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FTC obtains $9.5 million judgment against fraudulent sweepstakes operators

On February 11, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had accepted a $9.5 million settlement in a case brought against a sweepstakes operator for violating a previous FTC order. The settlement also permanently...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

Federal Law Changed to Allow Financial Institutions to Offer Savings Promotion Giveaways

Recent federal legislation paves the way for financial institutions in New York State to start offering promotions on savings accounts beginning September 23, 2015....more

UGC Update: Italian Regulators Address User-Generated Content Promotions

The power of user-generated content (“UGC”) as a promotional tool is ubiquitous and well understood; however, global marketers face challenges when trying to approach a campaign from an international perspective. A recent...more

Sweepstakes random drawings: Things a sponsor should know

I am often asked how random drawings should be conducted to select the winners of a sweepstakes. It sounds like a fairly simple request, but like most legal questions, “it depends.” For random drawings, it depends on the type...more

5 Most Popular eMediaLaw Posts of 2014

This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie?  This year we learned that no, the photographer...more

Consumer Groups Push FTC To Investigate Popular Candy Social Media Contest For Alleged Violations Of COPPA

According to a Request for Investigation filed with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on December 9, 2014, a coalition of consumer and children’s privacy rights organizations has asked for a federal investigation of the...more

Social media sweepstakes: 10 things you should know

“How did we have sweepstakes before Facebook?” That question, which I heard during a call last week, summarizes the tremendous impact that social media has had on the use of sweepstakes and contests. These promotions are more...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

Report from an Energized Brand Activation Association Marketing Law Conference

Ifrah Law is a proud member the Brand Activation Association (“BAA”). This week, we attended the BAA’s 36th annual BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago. Just as “Mad Men” reflects the 1960’s era advertising business, this...more

No Need to “Like” Us On Facebook: Some New and Some Old Contest and Sweepstakes Rules To Follow on Facebook and Beyond

Starting next week, businesses running contests and sweepstakes on Facebook will not be allowed to require users to “like” their pages as a condition of entry to a promotion. This practice, known as “like-gating,” has been...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #3

Permanent Ban From Prize Promotion Business After Sweepstakes Scam - A sweepstakes operator agreed to a permanent ban from the prize promotion business pursuant to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after...more

New York State to Allow Financial Institutions to Offer Savings Promotion Giveaways

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation allowing banks and credit unions in New York to offer savings promotion giveaways whereby depositors can be eligible to win prizes based on deposits made into a qualifying savings...more

Netherlands: Games of Chance Authority prepares a directive on promotional games of chance

Recently, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) approached several parties to provide input for the identification of existing uncertainties in the Code of Conduct for Promotional Games of Chance (“Code”). In reply to...more

SPECIAL FOCUS: He Likes Me. He Likes Me Not: Facebook Changes Its Policy On “Likes”

In an important development for advertisers who wish to use promotions to build their page “likes” on Facebook, the social media platform has changed its policy with regard to how advertisers may obtain a consumer’s “likes.”...more

FCA Publishes Supervisory Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

On August 6, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its guidance consultation on social media and customer communications (Guidance). The Guidance is intended to clarify and confirm the FCA’s approach to the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

Facebook Updates Platform Policy to Prohibit “Like-Gating”

Facebook's recently updated Platform Policy for developers states, "Only incentivize a person to log into your app, like your app's Page, enter a promotion on your app's Page, or check-in at a place. Don't incentivize other...more

Facebook Bans “Like-Gated” Promotions

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a significant upcoming change to a section of its policies that will affect the way promotions may be administered on Facebook. Effective November 5, 2014, “like-gating” a page (i.e....more

How to Enforce Terms of Service for Online Social Media Promotions and Contests

General Mills incurred blowback on social media earlier this year when it was suggested the company sought releases for all claims whatsoever from anyone who visited the company Facebook page. The truth, as always, was not as...more

7 important lessons from past FCC contest cases

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has brought a number of cases against broadcasters who conduct or advertise a contest on air. These cases range from failure to accurately disclose the end date for a sweepstakes, to a station’s...more

The FCC’s contest regulations: A primer

Our recent post about the possibility that the Federal Communications Commission will no longer require broadcasters to disclose contest rules in their advertisements brought several questions from readers. Most of the...more

Will the FCC allow online disclosure of contest rules? Stay tuned

Anyone who watches television or listens to the radio has heard a fast-talking announcer race through the abbreviated rules for a sweepstakes or contest . Or perhaps you’ve seen a copy of the official rules for only a second...more

Markit to Market - May 2014

In This Issue: - Scammers Still Be...Scamming - Contests – Check Rules Before Offering! - Catalogs as Specimens - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from Scammers Still Be...Scamming: Based...more

Contests – Check Rules Before Offering!

Contests can be a great way to engage consumers and create publicity for your business, and social media makes it easier than ever to promote a contest to a broad audience. However, there is more to setting up a successful...more

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