March 04, 2021

Advertising Law News and Analysis

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Maryland Passes First-of-Its-Kind Digital Advertising Tax

On February 12, 2021, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of House Bill 732, which carried over from the close of last year’s legislative session and enacts the nation’s first gross receipts tax on digital advertising targeted at Maryland consumers. The tax takes effect on March 14, 2021 and applies to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2020. Legal challenges to the tax have already begun in the Maryland courts.

Superglue Manufacturer Stuck with $1.2 Million Judgment for Made in USA Violations

The FTC recently announced it had settled with Chemence, Inc. and the company's president over deceptive "Made in USA" claims. The company was required to pay $1.2 million to the FTC, which amounts to the highest monetary judgment ever for a Made in USA case.

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Be Prepared: State Attorney General Investigations

As the chief legal officers of their states, attorneys general (AGs) seek to protect the public interest across the legal spectrum. Properly mitigating risk and then promptly addressing any inquiries as they're made are important components of state AG investigations. In the ninth edition of Venable's Advertising Law Tool Kit, our attorneys outline how to avoid, prepare for, and respond to state AG inquiries. Explore this topic and dozens more in this valuable online resource.