Rulings (177)
  • Direct Collection Bailiffs Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 31 July 2019

    An email from Direct Collection Bailiffs Ltd, received on 24 April 2019, entitled "Gypsies next door, new series features Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away! Agents". Text within the email stated "Find out why DCBL maintain a 100% Traveller Removal success rate, watch the episode on-demand now. Tra...

  • Greenstar Gas, Plumbing and Heating

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 31 July 2019

    A website, for a plumbing and heating company, www.greenstarcolchester.co.uk, seen on 9 February 2019, stated "Greenstar Powerflushing, Gas, Plumbing and Heating is the only plumbing and service company that has [sic] 100% transparent ... pricing system ...".

  • The White Star Key Group Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 31 July 2019

    An Instagram post promoting a weight loss food supplement, published by Influencer Jemma Lucy (@jemlucy) on 5 May 2019 showed her sitting at a table in a bikini and socks, holding a mug. Three packets were featured on the table. Text stated “I’ve been staying in shape with my go to @skinnycaffe products....

  • USN (UK) Ltd

    • Upheld in part
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 31 July 2019

    A website, www.uk.usn-sport.com, seen on 1 November 2018 selling food supplements featured text on a product page that stated “PHEDRA CUT LIPO XT … Phedra Cut Lipo XT is the latest breakthrough from USN. It consists of a two-in-one liquid capsule containing ground-breaking, clinically researched ingredient...

  • Unilever UK Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • 31 July 2019

    An Instagram post for Radox, posted on 14 June 2018, featured a picture of a bottle of Radox shower gel which featured the claim “100% NATURE INSPIRED FRAGRANCE”. Below that on the bottle there was a prominent image of the Radox logo, a leaf, berries and text that stated “FEEL DETOXED acai berry sc...

  • Waverley Media Ltd t/a Waverley Media Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 24 July 2019

    A web document for a provider of 'trading systems', Waverley Media, seen on 23 April 2019, promoted a scheme named 'Daisho-Lite'. The document featured text which stated "a handful of disgruntled competitors and serial complainers who can't be bothered to follow instructions have been hard at w...

  • Dyson Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 17 July 2019

    A TV ad for the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Fan, seen in April 2019, featured a voice-over that stated, "Pollutants can build up indoors. Gases, allergens and particles. So Dyson's purifying fan heaters use sensors to detect them, capturing them inside sealed HEPA and carbon filters to clean the air. Then project 29...

  • Paramount Pictures UK

    • Not Upheld
    • Poster
    • 17 July 2019

    A poster for the cinema release of the film ‘Pet Sematary’ (2019) seen on the side of a bus, in April 2019, featured an image of children with animal masks and carrying various objects, including a spade, a crucifix and a wheelbarrow, walking through the woods with crucifixes in the background. Text beneath...

  • Person(s) unknown

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 17 July 2019

    The website for Mind Body Reset www.mindbodyreset.co.uk, a complementary therapy provider, seen on 11 February 2019. Text on the home page listed the following conditions “ADHD- Fibro - Depression - Stress - Anxiety - PTSD - ME/CFS”. Text on the “FAQ” page stated, “Mental Health problem...

  • Extreme Locks Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (search engine)
    • 10 July 2019

    A paid-for Google ad for Extreme Locks Ltd’s website www.mikejmartin/auto-locksmith, a vehicle locksmith, seen on 31 January 2019, included the text “Local 24 hour emergency locksmiths for all vehicle related security issues”.

  • PPB Counterparty Services Ltd t/a Betfair

    • Not Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 10 July 2019

    A web page titled “Cash Out” featured on the promotions section of the website www.betfair.com, seen in October 2018. Text stated “CASH OUT KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL CASH OUT WHEN THE MOMENT IS RIGHT AND TAKE YOUR PROFITS … HOW IT WORKS 1. Add selections to your betslip as normal. Bets eligi...

  • Universal Music Operations Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 July 2019

    A TV ad for Billie Eilish’s album ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go?’, seen at around 8.15 pm on 29 March 2019 began with on-screen text that stated the name of the artist while a voice-over said, “This is ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go?’ the debut album from Billie ...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Upheld
    • Internet (OM 3rd party), Regional press
    • 06 November 2019

    Ads in the press and online for Universal Credit broke the rules around substantiation and inclusion and presentation of significant conditions.

  • Mortgage Complaints Bureau Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 06 November 2019

    Ads on Twitter and on a website broke the rules around misleadingness and by implying the advertiser was acting for purposes outside of their trade.

  • Peter Wilson t/a Bearthecheekychow

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 06 November 2019

    A promotion run on Instagram was administered unfairly.

  • Unisnacks Europe Ltd

    • Upheld in part
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 06 November 2019

    Ads for biscuits appearing on Facebook, a website and on the product were banned for being irresponsible and encouraging excessive behaviours.

  • Unvilla Ltd t/a Consol

    • Upheld
    • Magazine
    • 06 November 2019

    A magazine ad for a tanning clinic was banned for making unfounded claims to treat medical conditions, as well as not being obviously identifiable as an ad.

  • Westminster Publications Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Magazine, Direct mail
    • 06 November 2019

    Ads for a political journal online and in direct mailings were banned for not being obviously as ads, and for implying it was an official government publication.   

  • Paramount Pictures International

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 30 October 2019

    A YouTube ad for the film Pet Sematary was banned for being inappropriately targeted at children.

  • Amazon Europe Core Sarl

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 30 October 2019

    An Amazon website ad for Prime was banned for breaking the rules around misleadingness and qualification.

Informally resolved (67)
  • EMP Mail order UK Ltd

    • 14 August 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), Internet (display)
    Topic: Pricing and charges

  • British Telecommunications plc

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • CrossReach Trading Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Medical procedures and services, Children and the vulnerable

  • Flipper Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Claims, endorsements and testimonials

  • Grylls Adams Estate Agents

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Claims, endorsements and testimonials

  • Hyperconnect Inc

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Gender, sex and relationships

  • Kettle Foods Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Packaging
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • L'OrĂ©al (UK) Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Royal Panda Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Gambling

  • SCA Investments Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Food, drink and supplements

  • Super Bock Bedidas SA

    • 10 July 2019

    Media: Internet (social networking), Internet (display)
    Topic: Alcohol

  • TalkTalk Telecom Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Pricing and charges

  • Tapi Carpets & Floors Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), Point of sale
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Pricing and charges

  • The Back Doctor

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Circular
    Topic: Health conditions

  • The Feel Good Group Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Toyota (GB) plc

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • Warners Group Publications plc

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Claims, endorsements and testimonials

  • Waterman Corporate Enterprises Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), Internet (e-tailing)
    Topic: Beauty products, grooming and hygiene

  • www.axparis.co.uk Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • ADIDAS (UK) Ltd

    • 26 June 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions