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Advertising Law - August 2016 #2

Electric Toothbrushes Battle It Out Before NAD - In a battle over electric toothbrushes, the National Advertising Division determined that Procter & Gamble can support superiority claims for its Oral-B models challenged...more

Lifestyle Blogging, Supplement Dust, and Third Party Liability

The NAD recently took a swipe at Goop, the lifestyle blog founded by Gwyneth Paltrow. To make “GP’s Morning Smoothie,” Goop had recommended using “dust” dietary supplements, such as Action Dust and Brain Dust, both sold by...more

Court Suggests Companies Can Be Liable as Soon as Claims Become Stale

It’s a common question. A company creates a product with a competitive advantage; it takes steps to substantiate a superiority claim; and, satisfied that it has met the legal standard, it bases an advertising campaign on that...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. In June 2016, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the...more

The Pleads Of The Many: 50 Years of Star Trek Lawsuits

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the original series of Star Trek, which first aired on NBC in September 1966. On July 22, this milestone will be marked in earnest when Paramount Pictures releases...more

When Do "Made in USA" Claims Spark the FTC's Attention?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace, including with respect to advertising. One type of deception that the FTC targets involves false claims in advertising...more

Smarter, Stronger, Faster: FTC Cracking Down on Deceptive Health-Related Advertising

In recent years, brands have become bolder in their representations to consumers. Our product is the safest. Our product is totally natural. Our product will make you smarter. However, the FTC is cracking down on instances of...more

State Safe Harbor Doctrines: A Life Preserver from False Advertising Claims Facing Alcohol Manufacturers?

Food and beverage companies, beset by lawsuits about their product labels, struggle to find consistent application of consumer protection laws across the country. The experience of one distiller and its use of one word on its...more

13 Questions to Ask Yourself About Marketing Claims to Help Avoid an FTC Enforcement Action

In the U.S., the promotion of nearly all consumer products and services is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In addition to the FTC regulations on advertising, in Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations,...more

Advertising Law - June 2016

First Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Jerk.com - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Commission ruling that website Jerk.com, a self-described reputation management...more

The Fountain of Youth May Not Be Stocked With Gin

A British hotel group recently introduced “Anti-aGin Gin,” a gin that “rejuvenates the skin while you drink.” The gin was marketed to people “who want to stay young but don’t want to give up alcohol.” The company advertised...more

The 2015 FTC Policy Statement: An Advertisement Can Be Deceptive Based On Its Formatting

Starting a few years ago, the FTC began increasing its efforts to address online disclosures in new media. For example, in 2013, the FTC issued .com Disclosures: How To Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising, which...more

The 2015 FTC Policy Statement: An Advertisement Can Be Deceptive Based On Formatting

Starting a few years ago, the FTC began increasing its efforts to address online disclosures in new media. For example, in 2013, the FTC issued .com Disclosures: How To Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising, which...more

Advertising Law - May 2016

Kanye's Promise of Exclusivity a Siren Song, Suit Says - Kanye West's latest drama involves the courtroom—specifically, a putative class action complaint alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and unjust...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #4

Study Finds Low Compliance for Native Advertising - According to a new study, roughly 70 percent of websites are not compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's recently released native advertising...more

Product Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Battle of the Batteries: NAD Refers LEI Electronics Inc.’s Green Marketing Claims Regarding Its Eco Alkalines Batteries to FTC

The NAD recently referred certain green marketing claims made by LEI Electronics Inc. (LEI) regarding its Eco Alkalines batteries to the FTC after the company stated it would not comply with the NAD’s decision and...more

Advertising with Environmental Certifications and "Green" Seals of Approval

As consumer demand for eco-friendly, non-toxic, and sustainably-sourced products continues to rise, so does the use of environmental certifications on packaging and advertisements for virtually every kind of consumer product,...more

Advertising Law - March 2016

Tech Company Settles With FTC Over Installation of Apps Without Permission - A technology company that allegedly replaced a Web browser game with a program that installed apps on mobile devices without permission has...more

NAD Recommends Church & Dwight Discontinue OxiClean “Scary Bleach” Advertising Claims

On January 29, 2016, NAD recommended that Church & Dwight, the maker of OxiClean White Revive, modify or discontinue various advertising claims conveying the message that chlorine bleach is damaging or “scary” if used on...more

Healthy Holidays From the FTC: Reminders from the FTC to Keep Health Advertising Claims Healthy

Late last week, the FTC Business Center Blog posted a short but important entry on health-related advertising representations entitled 5 principles to help keep your health claims healthy. This friendly reminder highlights...more

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

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