Keyword advertising must not cause financial promotions to fall foul of compliance standards, warns FCA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 14th, 2014 in advertising, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies have been warned to review their use of online keyword advertising after the City regulator said it can lead to financial promotions being deemed to be misleading.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Drink-driving: Parliamentary group calls for tough new rules – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2014 in advertising, alcohol abuse, drunk in charge, health & safety, news by sally

‘Tough new rules on drink-driving are expected to be proposed to Parliament on Monday that would bring the UK in line with Europe on the issue.’

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The Independent, 10th August 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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‘Offensive’ Rio Christ statue advert banned by watchdog – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2014 in advertising, Christianity, complaints, gambling, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Complaints over an advert showing Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue and a bikini-clad woman have been upheld by the advertising watchdog.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Solicitor suspended over boiler-room scam – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor involved in a boiler-room scam to push financial products to clients has been suspended from practice for 18 months.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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District council loses High Court bid to stop DCLG claw back of EU funds – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 8th, 2014 in advertising, contracts, government departments, local government, news by tracey

‘A district council has lost a judicial review challenge over the Communities Secretary’s decision to claw back almost £160,000 in payments made from the European Regional Development Fund.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Rolf Harris jailed for five years nine months for indecently assaulting girls – The Guardian

‘The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, sentenced the 84-year-old entertainer to a total of five years and nine months in prison on 12 counts of indecent assault. Harris will serve half the total jail sentence with some of the individual sentences to be served consecutively and others concurrently.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Gay bus advert ban probed by High Court – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in advertising, appeals, charities, Christianity, homosexuality, lobbying, news by sally

‘A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson acted improperly in banning a bus advert suggesting people could “get over” homosexuality.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Tribunal upholds decision to overturn ICO fine for unsolicited marketing activities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 24th, 2014 in advertising, appeals, fines, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has lost its appeal against a decision to overturn a £300,000 monetary penalty it served on an individual for his part in what the watchdog claimed was a serious breach of UK privacy laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd June 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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New laws to stop claims firms giving away tablet PCs – BBC News

‘Lawyers and claims firms are to be banned from offering incentives such as free tablet computers to encourage people to make insurance claims’

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BBC News, 7th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Rihanna Rogue perfume ad restricted due to ‘sexually suggestive’ image – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2014 in advertising, children, complaints, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘Advertising Standards Authority says poster can only be displayed in areas where it is unlikely to be seen by children.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Law firm’s medical negligence advert was misleading, ASA rules – Legal Futures

‘An internet banner advertisement by an Essex law firm which showed a woman’s face above the slogan “awarded £40,000 after cosmetic surgery – claim now” was misleading, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 21st May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014

Posted May 15th, 2014 in advertising, gambling, legislation, licensing by tracey

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Watchdog bans Center Parcs advert promoting term-time family holidays – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2014 in advertising, news, parental responsibility, school children by sally

‘An advertisement for Center Parcs resorts has been banned for “irresponsibly” encouraging parents to take their children on holiday during term time.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Jimmy Savile: Adverts advise victims on compensation – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in advertising, compensation, news, sexual offences by sally

‘People who say they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Trade Marks and Internet Searches: Lush v Amazon – NIPC Law

Posted April 9th, 2014 in advertising, internet, news, trade marks by sally

‘In Cosmetic Warriors Ltd and Another v amazon.co.uk Ltd and Another [2014] EWHC 181 Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a judge of the High Court, had to decide whether causing advertising to appear on an Internet user’s screen for products that competed with those of the claimants whenever the user entered the claimants’ trade mark into a search box amounted to an infringement of the claimants’ mark.’

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NIPC Law, 7th April 2014

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Wonga TV advert banned by advertising watchdog – BBC News

Posted April 9th, 2014 in advertising, complaints, loans, media, news by sally

‘A TV advert for payday loans firm Wonga has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled it confused the public about the interest rates that applied.’


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BBC News, 9th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Duped by the ‘blood analyst’ who says he can cure cancer – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2014 in advertising, cancer, consumer protection, doctors, news by sally

‘Controversial Harley Street specialist is found guilty of claiming he can cure cancer in landmark case brought by trading standards.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Paddy Power Oscar Pistorius ‘money back if he walks’ ad broke rules and brought UK advertising into disrepute, ASA finds – The Independent

‘A Paddy Power advert that offered a “money back if he walks” guarantee for betting on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial broke rules and brought the UK’s advertising industry into disrepute, the regulator has found.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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OFT: ‘significant gaps’ in university prospectuses – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2014 in advertising, consumer protection, fees, news, universities by tracey

‘The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warns that universities are failing to supply students with enough information before they apply, but finds no evidence of ‘fee fixing’ between institutions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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E-cigarette ad banned over health claims – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2014 in advertising, health & safety, news, ombudsmen, smoking by tracey

‘An advert for an e-cigarette brand has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled that claims including that it was “the healthier smoking alternative” could not be substantiated.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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