Tag: false advertising

June 14, 2011

FTC Tries to Stay One Step Ahead of Internet Fraud

The FTC’s recent settlement with a California-based Internet marketer may provide a good example of why the Commission is revising its online advertising guidelines. The FTC announced last Thursday that it has reached a settlement with Jaivin Karnani, his company, Balls of Kryptonite, and several associated companies.  The settlement resolves charges the FTC brought against… Read More

May 18, 2011

Sellers Beware: Regulatory Action May Lead to Criminal Charges

Having the Federal Trade Commission – or any other government agency – initiate an action against you or your company may seem like very bad news. But it can get much worse. Sometimes, what starts as a civil action by a government regulator can culminate in jail time. This is the hard lesson learned by… Read More

April 29, 2011

FTC Files Suit Against Acai Marketing Sites Disguised as ‘News’

The FTC recently filed suit against ten operations with websites that market acai berry weight loss products. The FTC alleged that the companies’ websites – which look like news websites – deceived consumers who thought the sites were credible journalistic outlets as opposed to elaborate marketing schemes. According to the FTC, the sites contained titles… Read More

March 21, 2011

Does Google Need to Police Its Ads for Fraud?

Do Google and other search engines have an obligation to screen their advertisers for those who may be perpetrating consumer fraud? Google has said in the past that its AdWords Content Policy will reject advertisements for sites that make false claims and that it investigates and removes any ads that violate Google’s internal policies, but… Read More

March 10, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-up, February 19 – March 8

This is the third of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Will the Internet Taint a Loughner Verdict? Is it impossible for accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner to get a fair trial because jurors will inevitably be looking… Read More

March 4, 2011

Ifrah Quoted in News Outlets Coast to Coast

On March 2, 2011, Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of the Ifrah Law firm in Washington, D.C., provided commentary on two different breaking news items to The Washington Post, the Associated Press, ABC News, the Blog of the Legal Times and several other major news outlets. That day, an article in The Washington Post quoted Ifrah… Read More

March 3, 2011

FTC Cracks Down on Merchants’ Empty Promises

On March 2, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Empty Promises,” a multi-agency law enforcement initiative aimed at cracking down on misleading “work from home” and other business opportunity offers. The campaign includes more than 90 actions brought by various state and federal agencies in the past year, including the Department of Justice, the… Read More

February 25, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Semi-monthly Blog Wrap-up, February 1-18

This is the second of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Is D.C. on the Way to Legalizing Online Poker? On February 2, we were among the first media outlets to point out that a little-noticed amendment could… Read More

February 10, 2011

FTC Cracks Down on Bogus Virus-Removal Software

It’s a gut-wrenching feeling when a computer owner realizes that his or her computer may be infected with a virus. Immediately, one’s thoughts turn to the data that could be permanently lost — documents and pictures that may be difficult or impossible to replace. Next comes the realization that if the documents can be recovered… Read More

February 7, 2011

FTC Looks at Football Helmet Safety Claims

Helmet safety has caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission, which is looking into marketing claims that some football helmets can help reduce concussions. Recent months have seen widespread publicity about concussions and other traumatic head and neck injuries suffered by football players, prompting the National Football League to step up enforcement of rules… Read More

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