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Restaurant Law University: Branding and Marketing Concerns

May 23, 2017

Hospitality businesses are becoming increasingly creative in their marketing, not only to win new business, but also to maintain relationships with loyal customers. On June 6, 2017, Kyle-Beth Hilfer will moderate and speak at Restaurant Law University. In her presentation on branding, she will discuss the legal implications of various branding and marketing techniques.

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Influencer Marketing Ills: Legal Problems on Instagram

April 24, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been watching social media influencer marketing campaigns particularly carefully. In the modern world of social media marketing, the line between acceptable business practices and illegal deceptive speech can be blurry. The government agency wants to ensure that consumers are not manipulated with endorsements and testimonials that brands have “bought.” In the first quarter of 2017, the FTC went on the prowl on Instagram to find influencers and brands whose posts may be violating the law. In April, the FTC sent over ninety letters to companies and some celebrity and other social media users, reminding them of the legal requirements for clarity in their influencer marketing.

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Consumer Protection: Preparing for Evolution under President Trump

January 23, 2017

With the inauguration of President Trump, I have four broad predictions about consumer protection under the new administration.

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Food Law: Advertising & Marketing Concerns for Food Entrepreneurs

April 26, 2016

From food subscription services to mobile food trucks, food is on the go, liberated from traditional kitchens. Food law has grown with this thriving industry. For food entrepreneurs launching or growing their businesses, here are ten advertising and marketing law issues to consider.

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FTC Assault on Lord & Taylor Follows Viral Product Bomb Campaign

March 25, 2016

Industry members were surprised to see swift enforcement of the FTC’s Native Advertising Enforcement Policy, disseminated in December 2015. On March 15, 2016, the FTC announced its first consent order under this policy. Retailer Lord & Taylor (L&T) had run a highly successful social media “product bomb” campaign in March 2015 to launch its apparel line Design Lab. The campaign focused on one paisley, asymmetrical dress. L&T contracted with Nylon, an online fashion magazine, to run an article about the collection and feature the paisley dress. L&T also required Nylon to post a photo of the dress on its Instagram page. L&T reviewed both the article and the Instagram post before publication but failed to require a disclosure that they were paid advertising. Instead, the FTC alleged that L&T falsely and deceptively presented Nylon’s content as independent opinion about the Design Lab line.

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Fast Talkers Not Needed: FCC Updates “Contest Rule”

September 24, 2015

Times have changed, and the FCC has noticed. For almost four decades since 1976, we have heard fast talking announcers on radio and television, rushing through legal disclaimers at the end of commercials for contests. The FCC’s “contest rule” had required full disclosure on air of material terms of a contest or sweepstakes. (See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.1216.) Recently, the FCC adopted revised rules that would allow broadcasters to refer consumers to an Internet website instead of reading contest rules on air.

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