Advertising Law Newsletter - April 22, 2011

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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 Vacuum, Air Cleaner Claims.

Excerpt From 'Tesla Sues...':

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors has filed suit against the BBC over a Top Gear television show episode that portrayed a Tesla Roadster that purportedly ran out of electricity and stopped on the show’s test circuit while racing a gas powered Lotus Elise.

The show aired in December 2008, but continues to appear on the Internet, a Top Gear DVD, and on repeats of the show.

Tesla is alleging libel and malicious falsehood, and is seeking to enjoin the BBC from any further broadcasting or publication of the episode.

Please see full publication below for more information.

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