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Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
When Is A Picture NOT Worth A Thousand Words?
It’s amazing how many blog posts we’ve written about chickens. Or, rather, cases involving chickens. BBB National Advertising Division's (NAD) recent decision in the ongoing Cluck Wars is worth a read: it deals with how the imagery in an ad can potentially have an impact on the claim used in the...
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
FBI's Operation reWired Targets International E-mail Scams
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced more than 280 arrests in a law enforcement sweep aimed at schemes that trick individuals and businesses into wiring money to criminals. The arrests were part of Operation reWired, which was a four-month, multi-agency law enforcement effort to...
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019
Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21, Asserting Right of Publicity, Lanham Act and Copyright Claim
This week, pop-star Ariana Grande (known for her hit songs like Thank U, N ext and 7 Rings ) brought suit in the Central District of California against retailer Forever 21 (who, according to Bloomberg , is preparing for a potential bankruptcy filing) and affiliated beauty boutique Riley Rose,...
Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
LGBTQ+ YouTubers Allege that YouTube Engages in Discriminatory Practices
Eight YouTubers, including the creators of such channels as GlitterBombTV, Queer Kid Stuff, and Watts the Safeword, recently filed a class action complaint in the Northern District of California against YouTube and its parent company Google. The complaint alleges that YouTube discriminantly targets...
Monday, Aug. 12, 2019
Trump Can't Block Critics From The @realDonaldTrump Twitter Account, Says The Second Circuit (and the First Amendment)
Last month, the Second Circuit held that Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked several Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. The ruling, Knight First Amendment Inst. at Columbia Univ., et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al. , affirmed a 2018 Southern District of...
Monday, Aug. 5, 2019
Does "Made With Real Butter" Mean That There's No Margarine In The Product?
Crystal Farms Refrigerated Distribution Company sells the Diner's Choice brand of refrigerated, ready-to-eat mashed potatoes. The front label of the package includes an picture of the mashed potatoes with a pat of butter on top, along with the words "made with real butter." The packaging also says...
Monday, Jul. 29, 2019
Business Takeaways From The FTC $5 Billion Settlement With Facebook
On July 24, 2019, the FTC announced a $5 billion settlement with Facebook to address Facebook’s alleged violations of the FTC Act and its 2012 consent order with the FTC. The settlement comes as no surprise to the privacy community – Facebook has been closely scrutinized by the public and...
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Supreme Court Says "Scandalous" Trademarks May Be Registered
Here’s some news for brands, creators, and other entities developing nonconforming names or entertainment content. Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that FUCT and other profane, “scandalous” or “immoral” words may be registered as trademarks. Until this decision, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“...
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019
Vietnam Warns Brands About Advertising on YouTube; Philip Morris Suspends Influencer Marketing; NYC Sues For False Advertising
Vietnam Warns Brands About Advertising on YouTube Videos That Contain "Anti-State Propaganda" Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication has reached out to various companies and told them to stop advertising on YouTube videos that contain "anti-state propaganda," according to news reports...
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019
Is an Advertiser Responsible for False Advertising if a Word Has Two Meanings?
What do you do when a term that you are planning to use in advertising has more than one meaning? Are you responsible for false advertising if consumers misunderstand the claim? That was the one of the issues in a recent lawsuit brought against computer storage device maker Sandisk. Sandisk sells...