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Court Squawks at Sanderson Farms' Motion to Dismiss

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Barr's Apologizes for Offensive Commercial

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FedEx Maintaining Ties with NRA, Despite Pressure

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FTC Sends Advertisers Back to NAD

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Worst Promotion Ever?

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FTC Takes Action to Protect Older Americans

In conjunction with an enforcement sweep led by the U.S. Department of Justice, which is aimed at stopping illegal schemes that exploit...

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Is "8" Enough?

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The New York-based dietary supplement seller, Telomerase Activation Sciences, Inc., and its CEO Noel Patton, have settled charges with...

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What are "Ancient Grains"?

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Snack Cake Offers Relationship Advice

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"Up to" Doesn't Mean "Up to"

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India Warns of Potential Action Against Pierce Brosnan

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FCC to Review "Kid Vid" Rules

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FTC Announces Regulatory Review Schedule

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Sacré bleu! More French rules which could impact advertisers worldwide

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Argentina Eliminates Promotion Registration Requirements

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New Testing Required?

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FTC Seeks Public Comments on Nursery Guides

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There's Blood in the Water

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Can Celebrities Use Paparazzi Photos of Themselves?

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What Does It Mean to be "Number One"?

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Website Apologizes for "Me Too" Advertising

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What's it Mean to be the "Original"?

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NAD Refers Dietary Supplement Ad to the FTC

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YouTube to Label State-Sponsored Videos

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Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Devumi

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Birds Eye Pulls Commercial Over Safety Concerns

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ICC Launches Free Online Course on Ethical Advertising

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Oh, We Don't Want To Talk Politics At the Big Game?

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Zimbabwe Relaunches Advertising Self-Regulation Program

With the economy improving in Zimbabwe, the country has relaunched its advertising self-regulation program, the Advertising Standards...

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