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SAG Allocation Guidelines Trump Settlement Deal - In the first decision interpreting the Screen Actors Guild 2009 Commercials Contract Allocation Guidelines, an arbitrator ordered a signatory to double its payments to...more

Amendments to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP)

The Gambling Commission has recently published part one of three publications detailing the changes to be introduced to the LCCP to coincide with the new point of consumption regime in Great Britain. Parts two and three are...more

Advertising Law

SPECIAL FOCUS: Supreme Court Adopts Broad Standing Test for False Advertising Plaintiffs - On March 25th, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion regarding the test for standing in false advertising cases...more

OFT Principles for Online and In-App Games Now in Force

On 1 April, the OFT’s principles for online and in-app games came into force. The principles aim to ensure that consumers are made aware of in-game costs before downloading the application in question, with a view to stopping...more

Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchases Round Two: Google Faces Class Action

Just two months after Apple’s settlement with the FTC over lax parental controls over children’s in-app purchases, Google takes the spotlight with claims of unauthorized children’s in-app purchases in the Google Play Store!...more

UK: Advertising watchdog publishes guidance to the gambling industry

The UK’s advertising regulator has published a new Help Note on the rules for gambling advertisements to assist the industry to be responsible and to ensure that children, as well as vulnerable people, are protected....more

Fashion, global e-commerce and harmonized legislation

We discussed fashion and online retail and the new related legal issues. When a fashion company decides to approach e-commerce, it is likely that it will deal with different jurisdictions, taking into account, for...more

ASA Adjudication on Club Website Ltd

The Advertising Standard Authority (“ASA”)’s January decision in respect of “Club Website Limited” demonstrates a continuation of its approach to protecting children from being influenced by gambling advertising....more

German Federal High Court underlines the legality of a linkage between a consumer’s purchase and his/her participation in a raffle...

According to its press release, the German Federal High Court (“BGH”) decided on 12 December 2013 (1 ZR 192/12) that Haribo was allowed to advertise raffles in which only customers who bought specific products were allowed to...more

Australia: South Australian Premier agrees to remove “Gambling starts with Games” advertisements

In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2013

BETTING AND GAMING - UK: 12-year ban for snooker match fixing - The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing....more

Around the Virtual World: October 21-25, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. A Senator Raises Privacy Questions About Cross-Device Tracking - Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of...more

UK: OFT publishes results of freemium study

The UK’s consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, has published the results of its consultation into the business practices of games providers, with a particular focus on the relationship between such products and the...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 12, 2013

Actress Claims Sponsorship Deal Soured Over “#spon” - Did the use of a hashtag cause Sensa Products, a weight loss company, to commit fraud and to breach its contract with celebrity endorser and Academy Award-winning...more

UK: Government’s Culture Media and Sport Committee launches inquiry into online safety

The committee which reports to the UK Parliament on the activities of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking input on various aspects of online safety. This inquiry is part of the Government’s campaign to make...more

UK: Advertising claims – do statements of opinion or objective fact require substantiation? The ASA decides

In an interesting adjudication on the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, the ASA holds that the level of sophistication of the audience at which an ad is aimed, and therefore the effectiveness of a disclaimer used in that ad, has...more

Fox Can't Maintain Action on Ads It Has No Copyright

Fox Broadcasting Company can’t maintain a copyright action against Dish Network’s product that enables Dish customers to skip over commercials because Fox doesn’t own the copyright to the commercials, an appellate court found...more

Advertising Law -- Jun 13, 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE: Manatt and Mergermarket Release New Study on U.S.-China Deal Activity in Entertainment, Advertising and Digital Media Sectors - Investment and M&A activity between the U.S. and China in the...more

Advertising Law -- Jun 07, 2013

SPECIAL FOCUS: CFPB - The Dodd-Frank Act provides that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") may take action against certain persons who engage in unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices....more

Judge Slams Copyright Troll Attorneys

A federal judge has referred a band of copyright troll attorneys to their respective state and federal bars for their “moral turpitude unbecoming of an officer of the court.” The judge also referred the attorneys to the U.S....more

Advertising News & Analysis - May 2, 2013

In this issue: - NY Court Finds Name-Dropping Remains Protected in Art and Music - FTC Announces Staff Report on Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule - FTC Solicits Comments on Proposed Changes to...more

Chicago Casino Development Authority Act - AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1739 re Internet Gaming

Illinois iGaming Bill: Chicago Casino Development Authority Act - AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1739 re Internet Gaming (Sen. Terry Link) --- On March 6th, 2013, Senate Bill 1739 was introduced in Illinois by State Senator...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 08, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Linda Goldstein Invited to Speak at ERA’s Great Ideas Summit; Lance Armstrong’s Confession Leads to Legal Action . . . Will Endorsers Follow Suit?; “Business Coaching” Defendants Settle with...more

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