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Supreme Court Opens Door to Food and Beverage Label Challenges Under Lanham Act

The United States Supreme Court paved the way on June 12 for competitors to challenge FDA-regulated food and beverage labels under the Lanham Act. The Court's opinion in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co, is the latest...more

Disappearing Act Fails – Maryland Attorney General and FTC “snap” back at Snapchat

Recently, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced that it reached a settlement with Snapchat, Inc. over alleged deceptive trade practices in violation of Maryland law and violations of federal laws that are intended...more

Ninth Circuit Agrees with FTC that Online Marketing Program Was an Unlawful "Pyramid Scheme"

The legal status of many membership programs promoted via social media and spam has been called into question by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed a judgment that one such...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Overstock Case Could Alter the Landscape of Price Comparison Advertising

A California court ruled earlier this month that Overstock must pay a roughly $6.8 million penalty to settle claims that the retailer “routinely and systematically” made false and misleading claims about the prices of its...more

FTC Approves Consent Order Regarding “Made in USA” False Claims

Under the Federal Trade Commission’s 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims, in order to say a product is made in the USA, “all or virtually all” of the product has to be U.S.-made. All significant parts and...more

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Violation of Telemarketing Sales Rule

The CFPB filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against a debt-relief service company alleged to have violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and engaged in deceptive...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 25, 2013

In this issue: - Venable Welcomes Randy Miller - FTC Survey Estimates Fraud Affected 25.6 Million Americans in 2011 - New Florida Law May Axe Charitable Promos, Cause Marketing Campaigns - What to...more

What’s That Charge on My Mobile Phone Bill? The FTC Wants to Know

“Cramming” – while it sounds like the experience of being in the middle row of a cross-country flight – actually refers to unauthorized charges on phone bills. Residential and business telecommunications customers have...more

Is the FTC Decision in POM Wonderful a Game Changer? Only Time (and a Pending Appeal) Will Tell

The saga of POM Wonderful, and the ongoing fight over its advertising, is a topic we have covered quite a bit on this blog. While the consumer class action involving POM was recently dismissed, a recent decision by the...more

Sustainability Claims Warrant Extra Caution

Originally published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on February 28, 2013. National Public Radio recently ran a series on "sustainable" seafood claims which raised concern regarding the validity of certain...more

FTC. v. Wyndham Litigation

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been active in recent years pursuing companies that suffer data security breaches and arguably failed to live up to the data security standards promised in their privacy policies....more

Alaska Supreme Court Broadens Scope of Unfair Trade Practices Liability for Businesses’ Representations Concerning Their Goods

On March 30, 2012, the Alaska Supreme Court significantly expanded the scope of Alaska’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (“UTPA”) in a manner that will increase the risk of liability for businesses that make representations about...more

FTC Consent Order Requires Myspace Privacy Assessments for 20 Years: How Can You Keep the FTC Out of Your Space?

Once again, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning to companies with online privacy policies: if your privacy policy misrepresents protection of users’ personal information either directly or indirectly, you...more

FTC Settles Privacy Claims Against Myspace

On May 8, the FTC announced an agreement with Myspace to settle government allegations that the social networking service misrepresented the protections offered by its privacy policy. The policy promised consumers that...more

Advertising Law -- April 27, 2012

In This Issue: Duracell Battery Class Action Lawsuit; Class Action Settlement Seeks To “Stop” GameStop’s Allegedly Deceptive Marketing Practices; Commercial Email with Falsified or Misrepresented Header Information...more

FTC Files Complaint Against Weight Loss Promoter

The FTC and the State of Connecticut has jointly filed a complaint against a promoter of weight loss and “colon cleanse” products based in Connecticut. The complaint seeks stop the promoter from allegedly using fake news...more

In The Matter of "Verizon Wireless"

Complaint, Request for Investigation, Injunction, and Other Relief

EPIC Files Complaint, Urges FTC to Investigate Verizon's Recent Changes to Privacy Practices EPIC filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Verizon Wireless has engaged in unfair and deceptive...more

Should FTC Sue Law Schools For Misrepresentation?

On May 25, 2011, a class action was filed against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego for intentionally misrepresenting employment data of recent alumni. The complaint states that in order to continue...more

California Court Dismisses UCL Claim Over Fiji Water

Sometimes a green drop is just a green drop. Last week, the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, dismissed a purported class action against the owners of Fiji Water, finding as a matter of law that the...more

Advertising Law Newsletter - April 22, 2011

In this issue: Tesla Sues BBC Over TV Show Depiction; CAN-SPAM Applies to Facebook Messages, Court Rules; FDA Proposes Rules for Calorie Disclosure; Will California Enact Its Own Privacy Law?; and FTC Settles with Oreck Over...more

Advertising Law - July 2, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Olive Garden Asserts It Did Not Pull Letterman Ads *Feds Seize $34 Million From Online Poker Pots *Lawsuit Targets KFC Oprah Promo *Protecting Your Identity Online Can Be An Ongoing Battle *Liquor Ads...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *FTC Announces Record Telemarketing Fraud Sweep *Craigslist and eBay in Court Over Online Classified Ad Sites *Study Finds Comcast and Cox Obstruct File-Sharing *MySpace Wins $230 Million Award Against...more

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