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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.

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Showing 31 posts by Morgan E. Spina.

Ariana Grande Suing Forever 21 For Trademark and Copyright Infringement

Ariana Grande has filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 and its related beauty brand, Riley Rose (founded by the daughters of Forever 21 founder, Do Wan Chang), alleging that the fast fashion and beauty brands capitalized on the success of Ms. Grande’s Thank U, Next album by posting images of Ms. Grande on the brands’ social media accounts as well as images of a model bearing a striking resemblance to Ms. Grande. Read More ›

FTC Sends Warning Letters to CBD Companies Making Health Claims

Focusing on its use of warning letters to crack down on impermissible health claims, the FTC recently sent warning letters to three companies that sell a variety of CBD products, including those taking the form of “oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies, and creams.”  In its Press Release announcing the issuance of the warning letters, the FTC noted that it had cautioned the companies against advertising that products, including those containing CBD, can “prevent, treat, or cure human disease” in the absence of “competent and reliable scientific evidence to support such claims.” Read More ›

FTC Suffers Another Loss Regarding Its Section 13(b) Powers

As we have discussed previously, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has consistently relied on Section 13(b) of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. §53(b)) for authority to initiate and maintain federal court challenges against defendants it believes have violated the FTC Act. Section 13(b) states that when the FTC has “reason to believe” that an individual or corporate entity “is violating, or is about to violate” a law enforced by the FTC, it may bring suit in federal court “to enjoin such acts or practices.” Moreover, the statute states that “in proper cases, the Commission may seek, and after proper proof, the court may issue, a permanent injunction.” Read More ›

NAD Finds “#1” Claims Supported in Two Recent Decisions

The National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (“NAD”) recently found two separate “#1” claims to be sufficiently supported, thereby providing valuable insight to advertisers regarding the type and degree of information required to support such a claim. Read More ›

ERSP Recommends That Yoga Apparel Company Modify Instagram Posts to Disclose Material Connection Between the Brand and Influencers

The Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (“ERSP”) has recommended that Alo, LLC (“Alo Yoga”) modify the Instagram posts of certain influencers of its products to disclose the material connection between Alo Yoga and the influencers. Read More ›

FTC and FDA Send Warning Letters to E-Liquid Companies Related to Deficient Social Media Endorsements

As we have discussed in a prior post, the FTC and FDA have been involved in a joint effort to curb non-compliant labeling and/or advertising of e-liquids for use in e-cigarettes. For the most part, the agencies have been focused on protecting children and young people from the dangers of nicotine and tobacco products by cautioning manufacturers, distributors and retailers of e-liquid products against using labeling, packaging and/or advertising that resembles children’s food products, like juice boxes, candies or cookies. Read More ›

Indiana AG Sues Promotions Company over Deceptively Advertised Sweepstakes

An advertising agency that promoted sales events on behalf of numerous Indiana motor vehicle dealerships is the subject of an Indiana Attorney General lawsuit focusing on allegedly false sweepstakes promotions.   The lawsuit highlights the governments’ continued focus on direct mail sweepstakes promotions.  Read More ›

Supreme Court Makes Class Arbitration Decision More Difficult

5-4 decision rejects traditional principles of contract interpretation Read More ›

Lustigman and Spina Publish Article in ABA’s What’s In Store Newsletter on FTC’s Enforcement Authority

Olshan’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group chair Andrew Lustigman and associate Morgan Spina authored an article for the ABA’s Spring 2019 What’s In Store newsletter titled “Are FTC Enforcement Powers Being Reined In?” Read More ›

FTC Challenges Fake Paid-For Reviews on Amazon for The First Time

As we have discussed previously, the prevalence of Internet usage in everyday life has led to an e-commerce market whereby consumers are able to post online reviews of a vast range of products and services. For the most part, such reviews are made public without regard to the relevant expertise of the reviewers, and with little to no oversight as to the legitimacy of such reviews. You can see our prior articles on this topic here and here. Against this backdrop, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has brought a claim against a marketer for the deceptive use of fake, paid-for reviews on an independent retail website for the first time. The FTC’s enforcement efforts in this regard should signal to marketers that the FTC is taking such actions seriously. Read More ›

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