Council to bring judicial review action over DCLG direction on newspaper frequency – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2015 in advertising, budgets, employment, housing, judicial review, local government, media, news by sally

‘The Royal Borough of Greenwich is to bring judicial review proceedings after the Communities Secretary earlier this month served the authority with a direction requiring it to cut publication of its weekly newspaper.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2015

Source: www.localgovernment.co.uk

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Greens lose out in latest TV ruling but Ukip gain after being classed as ‘major party’ – The Independent

Posted March 17th, 2015 in advertising, elections, media, news, political parties by sally

‘Television viewers will have to endure even more coverage of Nigel Farage in the run-up to the election but will not be forced to sit through as many awkward Natalie Bennett interviews.’

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The Independent, 16th March 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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FCA warns of potential pitfalls of ‘retweeting’ in new social media guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 16th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies that ‘retweet’ comments on Twitter could find themselves in breach of rules on financial promotions, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th March 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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MPs pass legislation to introduce standardised cigarette packaging – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2015 in advertising, bills, news, parliament, smoking by sally

‘MPs have voted by a majority of 254 in favour of introducing standardised cigarette packaging from May 2016.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Watchdog bans misleading Amazon Prime ‘free trial’ ad – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, media, news by tracey

‘Amazon has been banned from sending an advertisement to customers promoting a “free trial” of its Amazon Prime service after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled it was misleading.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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TV ad for ‘world’s slimmest phone’ banned for objectifying women – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, women by sally

‘A TV ad for the “world’s slimmest phone” has been banned for objectifying women.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Booking.com travel advert cleared by watchdog – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news by sally

‘A travel website’s TV advert that used the word “booking” as an apparent substitute for an expletive has been cleared by the advertising watchdog.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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New guidance aimed at distinguishing digital advertising from editorial content – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 10th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses should ensure that ‘native advertising’ developed on their behalf has prominent “visible visual cues” that allow consumers to immediately identify it as marketing material, under new industry guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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ASA bans advert implying vitamin pills could help women conceive – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, food, health, news, pregnancy, regulations by sally

‘An advert for a vitamin supplement designed for women trying to conceive has been banned after the regulator ruled there was no proof that the product could increase the likelihood of pregnancy.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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P2P lending platforms’ marketing scrutinised by FCA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2015 in advertising, banking, financial regulation, news by sally

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms risk being told what terminology they can and cannot use in their marketing material if concerns identified by the UK’s City watchdog go unaddressed, an expert has said.

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th January 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky cleared by advertising watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in advertising, alcoholism, charities, children, food, news, regulations, sport by tracey

‘David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky brand Haig Club has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog, despite complaints that the former footballer’s endorsement promotes drinking among children.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Google in court again over ‘right to be above British law’ on alleged secret monitoring – The Independent

Posted December 9th, 2014 in advertising, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A battle by Google to establish that it is above British law resumed today in a landmark trial that will decide whether or not it can be held accountable by its users in this country.’

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The Independent, 8th December 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Weight-loss ad featuring ex-Coronation Street star Denise Welch banned – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in advertising, health, news, obesity, regulations by sally

‘An advert for the weight loss programme LighterLife featuring former Coronation Street and Loose Women star Denise Welch has been banned after the actor lost weight more quickly than regulations deem to be safe.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Advertising regulator warns firms over ‘unclear’ commercial content in video blogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in advertising, internet, news by sally

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has told companies that they must be “up front and clear” with audiences when products are promoted online, such as in video blogs (vlogs).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st December 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Let Me Stop You There… The test for lifting injunctions in public procurement challenges – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 27th, 2014 in advertising, EC law, injunctions, news, public procurement, regulations, tenders by sally

‘If you’ve seen an advert in the last few years warning you to submit your tax return on time, telling you not to drink and drive, or asking you to consider joining the armed forces, chances are that the company responsible was Group M UK Limited. That company has been at the heart of an important recent case concerning the test for lifting suspensions of contracts in public procurement challenges.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 21st November 2014

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Keyword confusion – Interflora v Marks & Spencer sent for retrial – Technology Law Update

Posted November 17th, 2014 in advertising, appeals, injunctions, internet, news, statistics, trade marks by sally

‘Online retailing is growing fast. Research suggests that it makes up over 12% of UK retail sales, with the US and Germany close behind. Many of the advertising and promotional techniques used in e-commerce are necessarily different from those deployed in more traditional sales methods. One of the techniques currently popular is the use of keyword advertising such as Google’s AdWords.’

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Technology Law Update, 12th November 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Law firm’s medical negligence advert “likely to cause distress to pregnant viewers” – Legal Futures

Posted November 12th, 2014 in advertising, medical treatment, negligence, news, pregnancy, regulations by tracey

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that a TV medical negligence advert for Merseyside personal injury specialists Michael W Halsall Solicitors was “likely to cause undue distress to pregnant viewers”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Interflora Inc and another v Marks and Spencer plc (No 5) – WLR Daily

Posted November 11th, 2014 in advertising, appeals, burden of proof, internet, law reports, trade marks by tracey

Interflora Inc and another v Marks and Spencer plc (No 5): [2014] EWCA Civ 1403; [2014] WLR (D) 473

‘On a claim for infringement of a trade mark under article 5(1)(a) of Council Directive 89/104/EEC through keyword advertising the onus of proof lay on the trade mark proprietor to establish that the advertisement complained of did not enable normally informed and reasonably attentive Internet users, or enabled them only with difficulty, to ascertain whether the goods or services referred to by the advertisement originated from the trade mark proprietor or an undertaking economically connected to it or, on the contrary, originated from a third party.’

WLR Daily, 5th November 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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First TV advert in 50 years for someone smoking – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 10th, 2014 in advertising, news, smoking by sally

‘Smoking cigarettes in adverts was banned in 1965, but now it is back.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Page 3 model ad banned for being ‘sexist and objectifiying women’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2014 in advertising, gambling, media, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘The newspaper advert, which offered a date with a Page 3 model as a prize, has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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