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FTC Brings Action Against PR Agency and Publisher for Misleading Online Endorsements and Deceptively Formatted Advertising

Davis & Gilbert discuss the FTC’s settlement with a public relations agency and its CEO, as well as a magazine publisher and its sole owner, alleging claims that they misrepresented paid endorsements as independent consumer opinions and commercial advertising as independent journalistic content.

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1-800 Contacts Unlawfully Restricted Competitors’ Trademark Use in Search Engine Marketing

Davis & Gilbert highlights the FTC’s recent decision that agreements reached by 1-800 Contacts, Inc. with a number of its competitors unlawfully restricted the competitors’ ability to engage in search engine marketing, to the detriment of both consumers and search engines.

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Kavanaugh and Commercial Speech

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6, by one of the slimmest approval margins ever for a Supreme Court Justice. While the fall-out from the rancorous hearings will likely ripple-forward in expected and unexpected ways, one thing is for certain – Associate Justice Kavanaugh, just 53 years old, has decades ahead of him to shape the direction of our nation’s most powerful judicial body. A more important consideration for the advertising and marketing community – what can we expect to see from our newest Associate Justice on the topic of commercial speech?

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ICC Advertising and Marketing Communications Code 2018

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Advertising and Marketing Communications Code is a global self-regulatory framework that seeks to identify the do’s and don’ts for responsible marketing. The code gives best practices to follow to ensure legal, honest, decent and truthful communications.

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FTC Announces Plans to Hold Hearings On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

FTC Announces Plans to Hold A Series Of Hearings On “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century” In late June the FTC announced plans to hold a series of hearings examining competition and consumer protection in the 21st Century. The Commission has indicated that the hearings will seek to discover “whether broad-based changes in […]

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New California Privacy Law Calls for Significant Changes

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz highlight key provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

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Surveying the Digital Future

Research Services

Digital media behaviors, usage of emerging technologies, privacy concerns, the Internet’s importance in political campaigns, and more are featured in The Center for the Digital Future’s annual report.

FTC Brings Action Against PR Agency and Publisher for Misleading Online Endorsements and Deceptively Formatted Advertising

Davis & Gilbert discuss the FTC’s settlement with a public relations agency and its CEO, as well as a magazine publisher and its sole owner, alleging claims that they misrepresented paid endorsements as independent consumer opinions and commercial advertising as independent journalistic content.

Tech & Media Outlook 2019

Research Services

Activate identifies and evaluates the most important trends for tech and media in the coming year.

1-800 Contacts Unlawfully Restricted Competitors’ Trademark Use in Search Engine Marketing

Davis & Gilbert highlights the FTC’s recent decision that agreements reached by 1-800 Contacts, Inc. with a number of its competitors unlawfully restricted the competitors’ ability to engage in search engine marketing, to the detriment of both consumers and search engines.

84% Less Fraud in TAG-Certified Distribution Channels, Study Shows

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, has released an updated analysis by The 614 Group that shows a reduction in fraud of more than 84 percent in TAG Certified distribution channels, compared with the broader industry average. Click here to view the […]

Kavanaugh and Commercial Speech

Government Relations

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6, by one of the slimmest approval margins ever for a Supreme Court Justice. While the fall-out from the rancorous hearings will likely ripple-forward in expected and unexpected ways, one thing is for certain – Associate Justice Kavanaugh, just 53 years old, has decades ahead of him to shape the direction of our nation’s most powerful judicial body. A more important consideration for the advertising and marketing community – what can we expect to see from our newest Associate Justice on the topic of commercial speech?

Understanding Inventory Quality-Thinking Beyond Bots

Research Services

PubMatic provides insights for media buyers and publishers on how to successfully operate in the new programmatic environment. This paper focuses on fraud prevention and practices that encompass inventory quality control.

Transparency in the Programmatic Supply Chain

Research Services

Read this white paper from R3 Worldwide to get a better handle on programmatic media buying transparency.

ICC Advertising and Marketing Communications Code 2018

Research Services

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Advertising and Marketing Communications Code is a global self-regulatory framework that seeks to identify the do’s and don’ts for responsible marketing. The code gives best practices to follow to ensure legal, honest, decent and truthful communications.