March 21, 2019

Advertising Law News and Analysis

2 min

Definitely Not "Winning": Scammers Pay Millions to FTC and Missouri Attorney General for Running Deceptive Prize Scheme

In February 2018, the FTC teamed up with the Missouri attorney general's office in filing a complaint against a prize promotions company and others that allegedly operated a large-scale deceptive prize scam targeting the elderly. A little more than a year later, the FTC and the Missouri AG's office announced that they reached a settlement to the tune of $30 million. The settlement is comprised of $21 million in cash, and the remainder will be made up by liquidating assets owned by the individual defendants, such as luxury vacation homes, a yacht, a Bentley automobile, and other personal property. The full judgment, which will become due immediately if the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial condition, amounts to $114.7 million.

Gluten-Free and Natural Food Claims – Unpacking the U.S.-UK Differences

Alex Koff sat down for two recent video discussions with Katie Vickery, from the UK law firm Osborne Clarke, on food labeling regulations and claims, and the comparison between the relevant mechanisms in the United States and those in the United Kingdom. In the latest discussion, posted in February 2019, Alex reviewed how gluten-free products are labelled and regulated in the United States. In an earlier conversation, Alex and Katie explored the legal implications of making "natural" claims for products and compared the restrictions and guidance in the U.S. and the UK.