Rulings (144)
  • Health Solutions Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Leaflet
    • 25 November 2020

    A leaflet for a healthcare service was banned for implying that their food supplements could prevent, treat or cure human disease.

  • Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd t/a LTDA

    • Upheld
    • Radio
    • 25 November 2020

    A radio ad promoting London black cab services exaggerated the extent to which features of the taxis could reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Rightio Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (sponsored search)
    • 25 November 2020

    A paid-for Google Ad for a plumbing service misleadingly stated that a call-out charge did not apply for diagnostic work carried out by engineers.

  • BrewDog plc

    • Upheld in part
    • National newspaper (paid ad)
    • 18 November 2020

    Poster and press ads for BrewDog beer broke the rules on offence by using a reference to an expletive in media targeted to a general audience. The same ad appearing in targeted magazines did not break the rules.

  • Person(s) unknown t/a TBM Enterprises and Thebettingman

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 18 November 2020

    An Instagram story by Sam Gowland was not obviously identifiable as an ad and broke the rules on social responsibility for suggesting using betting tipsters was a way of achieving financial security.

  • TUI UK Ltd

    • Not upheld
    • Website (own site)
    • 18 November 2020

    Claims on a travel and tourism company website for hotel rooms were not misleading.

  • Easylife Group Ltd t/a Easylife Group, Positive Health

    • Upheld
    • Newspaper
    • 11 November 2020

    An ad in a national newspaper made misleading and unsubstantiated claims that a reusable face mask would protect the wearer from COVID-19 and that copper-infused fibres in the mask would kill particles of COVID-19.

  • Jemella Ltd t/a GHD

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 04 November 2020

    A TikTok post by Emily Canham about a GHD branded hairdryer was banned for not being obviously identifiable as an ad.

  • Town Force Ltd

    • Upheld in part
    • Internet (website content)
    • 04 November 2020

    A website ad for a plumbing service was banned for misleadingly stating that they did not charge a call-out fee when it was their policy to do so.

  • Sky UK Ltd

    • Not upheld
    • Television
    • 28 October 2020

    A website and TV ad for Sky was not found to be misleading.

  • 360 Health Ltd t/a London Vaccination Centre

    • Upheld
    • Email
    • 14 October 2020

    A direct email from a vaccination clinic was banned for implying that a positive COVID-19 antibody test would show that people were immune to the disease.

  • Esso Petroleum Company, Limited t/a Esso Petroleum Company, Limited

    • Not upheld
    • Magazine
    • 14 October 2020

    A magazine ad for a fuel company did not make misleading environmental claims.

  • Profit Accumulator Ltd t/a Bonus Accumulator

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 14 October 2020

    A paid-for Facebook post and a website post for a betting company were banned for presenting gambling as a way to achieve financial security, for being misleading and for being socially irresponsible.

  • Solihull Health Check Clinic

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 14 October 2020

    A website ad for a health clinic was banned for stating that a COVID-19 antibody test was 100% accurate and for implying that a positive result would show that people were immune to the disease.

  • Technical Specialities Ltd t/a Lakeland Paints

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 14 October 2020

    A website ad for a paint product was banned for making misleading claims about its effectiveness in absorbing air pollutants.

  • XMedical Ltd t/a Corona Test Centre

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking), Website (own site)
    • 14 October 2020

    A paid-for Facebook ad and a website post for a COVID-19 test site were banned for implying that a positive antibody test would show that people were immune to the disease.

  • Comfort Click Ltd t/a WeightWorld.co.uk, ShytoBuy.co.uk

    • Upheld
    • 07 October 2020

    An Amazon listing for a foot and leg massage therapy machine was banned for making medical claims despite the product not being a CE-marked medical device.

  • Omaze Inc

    • Upheld
    • 07 October 2020

    A website promotion for a house raffle competition did not clearly explain the free route entry.

  • Puressentiel UK Ltd

    • Upheld
    • 07 October 2020

    A newspaper ad for an air spray product misleadingly implied that it could reduce airborne household bacteria.

  • Skinny Clinic t/a Germaine Smith and Michel Thompson

    • Upheld
    • 07 October 2020

    Three Instagram posts by a weight loss injection provider which made irresponsible weight loss claims and a website ad which promoted prescription-only medicines to the general public were banned.

Informally resolved (26)
  • AB Electrolux

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • AXN Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Delivery, construction and logistics

  • Amazon Europe Core Sarl

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • B&Q plc

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Delivery, construction and logistics

  • B&Q plc

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Delivery, construction and logistics

  • Blue SAS

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (display)
    Topic: Holidays, travel and motoring

  • Cameron Mackintosh Ltd - unconfirmed

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Dockyard Social CIC

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 2

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

  • Expedia.com Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Holidays, travel and motoring

  • Harrington & Byrne Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: National press
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • Howarth Homes plc

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: National press
    Topic: Property sales and lettings

  • In The Style Fashion Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • JD Sports Fashion Plc

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • John Lewis Partnership plc

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 3

    Media: National press, Internet (social networking), Point of sale
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Lifecycle Marketing - unconfirmed

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Children and the vulnerable

  • MyCityDeal Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Peloton Interactive UK Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Person(s) unknown

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Gender, sex and relationships

  • RB UK Commercial Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 4

    Media: Television
    Topic: Home and garden

  • Specsavers Optical Group Ltd

    • 04 December 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

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