In today’s competitive climate, marketing and promotions, including advertising, sweepstakes contests, email, direct mail, and other promotional activities, are vital to a company’s ability to establish and grow its brand. Such activities, however, should be undertaken with care and reliable counsel. Our clients routinely retain our services for review of advertising campaigns, product packaging, labeling materials, and various marketing and promotional materials to be used in print, radio, television, internet, and social media platforms. In reviewing advertising and marketing materials, we not only ensure the proper use of our client’s own intellectual property, but we also address the use of the intellectual property of others. To that end, AGG has extensive experience with the review and negotiation of marketing, media, and licensing agreements. We also routinely review marketing and advertising materials for false advertising concerns to ensure that our client’s materials stay within legal boundaries with respect to various government laws and regulations.
Whether you’re telemarketing, advertising, or using social media, every business needs to know about the laws and regulations that govern how these types of marketing programs may lawfully be conducted. The proliferation of mass media has afforded businesses an increasing number of opportunities to reach their target audience and generate revenue. In response, state and federal governments have enacted laws and regulations to address the issues associated with such activities. Promotional materials that mislead consumers, personal information collected in databases that are sold to third parties, and invasive marketing strategies are just some of the activities that have sparked aggressive regulatory action. Companies wanting to understand the regulatory landscape of marketing programs and avoid costly investigations, fines, and business disruption look to our team for counsel on how to plan and execute programs that comply with applicable state and federal laws. We represent businesses engaged in direct marketing, advertising and promotion agencies, advertisers, media companies, and internet companies in all aspects of growing their businesses.
Our attorneys work with clients in the following areas:
Our experience includes the review of website content, including digital and social media, online advertising, promotions, and sweepstakes; the drafting of licenses for the use of music, talent, and various audio and visual materials in film, radio, and television; advising clients regarding potential liability issues for online content providers, the negotiation and drafting of agreements for the development, hosting, and linking of websites; and the negotiation and drafting of internet service agreements and software licensing agreements.
Sweepstakes, Sponsorships, & Other Promotions
We assist clients in the development and review of advertising and promotional materials, including the development and registration of sweepstakes rules, contests, coupons, gift cards and rebate offers, and other promotions offered through various media formats. We negotiate and draft co-marketing, sponsorship, and agency agreements.
Direct Marketing & Telemarketing
We represent businesses that are engaged in business-to-consumer marketing with respect to federal and state law compliance matters, including the review of marketing collateral and other promotional materials, do-not-call statutes, and state laws requiring registration of telemarketers. On an ongoing basis, we analyze federal and state laws concerning telemarketing, email marketing, and sweepstakes for various clients. In addition, we review the content of electronic mail advertising and advise them on various state and federal laws.
Many promotions generate leads that are then used to create a database of customers and prospective customers. We advise clients on a wide range of data privacy matters, including internet privacy, financial privacy, healthcare privacy, telecommunications privacy, and international data protection.
We advise clients with respect to the adoption, use, monitoring, protection, and acquisition of patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, and internet domain names with respect to their promotions.
Litigation & Regulatory Actions
We prosecute and defend claims of misleading and deceptive advertising in federal and state courts. We also defend advertisers against claims asserted by the Federal Trade Commission, various state attorneys general, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, and other industry and governmental regulatory agencies.
Our attorneys counsel a wide variety of clients that include Fortune 500 companies, print and digital publications, the radio, television, and film industries, nonprofit corporations, advertisers, telemarketing companies, and promotions agencies.