Condom Ads Get Cock Blocked In Pittsburgh

According to The New York Times, TV execs in Pittsburgh are saving the local populace from the harmful effects of condom advertising. Controversy over a new advertising campaign by Trojan, the condom maker, has trickled down to the local level, with television stations in Pittsburgh roundly refusing to show it, and stations in Seattle giving […]

Modernista vs. Reebok

Some agencies don’t simply bend over and take it, I suppose. From The Boston Business Journal: In a rare instance of an ad agency fighting back against a client, Modernista of Boston is suing a former client, a unit of Reebok International Ltd., for breach of contract. The case hinges on Modernista’s allegation that the […]

State Of Georgia Sues Car Dealer, Dealer Blames Agency

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: About 10,000 Georgia car owners received what appeared to be an alarming flier from General Motors last fall. “Urgent Potential Recall Notice,” the mailing announced in large, bold type. In fact, there was no recall. The flier wasn’t even from GM. Instead, state regulators now say, it was the latest in […]

Pants-less Judge Is A Good Reason For All That Legalese

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Roy Pearson, the numbnuts judge in DC who’s suing his dry cleaners for $54 million because they misplaced his pants. Why does he think he’s entitled to all that cash from the Chungs, who own the dry cleaners? Here’s a trial excerpt, as he’s being questioned by Judge […]

eHarmony’s Sour Note

This Hanft Raboy and Partners ad for is timely. Reuters is reporting that dating site eHarmony is facing legal action in California for denying lesbians and gays the right to use its service. Lawyers bringing the action on behalf of Linda Carlson are seeking to make their case into a class action lawsuit. eHarmony […]

Beam Exercises Restraint

The New York Times is doing its best to see through the pr machinations of a large adult beverage marketer. Beam Global Spirits and Wine — which makes brands like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon and Canadian Club whiskey — announced it would voluntarily adopt stricter rules to keep messages away from young people. […]

Lawsuit From Big Pink

See if you can figure this one out. From the AP: Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band, is suing a Manhattan advertising firm over the use of the band’s signature song, “The Weight,” in a television commercial. In a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in December, Helm asks for information about BBDO Worldwide’s […]

The Law Of The Advertising Landscape

With the recent bi-partisan effort to enact further restrictions on tobacco advertising, I decided to explore the issue further. Just how much does advertising and marketing need to be regulated? It doesn’t matter who’s in power in Washington—there are both Democrats and Republicans who want to impose the additional tobacco regulations. It seems we are […]