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FTC Announces Red Light on Unqualified “Green Approved” Seals

Updated to clarify that this post is not about Green Seal, Inc. but the environmental seals or certifications warned against in a recent FTC update. Manufacturers of consumer products labeled with unspecified environmental...more

Gavel to Gavel: Ambiguity poses risks

As a business owner, you’ve probably put together a team of skilled individuals to help effectively market your products and services by developing memorable and informative product labels, advertisements, and marketing...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Google AdWords Class Can Go Forward, Despite Individualized Damages Calculations

In Pulaski & Middleman v. Google, Inc., the Ninth Circuit recently held that a class could be certified in connection with Google AdWords, even though damages would require some individualized calculations....more

Handmade, Craft, and Imported: Alcohol Beverage Makers Battle False Labeling & Advertising Claims

In the past couple years, there have been several consumer class action lawsuits filed against alcohol beverage makers claiming that their labels or marketing campaigns are false or misleading. Several lawsuits have been...more

Volkswagen Defeated?

Last week, on September 18, 2015, the EPA issued a News Release revealing that Volkswagen Group of America (“Volkswagen”) sold cars incorporating a “defeat device” as defined in the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) to purposefully evade...more

Hi-Tech Accuses Dynamic of Trademark Infringement and False Claims of Steroid Powered Products

On September 28, 2015, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hi-Tech”), a Georgia corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Dynamic Sports Nutrition, LLC d/b/a Anabolic Research (“Dynamic”), and Brian Clapp...more

The Ninth Circuit Declares That Individualized Damages Issues Alone Never, Ever Preclude Certification of a Rule 23(b)(3) Class

In Pulaski & Middleman, LLC v. Google, Inc., No. 12-16752, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16723 (9th Cir. Sept. 21, 2015), a Ninth Circuit panel held that individualized damages (or restitution) calculations cannot alone defeat Rule...more

"The Future of Government Regulation, Enforcement of Off-Label Promotion"

Three years ago, in United States v. Caronia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) neither prohibits nor criminalizes truthful, nonmisleading speech that...more

Retailer Pricing Strategies: Back to School under the Competition Act

How much did you really save in Back to School sales? Can consumers trust a retailer’s claims about its “regular” prices and its “sale” prices? Canada’s competition law enforcer is showing renewed interest in retailers’...more

The Best Allegation in a Lawsuit

And the award for Best Allegation in a Lawsuit goes to … Overton v. Anheuser-Busch Company....more

Fembots and False Advertising

Fembots have plagued humanity for many years. In the 1970s, fembots attempted to seize control of a weather device before they were defeated by the Bionic Woman. And in the 1990s, fembots worked with Dr. Evil until Austin...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a burst of post-Labor Day energy, the SEC filed a number of significant actions. Those include a series of actions arising out of the audit failure by BDO; actions centered on a financial fraud at an on-line lender; cases...more

Tenth Circuit Rules that False Advertising Plaintiffs Must Alleged Evidence of Implied Falsity and Quantify Damages at Pleading...

In a Lanham Act false advertising action by cosmetic surgeons against plastic surgeons – yes, those are two different things – the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an August 31 opinion, affirmed dismissal of Lanham Act...more

Machinima Settles FTC Enforcement Action Over Xbox One Endorsements

On September 2, 2015, the FTC announced that it had settled its complaint against a California-based online entertainment network – Machinima, Inc. – for engaging in an allegedly deceptive advertising campaign to promote the...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processing Company and Mortgage Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) recently took action against a payment processing company, Paymap Inc. (Paymap), and mortgage servicing company, LoanCare, LLC (LoanCare), for deceptive conduct in connection...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #3

Ad Group to FTC: Keep Right to Be Forgotten Out of U.S. - Responding to a petition filed by Consumer Watchdog with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an expansion of the “Right to Be Forgotten” to the United States,...more

Contributory False Advertising Liability Is Officially a Thing in the Eleventh Circuit

On August 7, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling on a question that the Court determined to be one of first impression, has ruled that a cause of action for contributory false advertising can be maintained under...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #2

FDA Wants to Pour Some Sugar on the Nutrition Label - Adding to the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—the first tweaks in 20 years—the Food and Drug Administration has suggested yet another: adding the...more

New NAD Decision Addresses Crowdsourced Reviews

The NAD recently determined that Euro-Pro could not support a claim that its Shark vacuum receives “more 5-star online reviews than any other vacuum brand.” To support the claim, Euro-Pro had looked at over 4,000 verified...more

Procera AVH Marketers Can Forget About Claiming to Reverse Memory Loss

It turns out that there is not a magic pill capable of reversing the effects of aging on the human brain, including memory loss, or at least not one we can remember right now. The FTC recently reminded the marketers of...more


Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #5

Place Your Bets: Yahoo to Host Fantasy Sports Games - In a new business venture that adds to an ever expanding field, Yahoo announced that it will host daily and weeklong pay-to-play fantasy sports games for cash prizes....more

False Advertising? Not if Just One Expert Says It’s Not.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that “a manufacturer cannot be liable for false advertising so long as at least one qualified expert opines that the representations made are truthful,...more

[Webinar] Food & Beverage Class Action Advertising and Labeling Lawsuits - August 5, 12:00-1:00 Central

Foley invites you to join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, to discuss recent class action litigation trends in food and beverage labeling and advertising. The presentation will review recent legal developments and...more

Ninth Circuit to False Advertising Class Actions: Drop Dead

On June 23, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in Cabral v. Supple LLC, — Fed. Appx. –, 2015 WL 3855142 (9th Cir. June 23, 2015) placed a significant hurdle in the path of false advertising class actions. Specifically, the Court held...more

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