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Should companies be liable of false advertising?

Asked by seVen (3472points) July 31st, 2008 from iPhone

there are many tv commercials advertising one thing but then then they give you a very fine unreadable print what their product is about, or they get some fast speaking gibberish person explaining their info.

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marinelife's avatar

It depends on the egregiousness of their claims and the type of product. Mostly, in free market America, the rule of law is Caveat Emptor.

The FDC does regulate claims for drugs. Cigarette and alcohol advertising are subject to regulation. Much of the rest requires challenge in the courts by lawsuits, which happens.

btko's avatar

A good read on the subject is “With These Words I Can Sell You Anything” by William Lutz

marinelife's avatar

@btko Don’t you mean a depressing, but good read? :)

btko's avatar

haha well maybe!

jballou's avatar

Companies ARE liable for false advertising. They are experts at circumventing the rules and finding loopholes, however. A good rule of thumb would be to not believe what a commercial is telling you. Ever.

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