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10 Marketing Law Takeaways From ANA/BAA 2017

We just got back from the Association of National Advertising (ANA) and Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference in Chicago, held earlier this week. With hundreds in attendance, and dozens of speakers...more

Brands Beware: FTC Continues Campaign on Social Media Influencer Disclosures

With much fanfare, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to take actions relating to so-called “social media influencers” who allegedly fail to disclose material connections to the products or brands they endorse....more

FTC: Even implied messages need explicit disclosures

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On the Internet, it’s not just what you say, but also what you imply. Social media comments, video and image posts, and even tags and “likes,” can carry implied messages, which may create legal liability....more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Affiliate Marketing 101

“What’s affiliate marketing? Should I care?” - The Federal Trade Commission attempted to answer these questions in a new blog post directed to consumers, explaining how the industry works and how to avoid scams....more

FTC Provided Guidance Regarding Affiliate Marketing

by Reed Smith on

The FTC alerted consumers to the truth behind online advertisements connected to affiliate marketers in a September 20th blog post titled, What’s affiliate marketing? Should I Care? The FTC took action against an online...more

Accidental Franchise = Potential Lawsuits, Fines + Other Penalties

by Lewitt Hackman on

Business owners looking to expand may leave themselves vulnerable to several obvious losses, including those related to finance, brand identity, and customer loyalty. Resources, including exemplary human resources, are...more

The FTC Won’t Let Me Be: Warnings and Enforcement Actions Targeting Social Media Influencers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

According to recent Nielsen ratings, the most watched TV shows and live TV events top off at around 20 million viewers. In contrast, the most popular personalities on various social media platforms have well over 100 million...more

FTC Provides Guidance to Social Media Influencers in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Influencer marketing is the popular practice of using individuals with large social media audiences—known as "influencers"—to advertise products and services through their social media accounts....more

Paid to Post? #FTCAdvice for Influencers

In our previous blog post, “#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements,” we discussed a recent Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) settlement and the FTC’s...more

I Subscribed to What? What Online Subscription-Based Marketers Need To Tell Their Consumers

I am certainly not the only person who has been lured into purchasing a too-good-to-be-true, deeply discounted product online, only to learn that what I actually purchased was a subscription to buy more stuff. Kate Hudson’s...more

The FTC, Like, Revises Its Social Media Endorsement Guides, Bruh!

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a revised version of “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking,” a series of questions and answers pertaining to the conduct of “influencers,” that is, anyone who...more

#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements

In 2017, being a “social media influencer” can mean big bucks. Companies are increasingly eager to pay individuals with large social media followings substantial sums to promote products in the hopes of reaching millions of...more

Influencing the Influencers: FTC Updates Its Endorsement Guide FAQs

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its answers to a series of frequently asked questions, in its “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking” (the “Updated FAQs”), about its “Guides Concerning the...more

Dear Influencers: It’s the FTC, Again – FTC Issues 21 Follow-up Warning Letters

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Back in the Spring, we posted about a set of 90 warning letters the FTC sent to influencers and brands about the disclosure of material connections on Instagram. While you may have spent your summer trying to unplug, the FTC...more

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

Slick, well-produced fake talk shows promoted dubious products and undisclosed payment plans. The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine attorney general accused XXL Impressions, ad agency Synergixx, marketing company J2...more

Just Push the Button! Instagram’s Response to Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In April, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), after reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and social media influencers, issued 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers about the FTC’s requirements that...more

#FTCcrackdown: What Brands Need to Know about Using Influencers to Advertise their Products

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Social media influencers have become one of the most effective channels for companies to reach and engage with their target market online. So far in 2017, marketers have spent over $1 billion to have influencers post...more

Social Links: Can media companies be liable for their talents’ social media posts?; a trade group for social influencers; a...

A defamation suit brought by one reality television star against another—and naming Discovery Communications as a defendant—could determine to what extent (if any) media companies may be held responsible for what their talent...more

FDA and FTC Solicit Consumer Complaints About Dietary Supplement Marketing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly requested that consumers report dietary supplements that “didn’t work as promised” or that are marketed with “unbelievable” claims. Consumers may...more

More Followers, More (Potential Sponsorship) Problems – What Brands Should Keep In Mind When Sponsoring YouTube Gurus, Instagram...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The FTC recently reviewed numerous Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and other social media influencers, and sent out more than 90 letters to those individuals to remind them to “clearly and conspicuously disclose...more

FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

A Deeper Dive Into the FTC Crack-Down on Social Media Influencers: What You Should Know Before You Post

In our previous blog post, “Brands Beware!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides,” we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) had issued more than 90 letters to brands and...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #3

FTC Jumps on Trampoline Marketing - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bounced purportedly misleading trampoline marketing claims in a new administrative consent order. Son “Sonny” Le and his brother Bao “Bobby” Le...more

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