• 05.25.17

    'Buy One, Get One Free'-Style Offer Hit With Class Action

    By Richard P. Lawson, Partner, Advertising, Marketing and MediaPuritan’s Pride, Inc., deceived consumers with a “buy one, get one free”-style marketing campaign for its supplements, a new putative class action filed in California federal court alleged.Although consumers ...

  • 05.18.17

    Net Neutrality Continues to Divide

    By Jeffrey S. Edelstein, Partner, Advertising, Marketing and MediaIn the latest developments with regard to net neutrality, just days after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that it would not reconsider its ruling upholding the net neutrality rules, a group of ...

  • 05.18.17

    Upcoming Special Elections Will Reveal Important Trends for 2018, 2020

    Special elections and elections in Western democracies offer lessons on the underlying dynamics in future general elections here in the United States.   Consider the surprise special election victories of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in January of 2010 for Ted Kennedy's Senate ...

  • 05.18.17

    Fyre Festival Flameout Includes False Advertising

    By Jesse M. Brody, Partner, Advertising, Marketing and MediaThe Fyre Festival’s catalog of errors includes the failure to disclose sponsored promotions, according to one of the multiple class actions filed against the organizers.Touted as a one-of-a-kind destination music festival, ...

  • 05.16.17

    The Joy of Takings

    "When I graduated from Washington University Law School about half-a-century ago, I never dreamed that I would spend my career studying, litigating, and teaching cutting-edge constitutional law. Yet, that has been my reality. True, it is a specialized niche of constitutional law, but it has ...

  • 05.15.17

    The California Circuit?

    Like a bad penny, the idea of splitting the 9th Circuit keeps turning up. Ideas for splitting the circuit first arose in the 1960s, and the issue has waxed and waned with political interest over the past half century. One of the most vexing puzzles is precisely how to split the existing 9th ...

  • 05.11.17

    Acting Chair Ohlhausen Signals Shift in FTC Enforcement

    At a recent event, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen shared her plans for the agency, which likely left advertisers breathing a sigh of relief.With the majority of the FTC currently vacant—Ohlhausen is joined only by Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and accompanied by ...

  • 05.10.17

    Fortunately, There Were Witnesses

    Something bad happened. Fortunately, there were witnesses. Unfortunately, the witness testimony is not just inconsistent, but irreconcilably contradictory. Sounds like every case that makes it to trial, right? But readers of this column will also recognize this as the situation explored by Akira ...

  • 05.07.17

    Why a Court Ruling on Faxing Matters to the Device Industry

    “Believe it or not, the fax machine is not yet extinct.”So began the split-panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidating the Federal Communication Commission’s Solicited Fax Rule in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley et al. v. FCC, 14-1234 ...

  • 05.04.17

    Ninth Circuit Moves Misleading Pricing Suit Forward

    A misleading pricing suit against Neiman Marcus was given new life by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when the panel reversed the dismissal of the complaint.According to plaintiff Linda Rubenstein, the national retail chain duped consumers by using price tags listing a price ...



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