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If your business deals with consumers, we can provide advice on your consumer contracts, product liability and consumer protection issues, and on the rules relating to advertising, pricing, labelling and packaging.
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Outbrain and native advertising: why the ASA adjudication was never really in doubtBy Daniel Bugler
The Outbrain Inc ASA adjudication published this week has been described as "precedent setting" and a "test case". As precedents go though, it's hardly Donoghue v Stevenson. As for being a "test case", there was never any likelihood that the decision would have gone the other way. We would have bet all the money we had on the outcome (had we not bet it on Spain to actually get out of the World Cup group stages).
Advertising & Marketing Newsnotes - Issue 55 - November 2013By Chris Rycroft, Alice Bainton, Ned Lewis, Rebecca Craker, Joanna Martin, Daniel Bugler, Bryony Compson
The Advertising & Marketing Newsnotes cover recent developments in marketing law. Issue 55 covers Implied health claims for food subject to ASA scrutiny; Facebook relaxes its rules on running promotions; ASA revises its approach to Twitter disclosures; Trading Standards replace OFT as ASA backstop regulator; OFT proposes new Principles for in-app payments; Two ASA adjudications on claims to worldwide superiority; Proposed exceptions to copyright for parody and quotations; and the Government proposals for major consumer law reforms.
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Area of law: Consumer Regulation11 Sep 2014, 8:15am - 11:00am, 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL
Jonathan Coad comments in Reuters' article "UK police investigating Trinity Mirror over phone hacking"By Jonathan Coad
Jonathan Coad comments in the recent Reuters' article "UK police investigating Trinity Mirror over phone hacking".