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Five tips for ‘Mega Sponsors’ of sweepstakes and contests

Over the past 18 years, I have been very fortunate to represent several of what I call “Mega Sponsors” of sweepstakes and contests. My definition of a Mega Sponsor is a company that sponsors more than 50 sweepstakes or...more

March Madness: Trade Secrets Claims Block Billion Dollar Bracket

For those of us who revel in this time of year as amateur “bracketologists,” last year’s promise of the billion dollar bracket brought an added lottery-like level of fun to the NCAA basketball tournament. Even though the...more

Online Contests: Make Them Effective by Simplifying the Mechanics

Any good marketing department can tell you that easy-tounderstand contest mechanics are the working engine of an effective online contest. Recently, we have noticed a concerning trend online: Businesses often try to do too...more

No Purchase Necessary: Six Tips for Making Sure Your Online Prize Promotion is not an Illegal Lottery

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent $9.5 million judgment against sweepstakes operator Crystal Ewing is a stark reminder that prize promotions remain fertile ground for regulatory scrutiny both on the state and federal...more

“Surviving” the Madness: Are Paid-Entry Survivor Contests Legal?

The field is set, the brackets are in, and the players are ready. Welcome to March Madness, also known as America’s Least Productive Month. And much to the NCAA’s chagrin, it’s also peak gambling season—the American Gaming...more

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

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