Rulings (91)
  • Poundland Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 07 February 2018

    A series of posts on Poundland’s Twitter and Facebook page, promoting the #ElfBehavingBad campaign, seen in December 2017:a. An ad, posted on 11 December, featured an image of a toy elf and a bottle of De-Icer placed in front of a car windscreen which featured a drawing of a pair of breasts. The caption stated, “Oh Elf...

  • Puig (UK) Ltd t/a Paco Rabanne

    • Not Upheld
    • Television, VOD
    • 07 February 2018

    Two TV ads and a Video on Demand (VOD) promoted the men's fragrance, Paco Rabanne XS:a. The first TV ad, which was seen in July and August 2017, depicted a man walking into a bathroom. He was seen to have removed his suit jacket and became topless. Two women were then seen peering towards a light source in a dark room....

  • Source Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Direct mail
    • 07 February 2018

    A direct mailing for Source Ltd, which promoted the Meristem Dietary Supplement, received on 14 August 2017, described, over 18 pages, the product’s ability to “replace and renew every cell in the human body, completely rejuvenating it … effectively rejuvenate your 11 vital systems, restore your youth and recover perfe...

  • Thomas Tunnock Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Poster
    • 07 February 2018

    A poster for Tunnocks Tea Cakes, seen on 6 November 2017, showed an image of a female tennis player holding a tea cake in place of a tennis ball at the top of her thigh, with her skirt raised at the hip. Text underneath the image of the women stated “Where do you keep yours?” with text underneath the product image stat...

  • Fernard Ltd t/a banaway.co.uk

    • Upheld
    • Radio
    • 31 January 2018

    A radio ad for banaway.co.uk, a claims management company, heard on 11 October 2017, featured dialogue between an authoritative figure and a driver: “The accused was driving recklessly”; “I’m usually a pretty careful driver”; “Turns out he had previous”; “I do a lot of miles. I picked up nine points for speeding. 51 in...

  • Top Travel UK Ltd t/a Flywhizz

    • Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 31 January 2018

    An email for a travel operator, Flywhizz, dated 24 October 2017, included text at the top of the email which stated “From British Airways”. Various airlines were listed in the body of the email, including British Airways.

  • Groupon Goods Global GmbH

    • Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 24 January 2018

    A product page on www.groupon.co.uk, promoting an offer on toilet rolls, seen on 5 October 2017 featured text that stated, “60x Rolls of Cusheen Quilted Lavender Toilet Paper Difference 64% £33.31 [strikethrough price] £11.99 …”.

  • 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 jerky m...

  • 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, “Graham Ze Chef...

  • 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 ca...

  • 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 Captain...

  • Digital Mums Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Digital outdoor
    • 03 January 2018

    Three digital outdoor ads for Digital Mums, a digital skills training company, were displayed on large screens alongside major roads in September 2017.a. One ad seen at a road junction in Hounslow, West London and along the M5 in Birmingham, contained text which stated "HEY, YOU IN THE SILVER CAR. EVER THOUGHT ABO...

  • 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, seen on 22 Sept...

  • Shambhallah Healing Center Ltd

    • Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 03 January 2018

    An email from Eventbrite for The Shambhallah Healing Center, sent on 20 September 2017, titled “FW: Join us & Reverse Your Diabetes or Hypertension in 30 days”. The body of the email stated “REVERSE YOUR DIABETES OR HYPERTENSION IN 30 DAYS WITH SHAMBALLAH HEALING CENTER … Medical & Pharmaceutical Industries tre...

  • 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 Trans...

  • ACAI Marketing Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Leaflet
    • 20 December 2017

    Two direct mailings for a marketing company, ACAI Marketing Ltd:1. The first mailing, received on 14 March 2017, featured text in large font at the top of the mailing that said "FINAL NOTICE". Text in a smaller font below stated "DEAR [recipient's name] An Unclaimed Reward is being held for you at our ma...

  • All-Dolled-Up

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site), Internet (social networking)
    • 20 December 2017

    Two Instagram posts and a website for All Dolled Up, a cosmetic surgery company, seen in August 2017:a. A post on all.dolled.up.surgery’s Instagram page included an image with text stating, “£1000 DISCOUNT + extra massage treatments ON GROUP BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 ONLY YOU PLUS THREE FRIENDS Terms and Conditions A...

  • Elevate Credit International Ltd t/a Sunny Loans

    • Not Upheld
    • Transport
    • 20 December 2017

    A poster for Sunny, seen on the London Underground network on 6 September 2017, featured an image of a man sitting in a deck chair wearing sunglasses and flip flops. Text stated “That’s life support … When you need some emergency cash, stress not”. Smaller text in the corner of the poster stated “Representative 750% AP...

  • Grey Haze Online Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 20 December 2017

    An online banner ad for the e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturer Grey Haze, seen on 2 June 2017, on the e-cigarette forum www.planetofthevapes.co.uk, stated "10% OFF EVERYTHING! POTV10 USE AT CHECKOUT. WWW.GREYHAZE.CO.UK". The ad provided a link to another page on planetofthevapes.co.uk which contained a lin...

  • Supergroup Internet Ltd t/a Superdry

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 20 December 2017

    A Facebook post for Superdry, dated 28 October 2017, included text which stated, “This is the jacket that gives you a different view ft. Nightscape”. The post included a short video of the free runner Nightscape, also known as Harry Gallagher, walking outdoors, along a high-up exposed steel support beam at night, high...

Informally resolved (185)
  • 32Red Ltd t/a 32Red

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Bonne Terre Ltd t/a Sky Bet

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • EU Lotto Ltd t/a Lottoland

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Leaflet
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies, Gambling

  • GIOBM Ltd t/a NEDonBoard.com

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), E-mail
    Topic: Recruitment and work

  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U t/a Estrella Galicia

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Alcohol

  • QMetric Group Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Direct mail
    Topic: Financial products and services

  • Asian BGE (Isle of Man) Ltd t/a Dafabet

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Kings Fitness & Leisure

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Direct mail
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Marks and Spencer plc

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (display)
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • Platinum Gaming Ltd

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Gambling

  • Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Television
    Topic: Computers, phones and telecoms

  • The Cooden Medical Group

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Leaflet
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Vodafone Ltd

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Direct mail
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • nakedwines.com Ltd t/a Naked Wines

    • 31 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Alcohol

  • Hermes Parcelnet Ltd

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail, Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Delivery, construction and logistics

  • Mills Medical Services Ltd t/a Moorgate Aesthetics

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Poster
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Sport & Leisure Management Ltd t/a Everyone Active

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, 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

  • Hedox Ltd t/a West London Interventional Clinic

    • 17 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Leaflet
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Cosmetic surgery and procedures

Mail order cases (2)
  • William Reed Business Media Ltd

    • 18 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Recruitment and work

  • Teentoday Ltd t/a Maximumpop!

    • 13 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Gambling

Database cases (23)
  • Dipsticks Research Ltd t/a panelbase.net

    • 24 January 2018
  • ROM Soccerleagues Ltd t/a Soccersixes

    • 24 January 2018
  • Made a Mano Srl t/a madeamano.com

    • 17 January 2018
  • WorldPay (UK) Ltd

    • 20 December 2017
  • Afibel SAS

    • 06 December 2017
  • New Wave Capital Ltd t/a Capital on Tap

    • 06 December 2017
  • Daub Alderney Ltd

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

    • 29 November 2017
  • MT SecureTrade Ltd

    • 29 November 2017
  • Wye Valley Promotions Ltd

    • 22 November 2017
  • Capital One Bank (Europe) plc

    • 15 November 2017
  • Wowcher Ltd

    • 08 November 2017
  • Glide Utilities Ltd

    • 25 October 2017
  • Quotatis Ltd

    • 25 October 2017
  • Ingenie Services Ltd

    • 18 October 2017
  • Smyths Toys UK Ltd

    • 11 October 2017
  • Bolsover Cruise Club Ltd

    • 04 October 2017
  • Progress Ltd

    • 27 September 2017
  • Virgin Media Ltd

    • 13 September 2017
  • Age UK

    • 23 August 2017