Rulings (350)
  • University of Leicester

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 15 November 2017

    A paid for Facebook post for the University of Leicester, seen on 17 July 2017, featured text stating that the university was “a top 1% world university” and “A World Ranked University”.

  • Make The Air Fair

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Internet (social networking), Internet (display), Regional press
    • 07 February 2018

    A paid-for Facebook post, regional press ad, poster and internet display ad for Make The Air Fair:

    a. The paid-for Facebook post, seen in early December 2016, was headed “Make The Air Fair” and stated “Our airwaves are up for sale. BT already own too much and now they want even more. Tell Sharon White, Head of...

  • 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 state...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 pe...

  • iPhoneIMEI.net t/a iPhoneIMEI.net

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 07 February 2018

    A web page for an iPhone unlocking service, seen on www.iphoneimei.net in September 2017, stated "Factory unlock Orange UK iPhone. Price from £19.99".

  • Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Direct mail
    • 31 January 2018

    A direct mailing advertising a health screening service, received in June 2017, stated “You are probably very well looked after by your NHS GP when you are ill, but you may also appreciate that many serious health conditions don’t show any warning signs. Around 80% of Strokes are caused by a blockage. That's why a c...

  • Fayong Hu t/a Greenpromocode.com

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

    A website, www.greenpromocode.com, which purported to offer online discounts, seen on 17 October 2017, featured the headline "Nutmeg Promo Codes 2017." Text stated "We have 3 nutmeg coupons for you to consider including 0 promo codes and 2 deals in October 2017. Grab a free nutmeg.com coupons [sic] an...

  • 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...

  • Rosemary Water Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site), National press, Internet (social networking), Brochure, Magazine
    • 31 January 2018

    Seven magazine and national press ads, two paid-for tweets, a video on the advertiser’s Instagram page and the website for Rosemary Water:

    a. A magazine and national press ad, seen in April and June 2017, featured the heading “A LADY IN ACCIAROLI HAS BEEN ON ‘THE ROSEMARY DIET’ FOR 100 YEARS. TELL HER IT’S A F...

Informally resolved (1628)
  • 32Red Ltd t/a 32Red

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • 7dayshop.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Utilities, energy and environment

  • ALS First Aid Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Alarm Response Management - ARM GB Community Interest Company t/a ARM GB

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden, Safety and security

  • Architect Personal Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions, Charity, education and Third sector

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (search engine)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Asos.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • B&Q plc

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden

  • Bonne Terre Ltd t/a Sky Bet

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

Mail order cases (18)
  • Maple Syrup Media Ltd t/a Quidco

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Children and the vulnerable

  • William Reed Business Media Ltd

    • 18 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Alisha Lemay

    • 04 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • K n M's Embroidery

    • 27 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Teentoday Ltd t/a Maximumpop!

    • 13 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Gambling

  • Lingerie Outlet Store Ltd

    • 30 August 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

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

  • Stafco Ltd t/a Handpresso UK

    • 21 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Food, drink and supplements

  • 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

  • Spar (UK) Ltd

    • 14 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

Database cases (31)
  • 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