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Federal Court Vacates FDA’s Graphic Warnings Rule For Tobacco Products and Advertising

In a 2-1 decision in RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company v. FDA announced on August 24th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Rule requiring graphic new warnings on all tobacco products and advertising.

Tobacco Regulations Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently struck down new regulations issued by New York City that required graphic images at stores selling tobacco products.

ANA's CEO Testifies on Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts for Behavioral Advertising

ANA’s CEO Bob Liodice testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on the advertising industry’s self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising.

Ad Groups Oppose Advertising Ban in Education Funding Bill

The Advertising Coalition (TAC), of which ANA is a founding member, has urged the United States Senate to oppose a provision that would prohibit colleges and universities which receive federal education funding from spending those federal dollars on any marketing or advertising for their programs.

FTC Pom Wonderful Decision Has Implications for Health Claims in Ads

An Administrative Law Judge has handed down a decision in an FTC case challenging health claims made in advertisements for Pom Wonderful pomegranate products.

ANA Calls on ICANN to Explain Rejection of Defensive Registration Proposals for the Top Level Domain Name Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has called on ICANN to provide a clear and complete analysis and review of its decision to summarily reject the proposal for a “Do Not Sell” registry.

ANA, 4A's Release Statement of Best Practices Addressing Online Piracy and Counterfeiting

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) have released a Statement of Best Practices designed to address online piracy and counterfeiting.

ANA Calls for Independent Investigation of ICANN System Vulnerability

ANA has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to engage an independent third-party IT expert or experts to conduct a comprehensive investigation of its recent system vulnerability.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for DTC Prescription Drug TV Ads

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft guidance on direct-to-consumer television advertisements.

DOC Rejects ICANN Bid for IANA Function Oversight, Cancels RFP and Extends Current Agreement for Short 6-Month Period

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the division of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that oversees operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has rejected ICANN's bid to continue overseeing the IANA functions of the Internet, instead extending ICANN's current contract for a short six-month period. Simultaneously, NTIA stated, "we are cancelling this RFP because we received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community."

ANA and CRIDO Urge ICANN to Adopt “Do Not Sell” Registry to Address Challenges With “Defensive Registrations” in Top Level Domain Name Expansion Program

In a filing yesterday with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ANA and the Coalition for Responsible Domain Oversight (CRIDO) have urged ICANN to adopt a “Do Not Sell” registry or some similar approach to address the serious concerns Internet stakeholders have about the need for “defensive registrations” to protect their brands in the TLD expansion program.

ICANN Seeks Comment on Defensive Applications

ICANN has announced that it is seeking comment on defensive applications for new gTLDs.

ANA Proposes Constructive Way to Resolve Concerns About ICANN's Top-Level Domain Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised two Congressmen, Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and Howard Berman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending an unequivocal letter to John Bryson, Secretary, Department of Commerce. The Goodlatte-Berman letter urges the DOC to take all steps necessary to encourage ICANN to undertake further evaluation and review before expanding the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN's plan, set to begin January 12, 2012.

ANA Applauds Representatives Goodlatte and Berman for Urging Department of Commerce to Halt ICANN Domain Expansion Plan

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised two Congressmen, Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and Howard Berman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending an unequivocal letter to John Bryson, Secretary, Department of Commerce. The Goodlatte-Berman letter urges the DOC to take all steps necessary to encourage ICANN to undertake further evaluation and review before expanding the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN's plan, set to begin January 12, 2012.

ANA Applauds Strong Letter from FTC to ICANN Citing Major Concerns About Top-level Domain Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) , the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for sending a detailed, 15-page letter to ICANN’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, and its President and CEO, Rod Beckstrom, expressing major concerns regarding ICANN’s plan to greatly expand generic top-level domains (gTLDs), starting January 12, 2012. The letter specifically highlights “the potential for significant consumer harm resulting from the unprecedented increase in gTLDs.”

ANA Testifies at House Hearing on IWG Proposal

ANA testified at a hearing on Wednesday before two Subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the food marketing proposal of the Interagency Working Group (IWG).

IWG Hints at “Significant Changes” to Food Ad Guidelines in Letter to Chairman Upton

The Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission have sent a letter to Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee addressing his recent letter in regard to the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children.

ANA Argues that FDA’s Graphic Warnings Rule For Tobacco Products Violates the First Amendment

ANA has filed a “friend of the court” brief in opposition to a series of graphic warnings required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on all tobacco products and advertising.

Support Billboard Reform Law in Missouri General Assembly

If your company uses outdoor advertising in the State of Missouri to reach consumers, we urge you to contact members of the Missouri General Assembly in support of reasonable reform of the laws regulating billboards.

Update on Opposition to ICANN's Introduction of New Top Level Domains (TLDs)

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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