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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.

Showing 14 posts in COVID-19.

NAD Reviews Portable UV-C Light Product Advertised on TV (Case #6426, 12/10/20)

In a quintessential Covid-era case, following part of its routine monitoring program, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (“NAD”) requested substantiation for claims made by Ontel Products Corporation in respect of its “Safe & Healthy” branded portable UV-C sanitizing light. Read More ›

Olshan Branding Management and Protection Attorneys Present Webinar on Marketing in the COVID-19 Era to the Bronx Third Avenue BID

Olshan Advertising partners Andrew Lustigman and Scott Shaffer, along with Olshan Intellectual Property partners Tamara Carmichael and Mary Grieco—all of whom are members of Olshan’s Brand Management & Protection Practice Group—will present a webinar entitled “Marketing in the COVID-19 Era” for the Bronx Third Avenue Business Improvement District on December 16 at 9am. Areas to be covered include ecommerce marketing, advertising claims, social media marketing, and data privacy, followed by a Q&A. Read More ›

Olshan’s Advertising Practice Provides Pro Bono Support to COVID-19 and Racial Equality Fundraiser

Olshan’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice is providing pro bono legal support on a sweepstakes run by In Good Taste, a fundraising initiative whose goal is to help ease the suffering caused by COVID-19 and racial inequality. Read More ›

Webinar - Retail Marketing Compliance in Post-COVID Era

Our fast-moving webinar discussed key issues involving marketing and business practices in the current environment. 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 ›

Federal Enforcement against Marketers Making Allegedly Deceptive Coronavirus-Related Health Claims

As we have previously reported, like other regulators, the FTC has been quick to take action against companies that it believes are seeking to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. The FTC has sent warning letters to approximately 300 companies that it has alleged were making unsubstantiated or potentially misleading claims about products related to the coronavirus. Recently, the FTC has taken decisive action against a company to which it has previously sent a warning letter, alleging that such company has continued to make deceptive and misleading advertising claims in spite of the FTC’s warning. Read More ›

Andrew Lustigman Contributes to Business Ethics During COVID-19 Companies Digest Article

Andrew Lustigman, head of Olshan’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group, was featured in a Companies Digest article comprising assessments by leading business law attorneys. Read More ›

Andrew Lustigman Quoted in AdAge on the Advertisement Agreements Between TikTok and Brands

Andrew Lustigman, head of Olshan’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group, was quoted in AdAge (subscription required) regarding the impending ban that may happen to TikTok and how it would affect the brands that use the platform to publish its advertisements. Read More ›

SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Companies for Misleading COVID-19 Claims

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed enforcement actions on May 14, 2020, against two unrelated companies, Turbo Global Partners, Inc. (“Turbo”) and Applied BioSciences Corp. (“APPB”). The SEC charged both companies with securities fraud based on alleged materially misleading statements that the companies were offering and shipping products to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). These actions taken by the SEC are consistent with approaches taken by other regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”), with regard to misleading statements made in connection with coronavirus-related products. On the whole, regulators appear to be particularly cognizant of businesses and individuals seeking to take improper advantage of the circumstances created by the global pandemic, and as such are taking action against such companies and individuals. Read More ›

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