Clearance of Advertising and Promotions Materials
We work closely with clients in the preparation and review of all advertising and promotion materials to help ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as standards imposed by self-regulating organizations and television networks. We counsel clients regarding competitive claims and the types of substantiation required to support product and service claims. When requested, we will negotiate commercial clearance with network editors. One of our main objectives is to preserve the creative message while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance.
Branded Entertainment and Product Placement
We assist clients in structuring and negotiating complex and innovative deals with content creators and providers for use in all forms of media. These range from product placement and advertiser-sponsored programming to multi-faceted deals that involve the creation or licensing of content for domestic or worldwide use, and include funding and sponsorship of tours and other events, celebrity endorsements and international distribution.
Talent, Music and Production Agreements
We have substantial experience negotiating and drafting advertising and promotions contracts including talent and spokesperson agreements, commercial production agreements, joint promotion agreements and music and property licensing agreements.
Internet, Wireless and Emerging Media
Our experience includes negotiating and drafting agreements for the repurposing and distribution of content for wireless devices; Web site development, hosting and linking agreements; sponsorship and advertising sales agreements across multiple platforms; Internet service agreements, software licensing and software development agreements; reviewing Web site content; protecting copyrights and trademarks used online; securing and protecting Internet domain names; reviewing online sweepstakes and promotions; drafting releases and licenses for the online use of music, talent and various audio and visual materials; and providing counsel regarding liability issues for online content providers. Our attorneys also have considerable experience advising and negotiating a variety of technology agreements for our advertising clients with vendors, aggregators and carriers, and navigating the opportunities and challenges across the mobile ecosystem. We remain up to date with respect to the ever-changing regulatory and infrastructure emerging media landscape as well.
Sweepstakes, Contests, Games and Other Promotions
Direct Mail, Telemarketing and E-Mail Marketing
State and federal laws, and industry guidelines, on direct mail, telemarketing and e-mail marketing comprise a fast-changing and aggressively enforced area of advertising and marketing. We counsel clients on the complex regulatory landscape, review scripts and promotional copy, and keep clients apprised of important enforcement actions and legislative activity.
We provide counsel to clients with respect to the adoption, use, protection and acquisition of trademarks, service marks, trade names and trade dress. Our attorneys conduct and review searches of federal, state and unregistered marks and advise clients on the availability of proposed marks and names. In addition, we file and prosecute trademark applications in the U.S. and throughout the world and develop and manage the strategic planning of clients' worldwide trademark portfolios. We also assist clients with all types of copyright-related issues, from the development of copyright identification and registration programs, through the examination of chain-of-title issues.
Rights of Privacy and Publicity
Advertising and marketing campaigns often feature specific individuals or celebrities to promote their products or services. We are well-versed in the applicable statutes and case law concerning rights of privacy and publicity.
Our attorneys advise clients on a wide range of data privacy and security matters including Internet privacy, security breach notification, financial privacy, telecommunications privacy and international data protection. In the Internet arena, for example, we have prepared privacy policies, audited Web sites for compliance with stated policies and online privacy laws and guidelines, and advised on compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and state child protection registry laws. We help clients integrate data protection and security safeguards into advertising and promotions campaigns and assist them in drafting agreements with affiliates that contain adequate privacy safeguards.
Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory Actions
Working with our Litigation Section, we both 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, the various state attorneys general, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau and other industry and governmental regulatory agencies. In addition, we have extensive experience in negotiations and arbitration proceedings with various guilds such as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing clients in disputes involving copyright and trademark issues in advertising.
Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts
Loeb & Loeb has one of the leading practices in the country in the mergers and acquisitions field for advertising, public relations and other marketing communications companies. Working in conjunction with the Corporate Section, we provide services involving all aspects of asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions, including negotiated and auction acquisitions and mergers, divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts. Client representation includes corporate buyers and sellers and management buyouts.
We have a comprehensive international network of attorneys with whom the Advertising and Promotions Law Group coordinates corporate transactions, promotions, licensing arrangements, trademark and copyright filings and advertising review on a global basis.
Leadership in Law
Loeb & Loeb's Advertising and Promotions practice received high praise in the 2008 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers. Chambers says, "This 'solution-oriented' team wins plaudits for its 'proficiency, accessibility, speed and commitment to the deal and the client.' Peers credit this group of 'exceedingly bright and commercial lawyers nationally' with the capability to handle a 'monumental volume of work.' " In addition, the 2008 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a law firm referral guide, ranked our advertising and promotions practice in the top tier of U.S. law firms.
Attorneys in the group are frequent lecturers and writers on cutting-edge advertising topics and host seminars and trainings for clients in person and via videoconferencing and Web broadcasts.
James D. Taylor
Terri J. Seligman
Kenneth R. Florin