Lombardy based homeware chain Caleffi used a photograph inspired by the iconic movie starring Audrey Hepburn in its “Diamond of Dreams” advertising campaign. The actress’s estate sued in the Milan court. Federico Ferrara of Osborne Clarke Milan reports.
Rule 40 bans athletes from appearing in any advertising for non-sponsors during the Games Period. It is a key part of the protection that gives Olympic sponsorship its enormous value. Now there is a move to relax the rule. Nick Johnson reports.
An exchange rate glitch led to UA Denmark’s website advertising flights from Heathrow to Newark for $76. Thousands of travellers quickly booked, but would they be disappointed? Daisy Jones reports on the lessons for drafters of online sales terms and conditions.
Since 1972 Revolvo Ltd had sold “Revolvo” bearings components. In 2010 its group applied to register REVOLVO as a UK trade mark. Volvo opposed based on their VOLVO registrations. Varuni Paranavitane reports.
Supreme Petfoods sued Henry Bell for trade mark infringement over its use of the mark “Supreme” for petfood. Supreme’s registration was valid and the marks were identical; surely this must have been an infringement? Apparently not: Rob Guthrie reports
No agreement was ever signed by Deepend, creator of the well-known “dude with a halo” brand, giving its client Fresh Trading the copyright. This led to Fresh losing its trade mark registration. But Fresh fought back and Abby Minns reports the result.
The Gambling Commission has investigated social gaming to determine whether it should be regarded as commercial gambling and regulated under the Gambling Act 2005. Are existing consumer protection laws and regulations not enough? Thomas Spanyol reports.
Transparency is often a concern in so-called “native advertising” where editorial content includes advertising messages.. To help, the IAB has published “Content and Native Disclosure Guidance” to help marketers comply with consumer laws and the CAP Code. George Garrard reports.
From 6 April 2015, the ICO can fine nuisance marketers up to £500,000 without establishing likely substantial damage or substantial distress, but what types of marketing will this extend to and what must ICO still establish? Stephen Groom reports.
PLT charged a monthly fee for a service including registration with the UK “do not call” list, but failed to tell customers that this was otherwise available free of charge. Was this an illegal “misleading omission”? Barney Sich reports.
Following an attack by hackers, three million customer records were put at risk and details of 5,000 payment cards were compromised. Had PCIDSS rules for processing credit card data been adhered to? Chloe Deng reports on the ICO’s findings.
On 12 March 2015, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Commencement No.11) Order 2015 became law and quietly revolutionised Magistrates’ powers to impose fines for breaches of advertising, trading and data laws. Stephen Groom reports.