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Announced lawsuits against Google and iHeartMedia for deceptive endorsements

On 28 November 2022, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several state attorneys general announced they filed a lawsuit against Google and iHeartMedia for deceptive endorsements of Google's Pixel 4 phone between 2019 and 2020 in ten large markets. The FTC alleges that over 29'000 advertisements from radio personalities and influencers who did not own or use a Pixel 4 phone were recorded and aired in ten large markets. The FTC seeks to bar Google and iHeartMedia from incurring similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments require USD 9.4 million in penalties.

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Policy Area
Other operating condition
Policy Instrument
Consumer protection regulation
Regulated Economic Activity
software provider: other software
Implementation Level
national
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
consumer protection authority

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2022-11-28
under deliberation

On 28 November 2022, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several state attorneys general anno…

2022-12-01
in consultation

On 1 December 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened public comments on a proposed order f…

2023-01-03
in consultation

On 3 January 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed the public comment period on a propose…