Amazon adverts banned for ‘misleading’ customers over savings – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, misrepresentation, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Four Amazon adverts for electronic devices have been banned for “misleading” customers over potential savings.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

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Adverts which promise bus fares ‘from £1’ banned after it emerges just 3 per cent of tickets are available at that price – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 28th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, news, transport by tracey

‘Savvy travel bookers who click on low price adverts may find they are often lead to air, rail and bus websites which do not have any seats at the advertised reduced fares. The advertising watchdog has found that in at least one case this is because there were never many low fare seats available at all, and has banned Megabus from advertising its seats as “from £1” after it was found only three per cent of seats were available at that price.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2018

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Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo banned from saying it can ‘help to reduce hair loss’ by Advertising Standards Authority – The Independent

Posted March 28th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, news by tracey

‘The makers of Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo must no longer advertise that the product can reduce hair loss after a watchdog ruled there was no adequate evidence to support the claim.’

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The Independent, 28th March 2018

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Essay-writing company’s adverts banned – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in advertising, misrepresentation, news, universities by sally

‘An essay-writing company has had its adverts banned after they were deemed to be misleading to students.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2018

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Photobox ad showing boy sitting on dog cleared after complaints – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

‘Adverts for the photo printing site Photobox have been cleared by a watchdog after it received 212 complaints.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2018

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Advertising watchdog cracks down on ticket resale websites – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in advertising, electronic commerce, fees, internet, news by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority has taken action against four large secondary ticketing sites over the misleading presentation of pricing information on their websites.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Watchdog faces court case over ‘lax’ broadband fibre definition – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2018 in advertising, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Britain’s advertising watchdog is being taken to the High Court over claims its lax definition of “fibre” broadband means customers are being hoodwinked into buying slow internet packages.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2018

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BSB agrees approach to improve transparency for clients of the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 26th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has set out a revised approach to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. This responds to the recent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study of legal services and takes full account of responses to a recent BSB consultation.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd February 2018

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BSB to proceed with ‘narrower’ transparency requirements – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in advertising, barristers, fees, news by tracey

‘The barristers’ regulator has reined in proposals to require barristers who specialise in contentious areas to publish their prices, opting instead to focus primarily on those undertaking public access work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd February 2018

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Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, electronic commerce, news by michael

“A television ad for Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that caused a viewer’s device to try to order cat food has been cleared by a UK regulator.”

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BBC News, 14th February

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Regulator launches ban on adverts that entice problem gamblers – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2018 in advertising, fines, gambling, news by michael

“Ads that encourage betting during live events or offer ‘free’ bets and bonuses will be banned.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2018

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ASA bans Poundland’s lewd toy elf ad campaign – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

‘Poundland’s risque Christmas ads featuring a naughty elf playing strip poker and performing a sex act on a Barbie doll have been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2018

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Online gambling firms urged to raise standards on terms and conditions for bonus promotions – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 5th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘Standards committed to by three gambling operators on the terms and conditions applied to “bonus promotions” set a benchmark that the rest of industry must also meet, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Gambling Commission have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd February 2018

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Government accused of “pulling its punches” over PI cold-calling ban – Legal Futures

‘The government was accused yesterday of “pulling its punches” and “shilly shallying” over introducing a ban on cold-calling for personal injury (PI) claims.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2018

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PPI firm fined £350,000 for making 75 million spam calls in four months – The Independent

‘A PPI company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been fined £350,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The director of Miss-sold Products UK Ltd will not face any punishment despite the company he ran “blatantly ignoring the law” because of shortcomings in existing legislation, the ICO said on Wednesday.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2018

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Government urged to ban nuisance calls and texts from claims firms – The Guardian

‘British consumers were bombarded with 2.2bn nuisance phone calls and texts from pensions, PPI and cash-for-crash claims firms last year, according to an analysis of Ofcom data.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Dating website eHarmony’s ‘scientific’ match ad banned – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, misrepresentation, news by sally

‘A dating website’s claim that it used a “scientifically proven matching system” to pair up those looking for love, has been banned.’

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BBC News, 3rd January 2018

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Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, internet, misrepresentation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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ASA puts onus on law firms to stop using Law Society’s “misleading” CQS claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, law firms, Law Society, misrepresentation, news, quality assurance by sally

‘All of the 3,000 law firms accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) need to ensure they are not using in their own marketing the society’s description of the scheme that was yesterday ruled to be misleading, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2017

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Toothpaste advert banned after it features naked model with onions – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, voyeurism, women by sally

‘A toothpaste advert that featured a naked model next to a pile of onions has been banned for “objectifying” women.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk