Do Athletes Have to Tell Us When Their Posts Are #sponsored?

It's subtle. You may not have even noticed it. Just a small hashtag athletes are using to declare when a social media post is part of a larger relationship with a company — an acknowledgment that what you're seeing is tied to a paid sponsorship.

Your Ignorance Of Privacy-Protected Information Causes Massive FTC Fines  

You Don't Know What Information Is Privacy-Protected & What To Do About It! (Hint – Social Media And Mobile Apps Are Huge Traps For the Unwary!!)

FTC Probing Allegations of Amazon’s Deceptive Discounting

As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe.

FTC Liability Traps Internet Marketers Must Avoid With Affiliate Marketers

Internet marketers often ask:  Am I liable if any of my affiliates engage in deceptive marketing practices? The answer is, it depends.  This article will provide a checklist of practical points that will help Internet marketers determine what is required for their specific affiliate marketing program and FTC legal forms.


Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association (ABA) are being accused of intentionally deceiving consumers about the health implications associated with drinking sugar-laden beverages.

Thousands Agree to Clean Port-a-potties for Free Wi-Fi

In a clever experiment, the UK-based company added a “community service clause” to its existing privacy policy. The clause stated users would be required to complete 1,000 hours of community service that could include “cleaning portable lavatories at local festivals and events,” “cleansing local parks of animal waste,” “providing hugs to stray cats and dogs,” “manually relieving sewer blockages,” “painting snail shells to brighten up their existence” and “scraping chewing gum off the streets.”

Is Your Online Customer Agreement Enforceable?

I thought I’d seen and heard it all in my Internet law practice, until a client referred me to an interesting article about a kitty cat named Simba that walked across a keyboard and clicked on an online, click-through agreement (also known as a “click-wrapped” agreement).

Kelloggs Faces Consumer Fraud Lawsuit over Pringles Salt and Vinegar Chips  

Kellogg is facing a consumer fraud class action lawsuit proposed by consumers who allege its Pringles Salt and Vinegar chip packages falsely advertise that the chips have “natural” vinegar taste when they really contain chemical flavoring.

GENEALOGY: A warning to Ancestry customers who consent to use DNA services

Ancestry sells its customers’ DNA data to Calico and Calico makes money off the research it does. Customers pay Ancestry to conduct the DNA test, but Ancestry and its partners stand to make billions.

Company Accused of Selling User Data Shuts Down after $104 Million Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down the operator of a large network of online loan sites that promised to find people the loans with the lowest rates, but actually sold users' data to third-parties, most of which weren't even lenders.