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Advertising Law Blog

The Advertising Law Blog provides commentary and news on developing legal issues in advertising, promotional marketing, Internet, and privacy law. This blog is sponsored by the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions group at Olshan. The practice is geared to servicing the needs of the advertising, promotional marketing, and digital industries with a commitment to providing personal, efficient and effective legal service.

Influencer Survives PopSugar’s Motion to Dismiss in IP Lawsuit

The repurposing of social media images has its risks and should only be undertaken in accordance with the platform’s terms of use and applicable law. PopSugar has been unable to shake a copyright infringement class action brought by social media Influencer and law school graduate, Nita Batra. Read More ›

DC Enacts Automatic Renewal Law

As we have discussed in previous blog posts, subscription-based business models and the automatic renewal techniques they popularly employ have garnered attention from regulators in recent years. The District of Colombia has now passed its own law regulating automatic renewals. With the passage of this law, D.C. joins many other states in requiring specific disclosures from advertisers who utilize automatic renewals as an integral part of their business model.  The law has provisions similar to those in certain states, but also has important timing requirements. Read More ›

Supreme Court Holds Parties’ Contracts Determine Who Decides Issue of Arbitrability

The Supreme Court has unanimously vacated a Fifth Circuit decision concerning arbitrability. The court held that courts my not override a contract that tasks arbitrators with determining whether a claim should be arbitrated or litigated, even in the case that the quest for arbitration is “wholly groundless.” Read More ›

Ninth Circuit Decision Allows Website Accessibility Case to Proceed Against Domino’s

Businesses with websites have been besieged by plaintiffs seeking to assert ADA claims that e-commerce websites fail to comply with accessibility requirements. A recent Ninth Circuit decision finding that the ADA applies to websites and mobile apps strengthens these plaintiffs’ positions in what is at best a grey area for businesses to address compliance. Read More ›

Guthy-Renker Reaches CART Automatic Renewal Lawsuit

Reflecting California’s continuing challenge to automatic renewal programs, direct marketing firm, Guthy-Renker, agreed to settle claims brought by multiple California city and district attorneys (CART) alleging that the direct marketing firm engaged in improper automatic renewal practices with respect to its sale of ProActiv skin products and Wen hair products. Read More ›

Google Has Been Fined Almost $57 Million for GDPR Violations

Following the enactment of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which went into effect on May 25, 2018, Google has now been fined heavily for violations of the law.  On January 21, 2019, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”), the French data privacy authority, fined Google €50 million (approximately U.S. $57 million) for violating the GDPR because it did not properly ask its users for consent to use their data to personalize advertising and because the company makes it too hard for users to find out how their personal information is used and how long that information is stored.  This is the largest financial penalty for a privacy breach in Europe.  CNIL’s press release can be viewed here: Press Release Read More ›

Luxury Daily 2019 Conference: Digital Acceleration

On January 16, 2019, Luxury Daily sponsored its seventh annual Luxury FirstLook conference in New York City, entitled Luxury FirstLook 2019:  Digital Acceleration.  The expert speakers were extremely informative and included senior executives from numerous companies, including, Facebook, Google, Boston Consulting Group, LVMH Moet Hennessy, Lladro, Town & Country, Artsy, Forrester Research, McLaren Automotive, Valmont, Quintessentially, Flont, Armarium, Perrin Paris, L.K. Bennett, Publicis Groupe’s Team One, Martini Media, Vibes, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Luxury Portfolio, Douglas Elliman, Concierge Auctions, Luxury Institute, Customer Experience Group, PMX Agency, Timeless Distributors, Shanker Inc. and Euromonitor.  I was invited to attend as Olshan is legal counsel to Luxury Daily. Read More ›

FCC To Create Reassigned Phone Number Database

But Don’t Expect the Database Until 2020 at the Earliest Read More ›

Better Business Bureau creates the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DS-SRC)

New self-regulatory program will actively monitor the direct-selling marketplace Read More ›

What Does the Farm Bill Mean for CBD/Hemp Products?

The recently enacted Farm Bill amends the Controlled Substances Act so that  hemp and CBD products containing trace amount of THC are not classified as Schedule 1 controlled substances.    While many are excited about this amendment, the law does not change FDA’s regulatory requirements for CBD-containing products under its regulatory jurisdiction. Read More ›

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