Advertising & Product Risk Management

On Tuesday, March 24, the Prime Minister of Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games will be postponed for one year. In a statement, IOC officials said the Games would be “rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of

When diseases become newsworthy, advertisers may be tempted to profit, claiming that their products can help prevent, treat or cure the disease.  Some advertisers did exactly that as the recent COVID-19 pandemic became a regular part of the news cycle.

In January 2020, GOJO Industries, Inc., the makers of hand sanitizer brand Purell, received a

The “clean” beauty movement is picking up steam. Health-conscious consumers are paying more attention to ingredients applied to their bodies and are looking for products made without harmful chemicals. In response to the demand, some popular cosmetics companies are now offering so-called, “clean” beauty lines. Companies considering joining this trend should take into account the

With the recent rise of federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters to the manufacturers of various ingestible cannabidiol (“CBD”) products, we can expect an increase in false advertising claims against manufacturers, distributers and sellers of those products. Nonetheless, in an important case of first impression in this arena, a federal trial court in

When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued 15 warning letters to companies selling CBD-infused products late last year, it more than doubled the number of warning letters directed to manufacturers of such products in 2019. The warning letters were announced in a November 25 press release in which FDA also stated that, at

On November 5, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission released a, first-of-its kind, guidance targeting online influencers. The new guide titled “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers” informs influencers when and how they must disclose sponsorships with brands to their followers.  This is part of the FTC’s increasing focus on making product endorsements more transparent.

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How can you tell if an online review is truly genuine? Who’s regulating? Who’s watching?

Lauren Aronson, vice chair of the Consumer Protection Committee at the ABA Antitrust section, addresses these questions in Episode #7 of the ABA antitrust section’s podcast, “Our Curious Amalgam,” speaking on the topic, “Too Much Influence? Consumer Protection

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is soliciting comments on its 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims and its ongoing enforcement of that policy. On September 26, 2019, the FTC held a workshop with key stakeholders to discuss how consumers perceive “Made in USA” claims, how advertisers and marketers comply with the standard, and

“The hallmark of the continuing offense is that it perdures beyond the initial illegal act, and that ‘each day brings a renewed threat of the evil Congress sought to prevent’…” Toussie v. United States, 90 S. Ct. 858, 864 (1970). In a ruling issued May 9, the Seventh Circuit determined that a failure

On Friday, a federal grand jury in California returned an indictment against two business executives, Simon Chu and Charley Loh, for their alleged roles in distributing defective dehumidifiers and, critically, failing to report required information to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In announcing the indictment, the U.S. Department of Justice proclaimed that this