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Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Advertising

Second Circuit Dismisses Claims of Would-Be Ad-Blockers

On November 22, 2017, the Second Circuit in Heskiaoff v. Sling Media affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint against Sling Media that alleged deceptive business practices in connection with Sling’s introduction of...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

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FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

California Court Unfriends Rapper’s ROP Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeals for the State of California upheld a trial court decision granting defendant’s motion to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP statute but remanded the position denying defendant’s motion to strike the...more

#unfaircompetition – limitations to influencer marketing under German law

by Hogan Lovells on

More and more companies advertise their products through so called influencer marketing, using the accounts of social media stars to reach their followers. The Higher Regional Court of Celle decided recently that a company...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Issues Risk Alert Regarding Advertising Rule Compliance Based on Recent OCIE Examinations

On Sept. 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a risk alert outlining certain compliance issues identified by the regulator’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) related to...more

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Warns Investment Advisers: “Don’t Mislead or We Will Proceed!”

On September 14, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert in which it highlighted a number of compliance issues it had identified relating to the so-called Advertising...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

How Variations In The Law on Deceptive Conduct Can Affect Litigation Strategy

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

North Carolina is not the only jurisdiction with a statute that prohibits deceptive conduct. These statutes, however, are not identical. Today’s post shows how the variations among these statutes can affect litigation...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

Athletic Tape Manufacturer Settles False Advertising Litigation for $1.75 Million

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit recently settled with KT Health LLC and KT Health Holdings LLC (“KT Health”). The plaintiffs alleged that certain advertising claims regarding KT Health’s KT Tape or “kinesio tape” was false and...more

Environmental False Advertising: An Earth Day Green Guide Review

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, which means that a lot of consumers are going to be reminded to think green, and to buy green. What if your company is looking to access this vast market of environmentally-minded shoppers,...more

NetSpend Settles FTC Charges, Resolving Allegations that it Deceived Consumers over Access to Prepaid Funds

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with NetSpend over allegations that NetSpend deceived consumers by promising “immediate access” with “guaranteed approval” to money loaded on its general purpose...more

Sale Price Advertising and Fictitious MSRP Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act prohibits retailers from engaging in “unfair or deceptive acts or practices.” Courts consider an advertisement, whether in-store, or on-line, to be deceptive where a retailer: (1)...more

Influencer Marketing: The FTC's Evolving Policies on Paid Promotion Disclosure

by Knobbe Martens on

Rapid Growth of Influencer Marketing - With more consumers cutting the cord to their TVs and paying for premium subscriptions or ad blockers to avoid advertising, social media has become an important medium through which...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #2

Uber’s Earnings, Financing Claims Crash Into FTC - For exaggerating claims about earnings potential and automobile financing, Uber has agreed to pay $20 million in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission. According...more

Not a Passing Grade: FTC Settles with Company Over Alleged False Advertising for High School Diploma Program

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a new settlement against Stratford Career Institute alleging that Stratford’s advertising for its high school diploma program (claiming that it provided the...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

The Quarter Ham: California Court of Appeal Affirms Judgment in Unfair Competition and False Advertising Case

by Reed Smith on

You can still get your quarter ham “STARTING AT $23.99” from Honey Baked Ham, Inc. according to the California Court of Appeal in its unpublished decision on November 8, 2016. The Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s...more

When the Strength of the Facts Cannot be Lifted – SDNY Dismisses Muscle Maker Slack-Fill Class Action

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed a putative class action against Cytosport, the maker of Muscle Milk protein powder. The plaintiff, Orlando Bautista, alleged that he bought a container of Muscle Milk...more

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived...more

CFPB Consent Orders Serve as a Reminder to Mortgage Industry on Advertising Practices

A recent series of CFPB consent orders should remind the mortgage industry to carefully monitor its advertising practices. The MAP Rule prohibits deceptive and misleading commercial communications regarding any term of any...more

FTC Settles with Ad Tech Company Over Deceptive Online Tracking Practices

by BakerHostetler on

On December 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Turn Inc. agreed to settle charges that it misled consumers about its online tracking activities and failed to honor consumer opt-outs as described in...more

FTC Settles with Targeted Digital Advertising Company over Supercookie Advertising Practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a proposed consent order requiring digital advertising company Turn Inc. to include a clear and conspicuous notice detailing how it collects, uses, or shares information...more

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