FTC serves health-app maker massive slice of humble pie—and $1.5M bill

The Pact app was supposed to help users meet weekly goals for exercising and eating veggies. It went very wrong.

FTC imposes $6.5 million penalty on supplement outliers for making false claims

The final three of nine defendants sued for deceptively marketing dietary supplements will settle charges that the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Maine had filed in February 2017. The agencies charged the defendants with using deceptively formatted radio infomercials and print ads with fictitious endorsers to pitch products they claimed would improve memory and reduce back and joint pain.

The FTC and FBI are shining the spotlight on your kid’s smart toys

While children may be fans of talking dinosaurs, robots and stuffed animals, the federal government appears to have its concerns. At least that is the suggestion from a warning to parents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that came on the heels of a Federal Trade Commission announcement that connected toys must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Just Got Slammed For Deceptive Advertising

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop routinely draws criticism for its promotion of health products. Now, a consumer watchdog group says that Goop can’t back up many of its promises about improving health — and it wants regulators to investigate what it says is deceptive advertising.

Sarahah harvests your phone contacts for a feature that doesn’t exist yet

Sarahah, the anonymous feedback app that’s been going viral for the past couple weeks, may not be as private as it sounds: it turns out, the app uploads users’ phone contacts to the company’s servers, seemingly for no good reason.

FTC’s Settlement With Google Provides Game Changing Internet Privacy Regulations

Regardless of what you have heard or remember about the 2011 FTC settlement with Google, what you may not have heard is that the FTC made this the poster child for the FTC’s effort to show that the old tried and true privacy protection methodology is now not enough.

Beware of Human Intervention With Online Contracting – 2 Costly Mistakes To Avoid  

The law of online contracting has become fairly well settled. This is good news for ebusiness sites with Membership Agreements, Subscription Agreements, Terms of Sale, SaaS Agreements, Content License Agreements, and the like.

Judge: Costco must pay Tiffany $19.4 million for advertising knock-off rings

Tiffany has beaten Costco to the tune of at least $19.4 million in a trademark infringement battle over alleged knock-off rings that pitted the luxury jeweler against the membership warehouse giant.

Goodbye, gummies? Fruit snacks are losing their place in lunchboxes

Fruit snacks have gotten some companies into trouble. Annie's Homegrown was sued earlier this year for alleged false and deceptive advertising of its fruit snacks.

When virtual home staging is false advertising

Thanks to Photoshop, you can make any photo look better. That includes real estate photos. But when do pictures of a home for sale cross the line, and become deceptive?