Rulings (184)
  • ASDA Stores Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 January 2018

    A TV ad for ASDA, seen in October 2017, showed green lightning entering a house where a young girl dressed as a witch was standing in front of a mirror. The lightning caused a radio to glow green and start playing music. As the girl looked at the radio her eyes changed to glow green and she started dancing with jerk...

  • Buck Inn

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 10 January 2018

    Two Facebook posts for the Buck Inn, a pub in Darlington:

    a. The first post, dated 8 September 2017, stated “German Grub Night at The Buck Inn Dont mention ze war!”. The post included an image of a poster titled “german night” with text stating “Set 3 Course Meal Including Popular German Dishes £19.95pp, “Grah...

  • Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 January 2018

    A TV ad for Coral, seen on 16 April 2017, featured several stylised clips of footballers playing football, including successfully taking risks and out-manoeuvring and out-playing defending footballers, against the background of a dramatic soundtrack. The voice-over stated, “The beautiful game you can watch it or you...

  • Dyson Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 January 2018

    A TV ad for Dyson, seen on 14 May 2017, began with a woman at the window of her house, looking visibly concerned. The ad cut to a car exhaust producing green vapour. The word “Exhaust Particles” appeared above the exhaust. In the background a voice-over said, “What could be worse than the pollution outdoors?” The wo...

  • Booking.com BV

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 03 January 2018

    A TV ad for Booking.com, seen on 1 July 2017, promoted the different features of their website. A voice-over stated, “At Booking.com you’ll find a wide range of accommodation. From sun drenched holidays to weekend getaways for every possible budget and if you have to cancel, cancel. Most of the time it’s free and yo...

  • Diageo Great Britain Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 03 January 2018

    A Snapchat lens advertising Captain Morgan, seen in June 2017, included a cartoon icon of a pirate. The lens, which made the user’s face look like Captain Morgan, featured two glasses of a mixed alcoholic drink clinking together on screen, a seagull that flew a scroll on to the screen, which said “Live like the Capt...

  • MyCityDeal Ltd t/a Groupon

    • Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 03 January 2018

    Three emails for Groupon:

    a. The first email, seen on 21 September 2017, included the text “Fitbit Smart Fitness Watch £44.99 £39.97 View Deal”. The price £44.99 was crossed out. The deal page linked to from the ad included the text “Fitbit Smart Watch With Free Delivery From £86.99”.

    b. The second email...

  • Ramsdens Financial Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 03 January 2018

    A TV ad for Ramsdens, a company which offered currency exchange services, seen on 21 June 2017. The voice-over stated, “At Ramsdens … you can change your points into Euros … Ramsdens guarantee to give you a great rate for all your travel money … Online or instore. But always at our hot currency rates …”. The ad feat...

  • TFHC Ltd t/a Transform

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 03 January 2018

    A TV ad for Transform Cosmetic Surgery, seen in August 2017, featured a female voice-over which stated, “We had our little girl and she’s our world, getting back in shape was really hard. I lost the weight but I lost my chest too. I just thought, I’m gonna [sic] do something about it. So I had breast surgery with Tr...

  • Ticketmaster UK Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 03 January 2018

    A website selling event tickets, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, seen in March 2017, stated "ticketmaster PLATINUM. THE BEST AVAILABLE TICKETS ... Ticketmaster Platinum offers fans the best available tickets for an event direct from the artist. Platinum Tickets enable market-based pricing (adjusting prices according to...

Informally resolved (417)
  • Associated Newspapers Ltd t/a Mail on Sunday

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: National press
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Bluetree Design & Print Ltd t/a www.instantprint.co.uk

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Care International UK t/a Care

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Television
    Topic: Charity, education and Third sector

  • Hattons of London Ltd

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Television
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • TSB Bank plc

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Television
    Topic: Financial products and services

  • Angling Direct Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Photobox Ltd t/a PhotoBox

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Photobox Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • See Group Ltd t/a SeeTickets

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Student Money Saver Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies, Financial products and services

Mail order cases (8)
  • Alisha Lemay

    • 04 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Immediate Media Company Ltd t/a buysubscriptions

    • 27 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Magazine
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Hearst Magazines UK Ltd t/a Good Housekeeping

    • 14 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Nickelodeon UK Ltd

    • 31 May 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • LMnext UK Ltd

    • 05 April 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking), Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Time Inc (UK) Ltd t/a Woman

    • 15 March 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Magazine
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • British Toy & Hobby Association Ltd t/a Make Time 2 Play

    • 01 February 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • With love from Lou

    • 01 February 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (OM 3rd party)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

Database cases (8)
  • Daub Alderney Ltd

    • 29 November 2017
  • FSB Technology (UK) Ltd t/a 21Bet

    • 29 November 2017
  • MT SecureTrade Ltd

    • 29 November 2017
  • Smyths Toys UK Ltd

    • 11 October 2017
  • Virgin Media Ltd

    • 13 September 2017
  • Virgin Media Ltd

    • 12 July 2017
  • Price Engines Ltd t/a Home Improvement Quotes

    • 01 March 2017
  • Virgin Media Ltd

    • 01 March 2017