Fighting knock-offs, an FDA warning to CBD makers, and more in this issue of Advertising Law News & Analysis

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A Little-Known Tool to Fight Knock-Offs

It is often difficult or impossible for brands to identify the source of foreign knock-off products, making litigation expensive and likely ineffective. However, write Venable attorneys Andrew Pratt, Chris Crook, and Calvin Nelson in the most recent edition of Electronic Retailer magazine, the broad remedies available through the U.S. International Trade Commission can provide a viable path to halting mass-market infringement.

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FDA Warns CBD Makers, Again

For the third year in a row, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rash of warning letters to the makers of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) for marketing unapproved new drugs, write Venable attorneys Randy Shaheen and Katie Sheridan in a recent blog post. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana, used by many to treat a number of symptoms, including pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Although the companies receiving letters market their products as dietary supplements, the FDA letters assert that the companies’ claims regarding their products cause them to be considered drugs.

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Advertising Law Tool Kit

From the Tool Kit

Brand owners face many challenges in relation to managing and protecting their brands in today’s global marketplace. In the most recent edition of the firm's Advertising Law Tool Kit, Venable partners Venable partners Roger Colaizzi, Marci Ballard, Josh Kaufman, and Justin Pierce outline a handful of strategies and tactics that brands can use to fight infringement.

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Webinar: Addressing and Preventing Inappropriate Behavior in Your Workplace

December 19, 2017

How did we get here today, and how do employers move forward? In this complimentary webinar, Venable employment and investigations lawyers Michael Volpe, Doreen Martin, and Megan Mann will review and discuss the proactive steps employers should take to address and prevent sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior in order to maintain a safe and productive workplace. The panel will help you unpack and answer these and other questions:

  • What is inappropriate in and out of the workplace?
  • When do employees come near the boundary or cross it?
  • How to improve the safety of the workplace through an effective harassment policy.
  • What to do now? Policy review, training, employee communications, evaluating the process for handling complaints, looking at the past, etc.
  • When do you conduct an investigation, and how can you do so effectively and efficiently?