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Government Shutdown Impact on Small Business Loans

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It wasn’t the owner of your favorite local mom-and-pop shop who decided to shut down the United States government in October, but they were the ones who paid the price in the end. Small business lending took a serious hit as a result of this year’s government shutdown, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending […]

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Apple to Offer iTunes Credits Over In-App Purchases Lawsuit

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Apple will pay out over $100 million in iTunes credits to those affected by in-app purchases made by children without their parents’ permission. We first told you about this lawsuit in April 2011: Apple has been sued by a class of parents who claim the software giant is wrongfully profiting on in-app purchases within certain […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 27th, 2013 at 9:42 am

Sony Alleges Trademark Infringement Over Bridgestone/Nintendo Ad

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Sony has sued Bridgestone Americas and an advertising firm over an advertisement starring an actor who used to feature prominently in Sony ads. The tale began several years ago when Sony began an ad campaign for Playstation 3 that featured actor Jerry Lambert playing the role of fictional Sony VP Kevin Butler. According to Sony, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 12th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Nutella Settles Lawsuit Over False Advertising Claims

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In February of last year, we told you about the class action filed against Ferrero USA, Inc., the stateside maker of the Italian chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella based on false advertising claims. Ladies and gentlemen: we have a settlement. The suit has settled for about $3 million, with a $2.5 million available for distribution to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 30th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Frito-Lay Faces Lawsuit Over Deceptive Advertising Claims

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A proposed class action lawsuit filed in federal court in New York claims that Frito-Lay is misleading customers by labeling its Tostitos and SunChips as being made of “all-natural ingredients.” The lawsuit claims that the chips in question actually contain non-natural ingredients such as corn and vegetable oils that have been made from genetically modified […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 9th, 2012 at 10:13 am

Tropicana Faces Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit Over 100% Pure and Natural Claim

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Tropicana is facing a class action lawsuit filed by consumers who allege that “[d]espite Tropicana’s ’100% pure and natural’ claim, Tropicana’s NFC juice is heavily processed and flavored – it is not 100% pure and natural.” The lawsuit (PDF) claims that Tropicana has wrongly benefited to the tune of annual worldwide sales of over $5 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 11th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Reebok Settling Deceptive Advertising Complaint Over Toning Shoes for $25 Million

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Reebok International Ltd. has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint alleging deceptive advertising practices with regard to the company’s “toning shoes.” Reebok advertised its EasyTone and RunTone lines as containing special soles that created “micro instability,” toning and strengthening muscles by simply walking or running, but the FTC […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 7th, 2011 at 10:57 am

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Illinois Finds R.J. Reynold’s Camel Ads Cartoonish

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Cartoons in cigarette advertisements have been a no-no since 1998, and the First District of Illinois Court of Appeals has ruled that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco crossed that line with its “Camel Farm” ad supporting independent rock groups in Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary issue in November 2007. The court found that the “The Farm Free Range […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 20th, 2011 at 6:15 am

Kellogg’s Settles Class Action Over Claims That Cereals Improve Children’s Immunity

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A settlement agreement has been reached by the parties in a lawsuit against Kellogg Company over claims that its cereals Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies provide increased immunity to disease for children. Last year, a class of cereal consumers sued the company alleging false advertising for claims that antioxidants and nutrients fortified the cereals, providing […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 15th, 2011 at 11:18 am

What About Jobs? Or, Richard Dreyfuss Takes a Few Bites of Apple

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One major objection (and, arguably, defense) to End User License Agreements (EULAs) is that they tend to be prolix legal boilerplate and not able to be comprehended by the common user. Frankly, even as an IP lawyer, my eyes glaze over and I’m left just clicking and agreeing so I can get on with listening, […]

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Written by Dan Goldman

June 10th, 2011 at 3:17 pm