Regulatory Rumblings

Legislative Oversteps being Pushed Back

Posted: Sep 25, 2017 3:30am ET

Last week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued a veto of HB 3449, the Geolocation Privacy Protection Act. The bill “sought to require businesses and other private entities to get express consent from consumers before collecting, using, storing or disclosing geolocation information from mobile apps.”


Ninth Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction for Disclosure Requirements on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Ads

Posted: Sep 20, 2017 10:30am ET

On September 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision protecting advertisers from forced disclosures in product advertising and curbing a recent trend in judicial decisions that had approved certain forms of compelled commercial speech.


Major Industry Victory on CA AB 375

Posted: Sep 18, 2017 11:45am ET

California’s AB 375, the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, was pushed to the “inactive file” as the legislature finished up its term on Friday, September 15th. This is a major victory for advertisers in California and across the country.


Tax Reform and Economic Growth

Posted: Sep 11, 2017 12:30pm ET

In his acclaimed recent book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” Robert J. Gordon, the noted economic historian, provides a history of American growth trends since the Civil War. Most importantly, Gordon’s book offers historical context for the rapidly approaching tax reform debate and potential proposals to limit or amortize advertising deductions.


New Self-Regulatory Leaders Bolster Industry Efforts

Posted: Sep 6, 2017 9:15am ET

The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC), which establishes the policies and procedures for advertising industry self-regulation, and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), which administers the self-regulatory system, have announced the appointments of new directors for two advertising programs.


“Adolescent Creep” is Edging too Far

Posted: Aug 24, 2017 11:45am ET

In our last blog post, we discussed an overly restrictive proposal in Canada that is aimed at severely curtailing advertising of certain types of food and beverages to children. While the problems with this proposal range from the definition of “unhealthy” to the vast amount of media for which advertising would be banned, the most worrisome to the ad community is that the age limit for “chil ...


Canada, U.K. Take Aim at Legitimate Food Marketing

Posted: Aug 21, 2017 9:15am ET

Even though all varieties of truthful and non-deceptive food advertising have long received commercial speech protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, this is not the case in other countries – even our next-door neighbors.


Advertisers Welcome New FCC Commissioners

Posted: Aug 3, 2017 4:00pm ET

Today, the Senate approved the nominations for Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the two vacant Commissioner seats at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Carr, a Republican, and Rosenworcel, a Democrat, will both bring many years of experience and expertise in telecommunications to the FCC regulatory arena and will serve as fair and thoughtful Commissioners.


Advertising Tax Deduction at Serious Risk

Posted: Jul 28, 2017 11:00am ET

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, issued a Joint Statement on Tax Reform yesterday.


Connected Devices are Connecting Data and Privacy

Posted: Jul 18, 2017 9:15am ET

Currently, there are about 8.4 billion connected devices worldwide, up 31 percent from 2016 according to Gartner’s estimates. The consumer segment is the largest user base of these devices with 5.2 billion units being utilized in 2017.