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Webinar: What You Need to Know About Auto-Renewal Provisions in 2019

Jillian Petrera and Bretta Oluyede will be speaking on Tuesday, March 12th to the Association of National Advertisers. The free one-hour webinar, titled “What You Need to Know About Auto-Renewal Provisions in 2019” will explore the legal requirements for utilizing automatic renewals under the patchwork of federal and state laws and provide you with tools to mitigate … Continue Reading

Douglas Wood, Reed Smith Partner and General Counsel to the Association of National Advertisers, Discusses Growth Issues Facing Brands For 2019

Douglas Wood published an article for the Association of National Advertisers on January 2nd titled “Growth in 2019: A Legal Perspective.” In the article, Doug discusses how legal issues will affect brands and growth in years to come and provides an outlook on legal challenges marketers who care about growth need to keep in mind … Continue Reading

Webinar: Rules of the road in engaging with influencers

Please join us for a complimentary webinar hosted by the Association of National Advertisers on the current issues related to influencer marketing, for industry experts. Jason Gordon, partner in the Entertainment & Media Group at Reed Smith, and Jennifer MacDougall, VP, associate general counsel and assistant corporate secretary & ethics officer at Jack in the … Continue Reading

FTC Approves Final Revisions to Jewelry Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently approved final revisions to its Jewelry Guides (formally, the “Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries,” the “Guides”), aimed at helping prevent deception in jewelry marketing. Based on the overall record of FTC review over the past six (6) years, the FTC has approved revisions to the … Continue Reading

A Straight-up Victory for States Rights in Regulating Sports Betting

On May 14, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association.  This decision invalidates the key Federal prohibition on State-authorized sports gambling businesses, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).  Under PASPA, except in connection with very narrow exemptions, States could not authorize entities … Continue Reading

[Happy] Anniversary

A year ago today (June 7, 2016), K2 Intelligence released an Association of National Advertisers’ commissioned study entitled, An Independent Study of Media Transparency in the U.S. Advertising Industry.  The painstakingly-researched and detailed report identified numerous non-transparent business practices that were alleged to be pervasive in the U.S. media ad buying ecosystem. Reminiscent of the … Continue Reading

Another Wake Up Call for Transparency

On May 18, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) released a critical study under a joint initiative led by Ad/Fin in cooperation with the ANA, the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA), and Ebiquity.  The study investigated the transparency and economics of programmatic media; particularly what percentage of an advertiser’s programmatic media spend actually went to … Continue Reading

Till Death Do Us Part? How to Deal With Celebrity Publicity Rights When That Celebrity Passes

The tragic death of renowned recording artist Prince left many reminiscing about his meticulously crafted public image. In life, the law allowed Prince to control the commercial exploitations of his image.  At death, however, that control was lost. Celebrities routinely harness their “images” as a means of generating revenue, relying on intellectual property and right … Continue Reading

Just Released: This Quarter’s GALA Gazette

Read the latest issue of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) quarterly e-newsletter, the GALA Gazette, containing advertising law news and updates from around the world. Reed Smith is founder and member of GALA, a network of local counsel who specialize in advertising, promotions and media law, in more than 50 countries.… Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 8-27-2012

Bits, NY Times: Hulu Faces Privacy Test in Court Can a privacy law passed in the era of videotape rentals be applied in the era of Internet streaming? Hulu, the online video content provider, is about to face the test. A lawsuit filed in a federal court in California says Hulu violated its users’ privacy … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 8-20-2012 Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple’s Safari Internet Browser  Privacy Settlement is the Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Violation of a Commission Order Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 8-15-2012 FTC Seeks Comments on Additional Proposed Revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule The Federal Trade Commission is publishing a Federal Register Notice seeking public comments on additional proposed modifications to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.   Bloomberg: Google Should Pay $750 a Book, Authors Say in E-Book Suit Authors suing Google Inc. … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 8-01-2012

Media Decoder: Even on Social Media, Marketers Must Provide Disclosure, Says Ad Group Advertisers who make claims about their products on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest need to be mindful of the fine print they use, or forget to use, in their postings.   ABC News: Ohio Higher Ed Panel: Ban All … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 7-10-2012

Excite News: China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.   NY Times: Soda Makers Begin Their … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 7-3-2012 FTC Proposes Changes Making it Easier to Comply With Alternative Fuels Rule As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is proposing to consolidate the labels required on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) with those required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), eliminating the … Continue Reading

What We’re Reading 6-25-2012

LA Times: Cigar industry seeks to exclude premium types from tobacco rules The cigar industry is seeking a change in Congress to protect premium hand-rolled cigars from FDA regulation and save 85,000 small-business jobs around the country. As federal regulators weigh standards for the entire tobacco industry, some in the cigar world are pushing to … Continue Reading

(In)Game Advertising: The European Perspective on Related Legal Problems

This post was written by Avv. Felix Hofer. 1. When I came around ‘game advertising’ for the first time my attitude as a lawyer, not necessarily familiar with what I – snobbishly – considered as basically being “kid’s or nerds’ stuff”, was obviously extremely skeptic. Running more and more frequently into articles published on the topic, … Continue Reading

Welcome to the Adlaw® by Request™ Blog

Welcome. Adlaw® by Request™ has become a staple in the diet of many both inside and outside of the advertising industry, as a go-to resource for current, relevant and important legal developments. We believe it's now time to put even more information at our readers' fingertips, while also giving them an interactive and dynamic forum in which to share their perspectives and experiences. Some of the other changes in our new blog format include: weekly updates on developments in the advertising industry, monthly articles from at least two Reed Smith attorneys that will delve more deeply into a particular subject or issue, and contributions/feedback that we hope will come from our readership. We'll still send an email describing the entire month's updates to subscribers at least once a month. If ABR was previously a destination for knowledge and information, it will now become a crossroad. In light of the new administration's agenda and priorities; technology that is rapidly changing the way data is collected and used across all mediums; recessionary concerns; and a consumer environment with heightened sensitivities for health, privacy, finance, and a "green" world; our objective is to make ABR an indispensable tool to help you navigate these waters. As Editor-in-Chief of ABR, I welcome your feedback at any time ( Best regards, Adam Snukal, Reed Smith LLP… Continue Reading