deceptive advertising

Court Upholds Rules to Stop 'Deceptive' Airfare Advertising

The government can regulate airlines' "unfair and deceptive" advertising practices by requiring them to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in their ads, the U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday, rejecting an industry challenge.

Do 'Famous' and 'Best' Make Us More Likely to Buy?

It's fair to say that lots of companies exaggerate the excellence of their products, but do consumers buy the hype? Do we actually eat at restaurants because they say they're "famous" or patronize a business because it has "the best" on the sign?

iRenew balance bracelet stumbles again

The iRenew balance bracelet, an "energy-correcting" gadget whose advertisers claim it can heal people holistically, is so bogus as to have earned its...

False Advertising vs. the First Amendment

You know better than to believe everything companies say in ads, but when it comes to claims about the healthfulness of foods and other products, the untruths can reach outrageous levels. The question is: What can a government limited by the First Amendment do to stop them?