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Sonny and Bobby Le, brothers from Anaheim California, caught the Federal Trade Commission’s attention with a series of websites (titled Infinity Trampolines, Happy Trampoline, and Trampoline Jumpers) through which they sold...more

FTC Tramples Fake Reviews

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Retailers often use product reviews to supplement advertising and drive sales. Such use has become more prevalent as sales shift from brick and mortar stores to internet sales, where splattering a webpage with purported...more

REAL CLE Credit and Also a Bit About FAKE Lawyers: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

These are two totally unrelated topics, by the way.... ...In the latest post in his excellent LawSites blog (What’s With These Fake Lawyer Blogs and Twitter Accounts?), Bob Ambrogi mentions that he has “five very loyal...more

The FTC Trims the Fat Off Even More Companies Selling Weight Loss Products

Hungry to prevent more companies from selling allegedly bogus weight loss products, the FTC has settled yet another false advertising suit against various sellers of diet pills, in a case similar to February’s Sale Slash...more

NY Attorney General Announces 4 Settlements Over False Endorsements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last year, we posted about a settlement between the FTC and Machinima over an influencer campaign. This week, the NY Attorney General announced a settlement with Machinima over the same campaign, along with settlements with...more

Frying Small Potatoes: Will Amazon’s Pursuit of Individual Fake-Review Writers Pay Off?

Amazon’s customer reviews have long been a go-to resource for consumers researching prospective purchases. Unfortunately, fake customer reviews—product critiques commissioned by merchants and manufacturers in an effort to...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - December 2015

In this month's highlights, a federal court rules that insurance coverage was triggered for the defense of garment hang tag "advertisements" in a trademark/copyright and unfair competition lawsuit…the California Supreme Court...more

Advertising Law - November 2015

Fantasy Sports Has a New Teammate: Nevada Gaming Commission - Nevada's Gaming Control Board announced that fantasy sports will be regulated like other forms of gambling, and ordered operators to halt operation in the...more

Software Comparison Site Feels the Crunch of the UK Regulator

by Reed Smith on

A UK website offering reviews of accounting software that was operated by TheAccountancyPartnership.com Ltd t/a Pandle (“Pandle”) was recently challenged by Crunch Accounting Ltd (“Crunch”) on purported misleading advertising...more

Advertising Law - May 2015

Amazon Sues Over Fake Reviews - In a new lawsuit, Amazon targeted one individual and four companies that allegedly wrote and posted fake reviews on the e-commerce giant’s site. Amazon’s Conditions of Use expressly...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #5

Paying for Consumer Reviews Gets Company FTC Action - Accused of failing to disclose that it gave cash discounts to customers to post online reviews, AmeriFreight and owner Marius Lehmann agreed to a settlement with...more

Landmark UK Judgment Against Author of False Online Review

When Google users searched for The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., they would not be able to miss a scathing review calling Mr. Bussey a “scumbag” who “loses 80% of his cases.” Discovery revealed the disgruntled “client” to be a...more

How Not To Market Your Business Online (Even If It Works): Claims Against Fake Review Sites And Stolen Obituary Photos Survive...

Despite celebrity endorsements from the likes of Dennis Miller and Alan Thicke, all that glitters isn’t gold when it comes to the marketing of precious metal investments. In March 2014, American Bullion, Inc., which is in the...more

Back From The Land Of Trial Mode: January Quicklinks

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

There has not been much activity on the blog because we have been engaged in a long copyright and misappropriation of trade secrets trial. So, we share with you some of the articles we have been reading, but just haven’t had...more

Yelp Denied Attempt to Keep Its Online Reviewers’ Identities Anonymous

by BakerHostetler on

In 2012, a local rug cleaning company in Virginia, Hadeed Oriental Rug Cleaning (“Hadeed”), filed a defamation action against the authors of seven critical reviews it received on Yelp, indicating that the reviews falsely...more

Advertising Law -- Oct 10, 2013

Fourth Circuit "Likes" First Amendment Protection for Social Media Speech - A Facebook "like" is speech protected by the First Amendment, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, reversing a federal court...more

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