Social media celebrities under investigation by business watchdog – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advertising, competition, internet, news, remuneration by sally

‘Celebrities who promote products on social media are under investigation by the competition watchdog amid concerns they are not making it clear when they have been paid to do so.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Amazon told to clarify ‘misleading’ one-day delivery claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 15th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, electronic commerce, news by sally

‘Companies must provide easy access to compensation if they fail to deliver shopping on time, a consumer group has urged, after Amazon was ordered to clarify its “misleading” one-day delivery claim for Prime customers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Passing off – The Military Mutual Ltd v Police Mutual Assurance Society Ltd – NIPC Law

‘The claimant arranges insurance and mortgages for past and present members of the armed forces. On the “About Us” page of its website, it describers itself as “a Mutual set up to provide fair, financial services such as Home, Landlord, Military Kit and Business cover to those who are serving, veterans, families and supporters of our armed forces.” Note the use of the big letter “M” in mutual, That is a big part of the company’s ethos. It says that its “manifesto is very simple: always do the right thing for our Members.” The company has no shareholders or employees and is led in the main by retired senior officers who describe themselves as “customers and Members”. Anybody who acquires a policy or mortgage through the claimant company can become a member. Its business, however, is managed by Regis Mutual Management Limited.’

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NIPC Law, 10th August 2018

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Kellogg’s ‘disappointed’ by TV ad ban for ‘healthier’ granola product – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2018 in advertising, children, food, media, news by tracey

‘Kellogg’s said it was disappointed by a ruling that banned its TV advert to appear between children’s programmes, despite it being for a “healthier” product. Ads for food giants KFC and Kellogg’s have been banned for promoting junk food to children, one outside a school and the other during a television cartoon programme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2018

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Gambling licences to be tied to UK advertising and privacy rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 6th, 2018 in advertising, gambling, licensing, news, privacy by sally

‘Gambling providers in Britain could lose the right to operate if they fail to comply with UK advertising rules, privacy regulations or consumer protection law under new licensing requirements set to apply from later this year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Advertising watchdog rules against Gatwick Express ’30 minutes to London’ claim – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2018 in advertising, news, railways by sally

‘The Gatwick Express rail service can no longer claim it can get passengers from the airport to London “in just 30 minutes” after the advertising watchdog found that more than a fifth of its services are delayed.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2018

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Funeral ads banned by TfL over ‘widespread offence’ – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2018 in advertising, bereavement, London, news, transport by sally

‘The company behind a set of funeral comparison adverts banned by Transport for London has said it was trying to break the “taboo” around death.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Heinz baked beans TV advert banned for second time – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in advertising, food, news by sally

‘A TV advert for Heinz baked beans has been banned for comparing its nutritional value to a protein shake.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs call for consultation on fur sales ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in advertising, animals, consultations, news by tracey

‘MPs have called for a consultation to ban the sale of real fur after finding that retailers and Trading Standards were “complacent” about it being labelled as fake.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2018

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Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising “healthier” tobacco products or face legal action – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, news, smoking by tracey

‘The Government will take one of the world’s largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2018

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Safestyle UK: Window firm fined for ‘aggressive sales’ – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, fines, news, regulations by tracey

‘A double-glazing windows and doors firm which used aggressive sales techniques and lied to customers to secure sales has been fined £120,000. Sheffield Crown Court heard Safestyle UK employees used a variety of “unlawful business practices” to apply pressure to homeowners.

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BBC News, 16th July 2018

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The Routemaster replica model that costs £1,150 and takes two years to complete – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

‘The advertising standards watchdog has banned a series of adverts promoting the chance to build the replica after it emerged it would take two years to complete , at a cost of more than £1,150.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2018 in advertising, elections, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘”Urgent” action is needed to make online political advertising more honest and transparent, the UK’s election watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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