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FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

Promotional Allowances in a New Retail Environment: FTC Revises its Fred Meyer Guides

The Commission revised its guidelines for interpreting and complying with the Robinson-Patman Act to account for changes in technology and methods of marketing that have taken place since the last revision in 1990, including...more

FTC’s Recent Enforcement Cases for Misleading Recycled Content Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stepped-up its enforcement initiatives and recently settled two cases with companies that market plastic lumber and related products. FTC alleged that these companies misled consumers in...more

Round Two for Snapchat: Agreement with the Maryland Attorney General Settling Claims of Consumer Deception and COPPA Violations

Just a little over a month after settling charges of false promises of disappearing user messages (among other things) with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), mobile app developer Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat” or “Company”)...more

Ninth Circuit Agrees with FTC that Online Marketing Program Was an Unlawful "Pyramid Scheme"

The legal status of many membership programs promoted via social media and spam has been called into question by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed a judgment that one such...more

FTC Report Seeks Congressional Review of Data Broker Industry

As the advent of “big data” increasingly takes center stage in the data and privacy sphere, data brokers—companies that compile and resell or share consumers’ personal data—have come under increased scrutiny. On May 27, 2014,...more

Advertising Law - June 2014

FTC’s Data Broker Report: Transparency And Consumer Control - Calling for greater transparency and an increase in consumer control, the Federal Trade Commission has released its report on the data broker industry....more

Top 10 Privacy Considerations for Digital Marketing Campaigns

In today’s competitive marketplace, companies are relying heavily on innovative and edgy digital marketing campaigns to promote their products and services that often include the submission of usergenerated content, viral...more

Advertising Law - May 2014

Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow: FTC Settles With Snapchat - Now you see it … and now it’s still there. Mobile messaging app Snapchat went with a catchier slogan, promising consumers that pictures and videos...more

Advertising Law - May 2014

W3C Reaches Milestone: “Do Not Track” Specification Set - The road to establish an industry standard for Do Not Track has been long and winding. Last year, efforts at consensus stalled, grinding the work of the...more

FTC Sends Warning About Using Social Media With Promotions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently investigated whether Cole Haan’s “Wandering Sole” social media contest violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits deceptive practices. In doing so, the FTC issued a...more

Not-So-Sweet Smell of Success: When Does Ambient Scent Marketing Become a Deceptive Trade Practice?

Scent marketing is as old as a realtor baking cookies in a house up for sale and as new as Oscar Mayer’s “bacon” alarm clock. Harnessing the primal power of smell represents a final frontier of subliminal advertising....more

FTC Continues Its Pursuit of "Robocalling" Platforms

With its latest settlement, the Federal Trade Commission shows that its prior targeting of prerecorded voice dialing platforms, as opposed to those who use them to place “robocalls,” was no one-off initiative, and that it has...more

Quote of the Week – Future of 2014

“Looking from your perspective, what will be the most important issue, whether it be an opportunity or a threat, in the direct selling industry that will need a closer focus Next Year?” As one American troubadour notes,...more

Congress Steps Up its Scrutiny of Data Brokers

In keeping with Congress’s heightened focus on privacy practices in the data broker industry, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would require increased transparency and...more

Advertising Law - Feb 6, 2014

High-Profile Mistake Could Cost Data Brokers: Could a recent marketing error by OfficeMax impact the entire data-driven marketing industry? The company sent a mailer addressed to “Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in...more

Introducing the New Multi-Level Marketing Governing Act

Taiwan has approximately 369 multi-level marketing (MLM) companies and a total of 3.09 million MLM participants, as of December 31, 2012. Adjusting for people who participate in more than one MLM company, almost 12% of...more

The Online Marketer’s Guide To Privacy

I’ve hesitated to write this post because the law is always changing and you can’t cover it all in one blog post (thank goodness for linking). I did a presentation to the Houston Interactive Marketing Association this week...more

Consumer Data Privacy Update for Marketers, Part 1: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Amendments

New technologies enable marketers to collect and analyze more — and more specific— data than ever before. Marketers can track consumers across the internet and mobile applications, and can deliver advertising based on...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 18, 2013

C May Now Be For Celery or Carrots - Thanks to a deal brokered by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Partnership for a Healthier America, Sesame Street characters will soon appear in the produce department. In a...more

FTC Enforcement Initiatives Spotlight Risks In Making Green Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has launched an enforcement program to encourage compliance with the agency’s recently revised Green Guides. It has brought at least 12 actions alleging deceptive and misleading claims based on...more

What is “Front Loading” or “Inventory-Loading?”

Front loading is when a MLM company requires a consultant to purchase an unreasonable amount of inventory that cannot realistically be resold and/or used within a reasonable amount of time. Apart from general pyramiding...more

FTC Takes Tough Action Against ‘Scareware’ Tactics

A great way to make money is to develop a product or service that responds to a consumer want or demand, and then to stay ahead of prospective competitors by offering better pricing or quality. A not-so-great way to make...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Julia Child Foundation Whips Up Lawsuit Against Williams-Sonoma - Williams-Sonoma illegally used the name and likeness of the late Julia Child more than 100 times in advertising, marketing, and promotional materials...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part II -- Rules of the road for online advertising

As long as we have sold stuff, we’ve used images or stories to help sell them. As Calvin Coolidge of all people once said in one of his rare Don Draper moments - “Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of...more

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