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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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Supreme Court Deals a Harsh Blow to FTC’s Powers

FTC can no longer go straight to court to recover monetary damages Read More ›

FTC Announces “Dark Patterns” Virtual Workshop

Dark patterns, an increasingly popular ecommerce marketing technique, seek to encourage users to make a particular purchasing decision.  They are also the subject of increasing regulatory scrutiny, including the FTC’s ABC Mouse enforcement action. Read More ›

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons Announces Resignation; Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Designated Acting Chair; Staff Reshuffling

The change in the Presidential administrations also brings a change at the Commissioner and senior staffing levels at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as other agencies. Read More ›

Olshan Presents Consumer Protection Update Webinar Hosted by ABA

Olshan Advertising attorneys Andrew LustigmanScott ShafferTamara CarmichaelMary Grieco and Morgan Spina presented a webinar for the Consumer Protection Monthly Update hosted by the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section. Read More ›

Andrew Lustigman Quoted in Law360 on the FTC’s Ability to Seek Monetary Restitution

Andrew Lustigman, head of Olshan’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group, was quoted in Law360 on major upcoming U.S. Supreme Court fights concerning consumer protection, namely, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to seek monetary restitution for bad marketplace behavior under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Specifically, the Court’s arguments scheduled for January 13 in AMG Capital Management LLC et al. v. FTC challenge allegations that payday loan companies engaged in predatory loan practices. Mr. Lustigman described disgorgement as an “enormous hammer” for the FTC, as a monetary fine equal to sales of a targeted product neglects to take into account a company's other expenses, like taxes and advertising. "There's no setoff," he explained. "They're saying you have to give up everything you took in."

Another Court of Appeals Rules Against the FTC on Disgorgement Issue

Court reverses award of $448 million in ill-gotten gains

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected a district court’s award of $448 million against a pharmaceutical company in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In an antitrust case styled FTC v. AbbVie, Inc. (decided on September 30, 2020), the Third Circuit ruled that district courts lack the power to order disgorgement under the FTC Act. While the Third Circuit ruled in favor of the FTC on other issues in this case, the reversal of the disgorgement award the FTC is the focus of this blog entry. Read More ›

Sweepstakes and Promotions During a Pandemic

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies have turned to online sweepstakes and promotions as a means of both promoting their brand and showing support to coronavirus relief efforts. Certainly, sweepstakes and promotions can be an effective way to achieve these dual purposes.   As we previously reported, brands that have hastily run promotions without thinking through the consequences of various events have run into a firestorm of negative publicity as well as potential class actions.  Making sure that the promotion incorporates the items below can help ensure that a promotion is legal, properly structured, and contains appropriate protections for the brand. Read More ›

FTC Files Complaints against Companies That Failed to Fulfill Promises of Fast Delivery of Protective Equipment

The importance of timely delivery remains a top priority, particularly when making enhanced delivery promises. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FTC has filed complaints against three online merchandisers it believes have failed to deliver on quick shipping promises in contravention of the FTC’s Mail, Internet and Telephone Order Rule, commonly known as the Mail Order Sales Rule. Read More ›

Dark Patterns: FTC Reaches $10 Million Settlement with Children’s Online Learning Program over Marketing and Subscription Practices

Online children’s education company Age of Learning, Inc., also doing business as ABCmouse, has agreed to pay $10 million to settle the FTC’s charges that it made it difficult and confusing for subscribers to cancel their memberships.  The settlement highlights the importance of a compliant subscription enrollment pathway, including readily-accessible cancellation processes.  It also highlights a growing focus by regulators and others on “dark patterns” online marketing techniques. Read More ›

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