Lenders court new controversy over misleading loan rates – The Independent

Posted June 8th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, interest, loans, news by sally

‘UK consumers are paying millions more than they expect for personal loans as the gap between advertised and actual interest rates on such borrowing grows.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Junk food deals and adverts face fresh restrictions – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2018 in advertising, children, food, health, news by sally

‘Two-for-one junk food deals and the sale of sweets and chocolates around supermarket checkouts will reportedly be banned under a new government campaign against child obesity.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

New broadband speed advert standards in force in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 31st, 2018 in advertising, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Broadband providers in the UK are now subject to stricter rules over the claims they can make about the speed of their services.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th May 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Gambling website games based on fairytales banned – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in advertising, children, gambling, news by sally

‘Games on a gambling website called Fairytale Legends and Fairies Forest have been banned because of the likelihood that they would appeal to children.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Vegan group’s advert wrongly linking cow’s milk to cancer is banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2018 in advertising, cancer, complaints, food, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘A vegan group’s “misleading” advert linking cow’s milk to cancer has been banned. The poster by activists Viva! triggered two complaints to watchdogs after being seen on buses in Bristol last September.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Online adverts attract more complaints than TV ads for first time ever, says watchdog – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, internet, media, news by tracey

‘Online adverts have attracted more complaints that television ads for the first time, the industry watchdog has said. Internet adverts attracted 10,932 complaints last year compared to 9,466 for TV.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Martin Lewis sues Facebook over fake adverts with his name – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in advertising, defamation, internet, news by tracey

‘Martin Lewis, the consumer advice and money-saving expert, is suing Facebook for defamation after it published dozens of fake adverts featuring his face and name.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

BSB investigates how chambers advertise for and recruit pupils to check for “unjustified” barriers – Legal Futures

Posted April 20th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, diversity, news, pupillage by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is reviewing whether there are “unjustified and discriminatory barriers to pupillage” at the advertising and recruitment stage, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.theguardian.com