• 03.31.20

    COVID-19 Update: When You Find Yourself in Times of Trouble, Don’t Forget Retail Price Gouging Laws

    Unless you’ve been off the grid for the past month rafting in the Grand Canyon, you’ll know that the hoarding of toilet paper and hand sanitizer has apparently become our country’s most popular March pastime during our new COVID-19 reality, which makes it tempting to retailers ...

  • 03.31.20

    DOJ’s First Coronavirus Fraud Action Targets ‘Vaccine Kits’

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) took its first action to combat fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic, scoring a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the unknown registrant of a website that purported to sell “vaccine kits.”

  • 03.26.20

    FDA, FTC Issue First COVID-19 Warnings

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to seven companies for allegedly making claims that their products can treat or prevent the disease.

  • 03.26.20

    NAD Reports on Fast-Track Process

    The National Advertising Division (NAD) provided a summary from recent meetings about the proposed procedures for the Fast-Track SWIFT (Single Well-defined Issue Fast Track) process, which the self-regulatory body expects to launch in spring 2020.  

  • 03.18.20

    Pain Relief Device Marketers to Pay $4M

    The marketers of a pain relief device reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), agreeing to pay at least $4 million and stop making the claims challenged by the agency as false and deceptive.  

  • 03.18.20

    NAD Extinguishes Spark Card Testimonials

    The National Advertising Division (NAD) snuffed out Capital One’s Spark Cash Card’s use of consumer testimonials in a case brought by competitor JPMorgan Chase Bank.

  • 03.18.20

    NAD Brings Dog Supplement Claims to Heel

    The marketer behind Doggie Dailies, a dietary supplement for dogs, voluntarily discontinued advertising claims for the product after an inquiry by the National Advertising Division (NAD).

  • 03.18.20

    FTC Settles With Tea/Skincare Marketer, Sends Warning Letters to Influencers

    In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) latest effort to tackle deceptive influencer advertising, the agency settled its charges with Teami, LLC and its two owners for making deceptive health claims to promote the company’s teas and skincare products and for using social media ...

  • 03.10.20

    Court Tosses False Ad Suit Challenging Literally True Claim

    Labeling tangerine juice as having “no sugar added” did not constitute false advertising because the statement was accurate and did not imply that competing products do actually contain added sugar, a California appellate panel has ruled.

  • 03.10.20

    New York Court Halts Dog Food False Ad Suit

    A New York federal court threw out a false advertising class action asserting that Rachael Ray duped consumers by calling her line of dog food “natural,” ruling that the use of the word was not materially misleading to a reasonable consumer.

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