Tag: Advertising Claim Substantiation

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FDA Updates Regulatory Definition of “Healthy” for the First Time Since 1994
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What The Fudge?! Popular Breakfast Snack’s Lack of Key Ingredient Did Not Trigger Liability Under State Consumer Fraud and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts
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Don’t Lead Me On: FTC Issues Complaint Against HomeAdvisor
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Court Dismisses False Advertising Suit Over Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Bars
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NAD Initiating Review of Brand Claims of Social Justice Initiative Support

FDA Updates Regulatory Definition of “Healthy” for the First Time Since 1994

By: Natalie Rainer, Alexa Sengupta          

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”)[1] that updates the definition of the “healthy” nutrient content claim under 21 C.F.R. § 101.65(d) for the first time since its issuance in 1994. The Proposed Rule, published on September 29, 2022, notes that “nutrition science has evolved since the 1990s” and that the proposed changes are intended to make the regulation “consistent with current nutrition science and Federal dietary guidance.”[2]

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What The Fudge?! Popular Breakfast Snack’s Lack of Key Ingredient Did Not Trigger Liability Under State Consumer Fraud and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts

By: Ketajh M. Brown

A recent ruling from the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois served as an important reminder to the Plaintiffs Bar regarding a significant and continuing shift in judicial attitude toward speculative class action allegations of consumer fraud and breach of warranty.  In this case, the Court’s order is a cautionary tale for those who make a living firing off indiscriminate legal claims without stopping to ensure all essential elements of their clients’ claims are sufficiently alleged.  

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Don’t Lead Me On: FTC Issues Complaint Against HomeAdvisor

By: Ewa A. Wojciechowska

In order for the FTC to issue an administrative complaint: (1) the FTC must have “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated; and (2) it must appear to the FTC that instituting a proceeding is in the public interest.

On March 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Complaint against HomeAdvisor, Inc., also doing business as Angi Leads, also doing business as HomeAdvisor Powered by Angi (collectively, “HomeAdvisor”) (In the Matter of HomeAdvisor, Inc., a corporation, d/b/a Angi Leads, d/b/a HomeAdvisor Powered by Angi, FTC Docket No. 9407). The Complaint alleges that HomeAdvisor used deceptive business practices in relation to its members, many of whom are small business, by misleading them about the quality and source of, as well as general information about, the leads HomeAdvisor provided.

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Court Dismisses False Advertising Suit Over Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Bars

By: Amy Wong

Summary: Plaintiff filed a putative class action complaint in New York federal court against Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC, alleging it deceived consumers into believing that its chocolate-coated ice cream bars contained only milk chocolate when they actually contain vegetable oils, which Plaintiff contends are not found in real chocolate. Plaintiff’s primary cause of action arises under New York’s false advertising and deceptive practices statutes, General Business Law §§ 349 and 350. Beers v. Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC,  No. 21-CV-2 (CS), 2022 WL 493555, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 17, 2022).

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NAD Initiating Review of Brand Claims of Social Justice Initiative Support

By: Meg Tierney

Summary: In February 2022, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau published two decisions related to truth in advertising when making claims about a company’s social justice initiatives. As part of its ongoing monitoring program, the NAD initiated challenges of advertising claims made by Niantic, Inc. (Niantic)[1] and DoorDash, Inc. (DoorDash)[2] regarding allied monetary donations to a variety of social justice initiatives and organizations.

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