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#SocialMedia #Endorsement #Disclosures #Sponsored (notthispost): FTC Warns Social Media Influencers and Advertisers about Failure to Disclose Relationships

Recognizing the growing role of social media and influencers in marketing today, the Federal Trade Commission announced on April 19 that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and marketing executives reminding them to disclose relationships between brands and endorsers when promoting products on social media.  Although the FTC has taken action … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Enforcement Policy Statement on Native Advertising in New Media

Proskauer’s New Media and Technology Law Blog recently provided a helpful summary of the FTC’s Enforcement Policy Statement on native advertising.  Check it out here. *** Want to talk advertising? We welcome your questions, ideas, and thoughts on our posts. Email or call us at lweinstein@proskauer.com /212-969-3240 or akaplan@proskauer.com /212-969-3671. We are editors of Proskauer … Continue Reading

Nutritious and Judicious: Nutribullet Blender False Ad Claim Survives Attack from Ninjas and Phantom Reviewers

While courts may not officially be in the business of ghostbusting, a district court in California recently offered some support to a blender manufacturer apparently haunted by a phantom reviewer. The court found that negative internet reviews posted by the shadowy “Chris W” – who is allegedly a front for a competitor – can suffice … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Docs On How To Provide Accurate Risk/Benefit Info in 140 Characters Or Less And Clean Up 3rd Party UGC [129/140]

Last Tuesday, the FDA issued two draft industry guidance documents advising pharmaceutical companies on how to accurately communicate information concerning prescription drugs and medical devices on social media and other Internet platforms.  The first guidance contains recommendations for promoting medical products on social media and internet platforms with character limitations, such as Twitter or paid … Continue Reading

Social Media Class Actions Buy the Farm(Ville): Ninth Circuit Dismisses Consumer Claims Against Zynga and Facebook for Sharing User Information with Advertisers

Farmville is a game that celebrates the digital harvest: players earn Farm Coins by diligently and systematically harvesting their virtual crops. Yet a different kind of digital harvest – the harvest of user data – was at the heart of two unsuccessful class action suits users filed against Facebook and Zynga. While the Ninth Circuit … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Consumer Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

It appears that California’s consumer-friendly Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus & Prof. Code §17200 et seq. (“UCL”), encompasses claims made regarding website privacy policies. In In re LinkedIn User Privacy Litigation, No. 5:12-cv-0388-EJD, a Northern District of California court denied LinkedIn’s motion to dismiss a putative class action concerning LinkedIn’s allegedly misleading privacy policy statement … Continue Reading

Get That Thing Out of My Face(book)! – Canadian Woman Brings Class Action Against Facebook in Ontario for Private Message Scanning

How private is private? This is the question at the heart of a putative class action recently brought against Facebook in Toronto.  Plaintiff Lavinia Latham claims, on behalf of herself and up to 18-million similarly situated Canadians, that Facebook committed a number of privacy offenses by extracting information from users’ private messages without permission and using that … Continue Reading
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