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Would a web site displaying incorrect ratings be considered to be a form of False Advertising

I'm curious to know if a "gig" website (ie Uber, Airbnb, Rover, Skip, ...) displays the wrong star rating for a profile (intentional or not) could it be considered to be a form of false ...
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Does the word "proceeds" in corporate promises to charity have a specific meaning?

It's common to see companies say that "all proceeds" from selling something, or from admission, will go to charity. What's not clear to me is whether that's all the revenue, or all of the ...
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Easily pickable locks - false advertising to negligence? [closed]

How do lock manufacturers (padlocks, deadbolts, etc) get away with advertising that their locks are high security or even unpickable, when those locks can be picked open in seconds? Isnt this false ...
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Conflicting information in different points - is it false advertising if one is wrong?

Adam purchased a battery from eBay where the product image contains the eye catching text 40000mAh. But the product description in much Plainer typeset mentions that it is a 10ah battery. Adam ...
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Fake video from saab

https://web.archive.org/web/20230715091936/https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/fake-gripen-video/599765 See above. Saab released a video falsely claiming the gripen turned 9g. It was actually a 4g ...
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Bait and switch - written vs oral obligation

A company is advertising a sale stating that I will receive a discount site wide for 50% off. A hyperlink to the sale clearly shows the sale applies to all available products, further in each one of ...
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Is customer entitled to the same car tested in the test drive or in the ad?

I know someone who went to purchase a brand new car from a dealer in the US. The customer came in with an internet ad and asked to test drive the car listed. After the test drive, she paid for it. But ...
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Are unmatched asterisks allowed in ads?

I received a flyer which advertises a "free" service trial. The word "free" appears three times overall and each time it has an asterisk, but neither on the front nor on the back ...
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What's the legality (and potential recourse) of selling something as Tuna that isn't Tuna at all

In the US many sushi places sell "white tuna" which actually isn't a Tuna at all but Escolar, a fish from a different family and genus. That seems to be primarily a popular marketing ploy: ...
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What are the legal issues when using copyrighted images to advertise a product that doesn't contain them?

I was on YouTube a couple of days ago watching a video that looked at mobile game advertisements and whether or not they were reflective of the product. To give an example, one game used online ads of ...
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"last chance!" Fraudulent marketing

Meet Bob. Bob has received marketing messages on 5 different days this week from a business telling him that it's his last chance or "final call" to sign up for service where he can get ...
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Rules behind using news logos on websites

I see many people on LinkedIn using the logo of news sites they were featured on or had a PR piece republished on. What are the US laws around the use of such logos? What happens if someone falsely ...
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Is it legal to make false advertising claims but give the correct info in small print?

2 Terabyte Solid State Drive - only $20! (product is actually a 100 gigabyte hard disk drive) Would that ad be legal?
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Is it false advertising to call a closed-source program "open"?

IIRC, a court recently ruled that calling closed-source software "open-source" in marketing is false advertising. Does this apply to "open" on its own? For example, is the name of ...
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Why does airline benefits program advertising not violate truth-in-advertising laws?

Advertising for airline customer loyalty programs frequently offers customers "miles" as a reward. For instance, Delta Airlines claims: Earn up to 50,000 bonus miles with the Delta SkyMiles®...
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Can they legally falsify paternity on an obituary?

My boyfriends daughter died. He is her legal father and by blood, he is on the birth certificate. As well as paternity established. Her mother did the obituary and listed her boyfriend the father/...
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Is it legal to describe something exactly as "cheese" without asterisks or other qualification if it doesn't contain any dairy?

Is the marketing statement "our cheese is made of 100% plant ingredients" false advertising and is it legal?
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Is there federal liability for broadcasting a false advertisement

In the USA is there federal liability to a broadcaster if that broadcaster transmits an advertisement that makes a false commercial claim? For the scenario that I am thinking about, the advertiser has ...
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Is it false advertising if an ad lies about the presentation of the ad but not about the product/service itself?

I have seen several ads whose premise is bringing regular people off the street and filming their reactions to a product or deal. Often these ads will claim that "these are real reactions from ...
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Bus. & Prof. Code § 17100 provides penal provisions; can Bob files suit if non-lawyer?

It is typically a prerequisite of attorneys that only those with sufficient experience take on any cases relating to violations of Unfair Trade Practices and False Advertising (Bus. & Prof. Code § ...
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What defines the extent to which a business can voluntarily lie to its customers?

Businesses' communication is a constant stream of lies: on the phone: our menu options have changed we're experiencing a higher than normal call volume your call is important to us when advertising:...
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can a chinese online store cancel a paid contractual sales agreement if i wont pay additional costs after the agreement is made

i made an online purchase from a chinese website with free delivery/shipping but the next day they refused to honour the agreement as i refused to pay extra charges for shipping that was already ...
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Is Google's claim of never targeting ads from gmail false advertising?

Google claims here: that We strictly uphold responsible data practices designed to respect your privacy. That’s why we never use the content you create and store in apps like Drive, Gmail, and Photos ...