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Advertising Law - December 2016

$30M Judgment for Green Coffee Weight Loss Defendant - An executive behind a green coffee weight loss product scam was hit with a $30 million judgment in a recent Federal Trade Commission action in Florida federal...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #4

CARU Emphasizes Accurate Performance, Use Presentations for Children - Two recent Children's Advertising Review Unit decisions emphasize the importance of providing accurate performance and use presentations for products...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

What to Expect from the FTC

Our colleague Bill MacLeod, chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, penned the following blog post on what we might expect at the FTC...more

Deceptive Weight Loss Marketing Results in $30 Million Judgment

A federal judge for the Middle District Court of Florida has entered a $30 million judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and against NBA Advertising, Inc. and its owner. We had previously blogged about...more

FTC Issues Long-Awaited Enforcement Policy on OTC Homeopathic Drugs

We reported a few weeks ago about a new warning from FDA related to the safety of certain teething-related, non-prescription homeopathic drug products, and in that post we mentioned that both FDA and the Federal Trade...more

FTC Settles With Sales Lead Generators For $100,000

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled a claim against the Consumer Education Group for $100,000 regarding alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The...more

Federal Court Revives Suspended Judgment Against Text Message Marketing Company Principal        

In a decision that should grab the attention of marketers who operate through all media, a federal court has lifted a suspended judgment awarded to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) against the owner of a text message...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

FTC Hits Telemarketer for Calling Consumers on Do Not Call List

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined the Consumer Education Group $100,000 for making millions of illegal telemarketing calls to consumers who were on the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, including pre-recorded robocalls...more

Advertising Law - November 2016

Ken Bone: Breakout Star, Violator of FTC Guides? - One thing folks on both sides of the political aisle can agree upon is that Ken Bone left the second presidential debate as a breakout star. But he may have tripped up...more

The FTC's Crackdown on Social Media #Ads

In the ongoing effort to reach the hearts and minds of consumers, brands are increasingly looking beyond the traditional media outlets of radio, print and television. The recent meteoric rise and diversity of social media...more

FTC Settles Telemarketing Sales Rule Claim for $2.3 Million

On November 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with a “collection of entities” known as Consumer Education Group (“CEG”) for alleged violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the “TSR”). ...more

FCC Orders Far-Reaching New Privacy and Data Security Rules

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has handed down sweeping new privacy and security rules for Internet service providers (ISPs). On Thursday, October 27, 2016, a sharply divided commission voted to...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #4

New in False Advertising Suits: "Natural" Claims, Healthy Beverages - Demonstrating that the focus on health-related claims has not abated, two new class actions were filed challenging the "natural" labels for deli meat...more

FTC to Take Additional Steps to Rein in Influencer Marketing?

Last week, two advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) taking direct aim at the burgeoning influencer marketing industry. The complaint implores the agency to take enforcement action...more

Manufacturer Settles FTC “Made in USA” Lawsuit

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that Georgia-based glue manufacturer Chemence, Inc. (“Chemence”) has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with Chemence’s...more

Guidelines for Privacy Certifications and Trustbrands

Privacy certifications, or “trustbrands,” are seals licensed by third parties for organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization which has...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

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

No Protection for Network Marketing Provider That Had Knowledge and Authority to Control Deceptive Conduct of Affiliates

In Federal Trade Commission v. LeadClick Media, LLC, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17383 (2nd Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit recently held that an affiliate marketing network provider could be subjected to liability under the Federal...more

FTC Clamps Down on Nationwide Deceptive Marketing Campaign

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently filed suit against several related companies in connection with a nationwide campaign of deceptive marketing and billing practices....more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Individual Who Operated Payday Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $1.3 billion judgment against the individual operator of several payday lenders and related servicing and marketing companies in a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal district...more

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