ASRC Press Releases

NAD Refers Advertising Claims Made By 2BeUnstoppable & NutriFrontier to FTC for Further Review

New York, NY – June 12, 2018 – The National Advertising Division, in two separate proceedings, has referred to the Federal Trade Commission advertising claims made by 2BeUnstoppable, LLC, and NutriFrontier Pte Ltd. NAD is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. It is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. In both cases, the claims at issue were found in internet advertising and challenged by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The advertisers did not respond to NAD’s requests to provide substantiation for the claims. CRN...

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New Accountability Program Cases Highlight Websites’ Privacy Responsibilities

Arlington, VA – June 7, 2018 – The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program released two new decisions today, once again bringing increased transparency about online advertising practices to consumer-facing websites. The companies in these cases, Purple Innovation LLC and x19 Limited, adopted the Accountability Program’s recommendations to add real-time “enhanced notice” links on their websites where data is collected for interest-based advertising, or “IBA.” Purple, an online mattress retailer, came to the Accountability Program’s attention from a consumer...

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NAD Recommends DKB Household USA Discontinue Advertising Claims made for Salad Spinner After Challenge by OXO International

New York, NY – May 30, 2018 – The National Advertising Division has recommended DKB Household USA Corp., discontinue the advertising claims for the company’s Zyliss SwiftDry Salad Spinner that were challenged by OXO International, Ltd., the maker of a competing product. The claims at issue, which appeared in at a company website, on product packaging, in a trade demonstration video, in point-of-sale material, and on product pages for online retailers, included: “Removes 25% More Water* *Average test results versus leading competitors” “Unique AquaVent technology removes 25% more...

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NARB Recommends Schmidt‘s Deodorant Company Discontinue Certain Claims Initially Challenged by Tom’s of Maine

New York, NY – May 29, 2018 – A panel of the National Advertising Review Board has recommended that Schmidt’s Deodorant Company discontinue claims, either directly or through consumer testimonials, that Schmidt’s deodorants (a) absorb or help absorb moisture or wetness and/or (b) provide protection against wetness. The panel also recommended that Schmidt’s discontinue claims, either directly or through consumer testimonials, that its products are “the only natural deodorant that really works” or “work[s] better than any store bought traditional deodorant.” The panel noted,...

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NAD Recommends Bobsweep USA Discontinue Certain Claims for Bob PetHair Robotic Vacuum Following iRobot Challenge

New York, NY – May 29, 2018 – The National Advertising Division has recommended that Bobsweep USA, maker of the Bob PetHair robotic vacuum, discontinue the advertising claims challenged by iRobot, Corp., a competing maker of robotic vacuums. NAD is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. It is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The claims at issue appeared on product packaging, at Amazon.com, and in website advertising for the Bob PetHair vacuum. NAD examined express claims that included: The Bob PetHair vacuum contains a HEPA...

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NAD Recommends Epson America Discontinue Certain Claims for 3LCD Digital Projectors, Finds Certain Claims Supported

New York, NY – May 22, 2018 – The National Advertising Division has recommended that Epson America, Inc., discontinue claims that its 3LCD digital projectors are “3x Brighter,” but determined that Epson could continue to promote color brightness based on “Color Light Output” or CLO. The claims at issue, which appeared in website advertising, online videos, and native advertising websites, were challenged by Texas Instruments, Inc., maker of Digital Light Processing imagers that are the defining component of competing 1-chip DLP digital projectors. NAD is an investigative unit of...

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