness Plastic Molding Company, Inc., a competing manufacturer of plastic pet food...

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CARU Referral to FTC Leads to CARU Compliance

Recently, the Children's Advertising Review Unit ("CARU") referred a television commercial for UCool's Heroes Arena virtual world app to...

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Cause Marketing Hits the Super Bowl

In what is being marked as a departure from previous Super Bowl advertising, this year's line-up includes several cause-based ads,...

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IAB Publishes Influencer Guide

Like brands, publishers are now also employing influencer marketing as a tool to reach consumers in new ways.  The social media,...

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Jessica Simpson Sued Over Social Media Photo

Splash News and Picture Agency ("Splash News") is suing Jessica Simpson, alleging that she infringed the news agency's copyright by...

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Atari, Nestle Settle Suit Over "Breakout" Kit Kat Commercial

On January 24, 2018, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed Atari’s copyright infringement case against Nestle following a...

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Love Can't Auto-Renew (without consent)

Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced today a settlement in a consumer protection action against eHarmony. The action was...

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Grumpy Cat has the Last Word in 710K Win

A jury awarded the owners of Grump Cat 710K in a copyright, trademark, and breach of contract case against Grenade Beverage.

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Burger King Dives into Net Neutrality Debate

To illustrate what critics say will happen in the absence of net neutrality rules, Burger King's new "ad" shows customers freaking out in...

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Are Your Influencer's Engagement Numbers Real?

Influencers are without a doubt an important part of the marketing mix for brands today.  One of the primary ways that brands judge...

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Luck of the Irish

Roll out the clichés, it seems that the gambling regime in Ireland is due for a long-overdue overhaul. 

This is likely to be of...

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What Does An FTC Violation Cost in 2018?

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") just announced what the new maximum civil penalty is for violations of FTC consent orders and rules....

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NFL Rejects "Please Stand" Ad From Veterans Group

The NFL has rejected a print advertisement submitted by a veterans group for inclusion in the Super Bowl commemorative program.  

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Hat Company Settles With FTC Over "Made in USA" Claims

The Bollman Hat Company entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), agreeing to stop making false claims that...

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FTC Provides Shutdown Update

This morning, the FTC formally announced that it is closed due to the government shutdown.  Here's a quick recap:

1.   The FTC's...

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AdoreMe Not So Adorable says FTC

The FTC recently announced a $1.3 million settlement with online lingerie seller, AdoreMe.  The FTC charged AdoreMe with falsely...

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What Happens at the FTC During a Government Shutdown?

Although the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") hasn't issued a formal statement about its response to the current shutdown of the federal...

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FTC Releases FAQs on CIDs

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released FAQs for small businesses on what to do when you have received a Civil Investigative Demand...

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FTC Green-Lights Changes to Fuel Economy Guide

In 1975, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adopted the Fuel Economy Guide (the “Guide”) to provide guidance on how to avoid making...

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FTC Touts its 2017 Accomplishments

FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen just released a summary of the FTC's major accomplishments over the last year.   

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Global Deceptive Pricing Webinar on February 28

On February 28, 2018, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance is hosting the webinar, "Avoiding Deceptive Pricing: Top 10 Tips for Global...

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Flu Shot Reminder Text Doesn't Violate TCPA

In the continuing battle between would-be class action plaintiffs and entities relying on text messaging to communicate with consumers...

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France Continues to Focus on Transparency Issues

Following last year's updated self-regulatory guidance in France that says that influencers must disclose their connection to advertisers...

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FTC Updates Endorsement Guide FAQs and Settles First-Ever Action Against Individual “Influencers”

Recent developments demonstrate the FTC's continued interest in social media endorsements.

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UK ASA Says to Expect Further Influencer Enforcement

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") said that it is planning to continue its influencer-related enforcement in 2018....

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ANA to Acquire WOMMA

Earlier this month, the Association of National Advertisers ("ANA") announced that it is acquiring the Word of Mouth Marketing...

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FTC Announces Reforms to Its Investigative Process

The FTC announced a set of internal reforms intended to improve the process by which the Commission investigates unfair, deceptive and...

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FTC Settles With Marketer Over Cancer Treatment Claims

CellMark BioPharma and its CEO have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") charges that they marketed cancer treatment...

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NAD Re-Opens Case from 1994

P&G, maker of Metamucil, challenged claims by GlaxoSmithKline for its competitive laxative product, Citrucel.  GSK claimed,...

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COPPA Violation Results in $650,000 Penalty

A complaint by the DOJ and FTC stated that the Kid Connect application by VTech collected children's information in violation of COPPA...

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H&M Pulls Ad After Racism Allegations

H&M pulled an online advertisement promoting a sweatshirt that features the phrase "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle," which was modeled...

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Walmart Sued Over Egg Claims

Walmart was sued this week in federal court in California over claims that it misled consumers about the source of its Organic Marketside...

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Only Use Images from Your Own Game In Advertising

The ASA recently found that Funplus, developer of King of Avalon: Dragon Warfare should only use images from its own game in advertising.

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U.S.S. Callister vs U.S.S. Enterprise

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NAD Recommends Dr. Harold Katz Discontinue Health Claims

The National Advertising Division has recommended that Dr. Harold Katz, LLC, discontinue certain advertising claims -- challenged by...

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IAB & 4As Release Video Addendum

On January 4th, the Interactive Advertising Bureau ("IAB") and the American Association of Advertising Agencies ("4As") released for...

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NY Attorney General Warns Against Price Gouging

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned business against price gouging during this week's winter storm.  New York law...

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2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts Released

The ANA-4A's Joint Policy Committee ("JPC") on Broadcast Talent Union Relations just announced that the new 2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials...

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Court Dismisses "Organic" Labeling Lawsuit

This week, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Organic Consumers Association ("OCA") against Hain Celestial Group Inc....

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FTC Issues Guidance to Multi Level Marketers

Companies like Mary Kay, Amway and Herbalife will be paying close attention to today's news from the FTC.

In a series of Q&As, the FTC...

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Flu Shot Reminder Text Message Didn't Violate TCPA

In the continuing battle between would-be class action plaintiffs and entities relying on text messaging to communicate with consumers...

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Game Apps Listen While You Watch Television

The Alphonso software is a collection of more than 250 games. In addition to the obvious use, the software is capable of listening to...

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Eataly Ad Criticized For Message About Italians

An Eataly advertisement which reads "Bring Home An Italian - Worth the Smell," has gotten some negative attention for its messaging about...

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Apple Requires Loot Box Odds Disclosure

Advertising law practitioners may want to consider what a recent change in Apple video game developer rules means for the ever-popular...

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Proposed Class Action Over "Real Butter" Claim

A consumer just brought a proposed class action against Schwan's Co., the maker of Mrs. Smith's pies, alleging that its "real butter"...

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NYC DCA Settles Charges Over Use of Promo Codes

In December, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs ("DCA") entered into a settlement with Brooklinen, a bedding company....

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Indiana AG Sues Hotel Over Consumer Review Policy

In December, the Indiana Attorney General sued a small Indiana hotel, alleging that the hotel charged a customer a $350 fee for posting a...

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FTC's "Top Ten" Year in Review

Happy new year! 

The FTC's Lesley Fair wrapped up the year on the FTC blog with her own top ten list.  Only time will tell...

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