• 04.22.20

    FTC Sends Ten Warning Letters Over Coronavirus Claims

    On April 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to ten companies in the United States and overseas, in response to allegedly unsubstantiated claims that their products can treat or prevent the novel coronavirus.

  • 04.14.20

    Coronavirus Crisis: A Compliance Guide For Cause Marketing in an Era of Social Distancing

    The offers are popping up everywhere: “Buy a protective face mask on our website and we will donate a mask to a hospital or a community in need” or “Retweet this message and we will donate $1 to a COVID-19 relief fund.”

  • 04.08.20

    FDA and FTC Warn CBD Company Over Fraudulent COVID-19 Products

    The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently established a cross-agency task force that is dedicated to closely monitoring for fraudulent products related to COVID-19.

  • 04.08.20

    Williams-Sonoma Reaches $1M Settlement With FTC

    Williams-Sonoma Inc., which does business as Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, West Elm, Rejuvenation, Outward and Mark & Graham, has agreed to stop making false, misleading and unsubstantiated claims that certain of its product lines are ...

  • 03.31.20

    COVID-19 Update: When You Find Yourself in Times of Trouble, Don’t Forget Retail Price Gouging Laws

    Unless you’ve been off the grid for the past month rafting in the Grand Canyon, you’ll know that the hoarding of toilet paper and hand sanitizer has apparently become our country’s most popular March pastime during our new COVID-19 reality, which makes it tempting to retailers ...

  • 03.31.20

    DOJ’s First Coronavirus Fraud Action Targets ‘Vaccine Kits’

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) took its first action to combat fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic, scoring a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the unknown registrant of a website that purported to sell “vaccine kits.”

  • 03.26.20

    FDA, FTC Issue First COVID-19 Warnings

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to seven companies for allegedly making claims that their products can treat or prevent the disease.

  • 03.26.20

    NAD Reports on Fast-Track Process

    The National Advertising Division (NAD) provided a summary from recent meetings about the proposed procedures for the Fast-Track SWIFT (Single Well-defined Issue Fast Track) process, which the self-regulatory body expects to launch in spring 2020.  

  • 03.18.20

    Pain Relief Device Marketers to Pay $4M

    The marketers of a pain relief device reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), agreeing to pay at least $4 million and stop making the claims challenged by the agency as false and deceptive.  

  • 03.18.20

    NAD Extinguishes Spark Card Testimonials

    The National Advertising Division (NAD) snuffed out Capital One’s Spark Cash Card’s use of consumer testimonials in a case brought by competitor JPMorgan Chase Bank.

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