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Dispatch from NYC: Annual National Advertising Division (NAD) Conference is in Full Swing

The National Advertising Division is holding its annual conference this week in New York, and Foley Hoag is in attendance for what many consider to be the leading conference of its kind. Day One saw an impressive line-up of...more

Advertising Law - September 2014 #2

Use of Flawed Study Results in $3.5M Settlement with FTC - For relying upon the results of a flawed study to make what the Federal Trade Commission characterized as “baseless” and “hopelessly flawed” weight-loss claims...more

Lack of Ascertainability Sinks Another Weight Loss Class Action

In Karhu v. Vital Pharm., Inc., No. 13-60768-CIV (S.D. Fla. July 17, 2014), the Southern District of Florida denied a plaintiff’s request for reconsideration of the Court’s order denying class certification. In Karhu, the...more

Too Good To Be True: FTC’s Crackdown On L’Occitane’s Body Slimming Almond Extracts

L’Occitane Inc’s advertisements for its topically-applied body sculpting almond extracts seemed straightforward: “Almond Shaping Delight 3 out of 4 women saw firmer, lifted skin. This luxuriously lightweight massage gel...more

Weight Loss Claims and Dr. Oz Gain Congressional Interest

We’ve all heard the statistics showing obesity rates rising in the U.S. year after year. Most of us are well aware of the billion dollar diet and weight-loss supplement industry to which millions turn with the hope of finding...more

Third Circuit to Putative Class Action Plaintiffs: No Receipt, No Class Cert

On May 2nd, the Third Circuit declined to rehear en banc its 2013 decision to reverse class certification in Carrera v. Bayer Corp, which created a big hurdle for would-be plaintiffs bringing suit in New Jersey, Pennsylvania...more

Third Circuit Rejects Effort At End Run Around The Ascertainability Requirement

We previously wrote about the Third Circuit’s decision in Carrera v. Bayer Corp., which reversed a district court’s class-certification order because there was no reliable way to ascertain class membership—indeed, no way to...more

Weight Loss Supplement Alli Recalled Nationwide

Just to be safe, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer healthcare will remove all of its weight loss drug alli from stores shelves in the U.S. and Puerto Rico due to fear of contamination. There have been at least 20...more

FTC Cracks Down on False Advertising in Dietary Supplements

Supplements making claims regarding diabetes, genetically customized nutritional benefits, and weight loss are slammed for false advertising. Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement activities—including a...more

Consumer Fraud and Weight Loss Scams - Federal Trade Commission Charges Companies with Deceptive Marketing

We all have seen advertisements for weight-loss solutions, and they are often prevalent in the weeks after the New Year. Are these advertisements examples of consumer fraud? According to US Legal.com, consumer fraud refers to...more

FTC Issues Updated Media Guidance for Screening Fake Weight Loss Claims

On January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Failed Resolution”, targeting false and deceptive claims made by marketers of weight loss products. As part of this initiative, the FTC issued updated...more

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION EDITION: As Americans Trudge To The Gym, We Review Trade Secrets Fights In The “New You” Industry

The gyms are packed, the diet cookbooks are flying off the shelves, and smokers are struggling to kick the habit. It’s the resolution season, and surveys say half of the top 10 most popular new year’s goals aim for better...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 16, 2014

FTC Makes New Year’s Resolution to Target Deceptive Weight-Loss Claims - While many Americans made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get in better shape, the Federal Trade Commission resolved to eliminate...more

“Operation Failed Resolution:” FTC Seeks Media Outlets’ Help to Police Deceptive Weight Loss Ads

In the wake of settlements between the FTC and four weight loss product purveyors relating to the companies’ advertising tactics, the FTC has issued updated guidance for media outlets regarding the publication of...more

New Year Brings New Plans by the FTC to Take Down Deceptive Weight Loss Advertisers

New year, new resolutions. Yesterday, the FTC announced a resolution of its own: to undertake a nationwide enforcement effort to protect consumers against deceptive weight loss claims. Dubbed “Operation Failed Resolution,”...more

FTC Launches Law Enforcement Initiative Stopping Deceptive Advertising and Misleading Endorsements of Fad Weight-Loss Products

Early January 2014, Sensa and three other national marketers of fad weight-loss products settled charges raised by the FTC in an effort to stop “misleading claims for products promoting easy weight loss and slimmer bodies.”...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - November 2013

In This Issue: - The Size of the Problem - Searching for No-Fat Mr. Goodbar - A Prescription for Doctors - A Prescription for Patients - Excerpt from Introduction: The More Weight-Loss...more

Weight Watchers Class Action Dismissed Due to Plaintiff’s Failure to Properly Test the Challenged Products

On October 17, 2013, a federal district court judge in New Jersey dismissed a putative class action against Weight Watchers International, Inc. (Weight Watchers) alleging that Weight Watchers misrepresented the calorie...more

Medifast Agrees to Settle Advertising Dispute with FTC

On September 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC“) announced that Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Jason”), a subsidiary of Medifast, Inc. and the makers of Medifast weight loss meal replacement products, agreed to pay...more

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