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Just Push the Button! Instagram’s Response to Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In April, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), after reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and social media influencers, issued 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers about the FTC’s requirements that...more

What the *TM*?!?! The Disparagement Clause has been Bleeped.

by Knobbe Martens on

Trademark law is an important form of protection for the fashion and beauty industry. It protects both brand owners and consumers by regulating the registration of brands, or source identifiers, of fashion and beauty...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

The Value of a Life: Standing to Sue Your Company in a Gamified World

No matter how small it seems to you, if your company offers a reward to consumers as encouragement to market your goods or services, then your company should not remove or expire that reward without notice and a rational...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #4

Massachusetts AG Fences off Geofencing Ad Campaign - In what appears to be the first time a consumer protection law was used to object to a company engaging in GPS-based ad targeting, Copley Advertising settled with...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

Influencer Marketing: The FTC's Evolving Policies on Paid Promotion Disclosure

by Knobbe Martens on

Rapid Growth of Influencer Marketing - With more consumers cutting the cord to their TVs and paying for premium subscriptions or ad blockers to avoid advertising, social media has become an important medium through which...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties

by Field Law on

Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL or the Act) has been in force since July 1, 2014 and a number of substantial penalties have been imposed under its terms, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

Everything You Need to Know About Texting Your Listeners

Elaine Bonin of Franklin, Wisconsin received several sports scores via text courtesy of CBS Radio but did not recall signing up. Like any good citizen, recognizing that under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act she might...more

NBA Team Sued By Fans Over Mobile Application

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, a putative class action was brought against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors concerning the team’s mobile application. According to the complaint, the free app provides an interactive experience for fans by...more

Does Pokémon GO Lure You in With A Dangerous Privacy Policy and Terms of Use?

by Jaburg Wilk on

For years, we have been lamenting that our young people spend too much time indoors playing computer games and not enough time outside or connecting with others. Yet, those same critics now condemn young Pokémon Go players...more

NFL Must Play Good Defense In DirectTV Sunday Ticket Deal Row

Greenberg Glusker entertainment and sports partner Glen A. Rothstein, was quoted in a Law360 article, “NFL Must Play Good Defense In DirectTV Sunday Ticket Deal Row,” (subs. required). The August 18, 2016, article looks at...more

Pokémon GO: An Indicator of Product Liability in the App Economy

by Wilson Elser on

As a big law firm involved in the defense of Product Liability cases, of course we are interested in how Product Liability law will evolve to address the App Economy. Mobile apps (apps) are software applications designed...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

FTC Acts Against Warner Brothers’ YouTube Promotion Campaign: Disclosure of Affiliation Below the “Fold” Is Not Enough

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

Riding the Initial “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon: Branding Basics

by Reed Smith on

Pokémon Go, released July 6, has unleashed a swarm of hopeful Pokémon trainers into the world, seeking to, as Pokémon famously says, “catch ‘em all.” And while Pokémon Go users are traversing cities, towns and hamlets to...more

FTC Continues to Scrutinize Social Media Influencer Programs

This week, as part of its ongoing focus on influencer programs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges against Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Inc. regarding its use of such a campaign to market the video game...more

Game Over: Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges Relating to Video-Based Influencer Campaign

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this week, the FTC announced that Warner Brothers entered into a consent order as a result of a complaint charging failure to adequately disclose that the video game publisher paid influencers to promote a new video...more

Updating the AVMS Directive: making VoD services pay?

by Reed Smith on

Our latest client alert on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy sets out some of the key aspects of the most recent proposal from the Commission relating to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and...more

FTC Prevails in Action against Amazon for Unlawfully Billing Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Purchases

In the wake of thousands of parental complaints about unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, resulting in millions of dollars in disputed charges, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) brought suit against...more

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