FTC Takes on “Made in the USA” Claim for Second Time This Year

According to the FTC complaint released on March 8, 2017, Texas-based Block Division, Inc., a manufacturer of metal pulleys, advertising used images as well as explicit wording to reinforce its “Made in the USA” message. Yet, according to the FTC, the company imported integral components of its pulleys from other countries.

Marketers – Are You Liable For Your Affiliates’ Trademark Infringement?

The practice of selling and purchasing keyword ads that contain competitors’ trademarks continues to be hotly litigated. To date, most of the lawsuits filed by trademark owners have been aimed at the sellers of the keyword ads – the major search engines, primarily Google.

FTC settles with affiliate marketers over deceptive and bogus weight loss claims

FTC officials said that these companies had used hacked email accounts to send spam emails that looked as though they were from consumers’ families and friends. In addition to the illegal mailing practices, the agency had stated that the companies made false weight loss claims and used phony celebrity endorsements to lure in millions of consumers.

Fake Ads With Misleading Car Photos Create Industry-Wide Problem

A new form of click bait, dubbed “fake ads,” is popping up on social media. The posts typically promote new vehicles, but use either edited or deceptive photos, Automotive News reports. In most cases, these pictures include concept cars, vehicle renderings or an entirely different car than what’s advertised.

Website Terms of Use: Are Yours Enforceable? Does It Matter?

Clients frequently ask me, "click-wrapped", "browse-wrapped" -- what do these terms mean? Are they the typical legal mumbo jumbo?

Bill Passes To Protect Students From Deceptive Practices

The Washington State House of Representatives passed legislation to protect students who enroll at for-profit colleges or career schools in Washington from deceptive and fraudulent advertising and recruitment claims.

Upromise Faces $500,000 Fine for FTC Violations

Membership reward service called Upromise, aimed at consumers trying to save for college, will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order.

Facebook Updates & Data For Surveillance

After a lot of pressure from civil rights organizations, on March 17th, mega tech giant Facebook updated their privacy policy to prevent mass surveillance on its platform.

Makers of Huggies Natural Care Wipes Busted for Deceptive Advertising

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was harmed and injured from purchasing Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes that were advertised as being “natural,” “gentle,” “hypoallergenic,” and made with the “simplest formula for a gentle clean." The suit states the product contains non-natural, synthetic chemical ingredients, including phenoxyethanol, that can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea in infants.

Terms and conditions: Do you know what you just clicked?

New rules passed by the European Union called the General Data Protection Regulation puts the onus directly on companies and organizations that hold personal data to be fully responsible for protecting it. One of the major changes will be setting full privacy as the default position.