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“SpongeBob” Splashpants Sweepstakes

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“SpongeBob” Splashpants Sweepstakes

Nickelodeon ran ads for its “SpongeBob” Splashpants Sweepstakes, which directed children to a website where they could enter a sweepstake with the grand prize of a Nickelodeon Cruise featuring SpongeBob…

Sweepstakes for HMI’s FILTERQUEEN Products

Class Action

Sweepstakes for HMI’s FILTERQUEEN Products

April 2019: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would provide class members with either a $300 voucher for HMI Filtration products or a $100…

Boy Scouts of America

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Boy Scouts of America

Self-regulatory group says sweepstakes advertising wasn’t clear enough on odds of winning.

Publishers Clearing House

Class Action

Publishers Clearing House

March 2019: A federal judge dismissed this action concluding that plaintiffs lacked standing and failed to allege the specific factual allegations required to state a claim for relief. The judge…

Direct Marketing Association

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Direct Marketing Association

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is a trade group made up of all those pesky companies we have to thank for telemarketing, spam, and junk mail, among others.  The group…

Can You Win the African Lottery?

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Can You Win the African Lottery?

Playing foreign lotteries is illegal. Do not reply to an e-mail like this or provide any information to the sender. For more information, check out TINA.org’s article on sweepstakes and…

Foreign Lottery Emails

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Foreign Lottery Emails

We received a spam email regarding a winning ticket to the Canada-UK Lottery. The FTC warns that many scam operators are based in Canada, which is where this email is…

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)

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The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), a unit of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, is the advertising industry’s primary self-regulatory organization responsible for monitoring ad content – across all media channels…