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FTC Puts Social Media Influencers on Notice for Possible Violations of the Truth-in-Advertising Laws

Does that actress with the glowing skin really use the luxury moisturizer she keeps raving about on Instagram? What about that NBA player you’re following? Did he actually pay for the pricey new sneakers he’s showing off in...more

FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Halting Alleged Debt Relief Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the FTC filed a Complaint in Federal Court against Strategic Student Solutions and a number of related companies that claim to provide debt relief services. According to the Complaint, rather than providing...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #3

FTC Emphasizes Disclosures in Letters to Influencers, Marketers - Influencers and marketers must clearly disclose their relationships, the Federal Trade Commission reiterated in more than 90 letters sent by the agency...more

Banging the Disclosure Drum: The Once Blurry Line between Advertiser and Influencer Continues to Come into Focus

As we have written about time and time again, and as celebrities and influencers gain more and more followers on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, they must exercise care when endorsing the use...more

Bill Potentially Impacting “Made in USA” Claims Undergoing Committee Review

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has scheduled a reading this week of the proposed S. 118 Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of 2017. The bill proposes to amend the Violent Crime Control...more

Updates Regarding the FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

by Buchalter on

In July of 2015, I wrote about the New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media. I discussed the FTC’s rationale, concerns and stance on using social media to advertise and promote products. At the time, when the...more

#SocialMedia #Endorsement #Disclosures #Sponsored (notthispost): FTC Warns Social Media Influencers and Advertisers about Failure...

Recognizing the growing role of social media and influencers in marketing today, the Federal Trade Commission announced on April 19 that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and marketing executives...more

FTC Letters to Endorsers Highlight Need for Transparency in Social Media Advertising

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission sent letters to online influencers and marketers regarding disclosure obligations in social media endorsements....more

Social Links: Social media ad spend soars; the FTC sends special message to “influencers”; LinkedIn changes its terms of use

A New York State senator has introduced a bill that would make posting footage of a crime to social media with the intention of glorifying violence or becoming famous punishable by up to four years in prison and fines....more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Privacy and Data Security

Judge Trims Proposed Class Action Over Wendy’s Data Breach - Torres v. Wendy’s Int’l, LLC, No. 16-cv-0210 (PGB) (DCI) (M.D. Fla. Mar. 21, 2017). A U.S. district court judge in Florida trimmed a proposed class action...more

Your newest Instagram follower, the FTC: Agency reminds endorsers and marketers to #disclose with over 90 warning letters

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminded celebrities, social media influencers, and marketers that failing to disclose material connections to the products they endorse is #notokay. Please see full Publication below...more

False Advertising – Class Action Defense

by BakerHostetler on

Recent class certification decisions involving price comparison ads are prompting a large number of copycat suits, and retailers nationwide are carefully evaluating their sales advertising practices. Whether comparisons are...more

5 Key Takeaways: Retail & Consumer Goods Industry Team Presentation “In the Trenches with Social Media”

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Retail & Consumer Goods Team presented a webinar In the Trenches with Social Media, focusing on risk mitigation and solutions. Led by Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the firm’s New York office and chair of...more

Handling Advertising Disputes Through NAD Proceedings

by Revision Legal on

Disputes in advertising can be voluntarily resolved through a dispute resolution mechanism championed by the National Advertising Division (NAD). NAD is a division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus that handles...more

FTC Trains Its Sights on Social Media Influencers

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) has contacted, and questioned the product endorsement practices of, dozens of social media influencers – individuals who are powerful, popular and...more

Federal Trade Commission Reminder about Advertising Disclosures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In mid-April, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent out 90 letters to advertisers, celebrity endorsers and influencers who use their fame and the power of digital advertising to help promote products. The facts in each...more

Brands Beware!!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides

In response to a petition from a coalition of consumer groups last year complaining about the need for disclosures by social media influencers, the FTC recently announced on April 19, 2017 that it had issued more than ninety...more

Advertising Standards Authority Rules That Instagram Post Contained Inadequate Disclosure

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent ruling of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the U.K. highlights the global crackdown on sponsored posts that do not make clear that they are advertising. A complaint was filed with the ASA about an...more

Influencers and Advertisers Warned By FTC Over Instagram Posts

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and advertisers, reiterating the need for influencers to “clearly and conspicuously” disclose their...more

Environmental False Advertising: An Earth Day Green Guide Review

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, which means that a lot of consumers are going to be reminded to think green, and to buy green. What if your company is looking to access this vast market of environmentally-minded shoppers,...more

New York Attorney General Enters Digital Health App and Privacy Enforcement Fray: Announces Three Settlements with Health and...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 23, the New York Office of the Attorney General (“NY OAG”) announced Assurances of Discontinuance (“Settlements”) with three developers of health and fitness mobile apps. The Settlements appear to mark the NY OAG’s...more

FTC Closing Letters Show Continued Vigilance on “Made in USA” and Leniency for Cooperation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week the FTC issued three letters closing three separate investigations of advertising practices by three different businesses. The letters are notable for the two common themes present in each. First, each investigation...more

NetSpend Settles FTC Charges, Resolving Allegations that it Deceived Consumers over Access to Prepaid Funds

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with NetSpend over allegations that NetSpend deceived consumers by promising “immediate access” with “guaranteed approval” to money loaded on its general purpose...more

Massachusetts AG Settlement Bars Geofencing Near Medical Facilities

by BakerHostetler on

On April 4, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that it had settled with a digital advertiser following allegations the company was using geolocation technology to target ads to women visiting...more

Beware of Making Unsubstantiated Anti-Aging Claims

by Bryan Cave on

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers often tout the anti-aging effects of certain cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Of course, the term “anti-aging” is not intended to literally mean that a product prevents aging. ...more

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