By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-2-20

Top House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans want the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on what they said is misleading TV advertising by trial lawyers, ads they said could threaten the COVID-19 recovery.

In a letter Monday (Nov. 2) to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, the Republicans said they were talking about ads that lead viewers to believe that medications are unsafe.  They argue the ads are schemes to generate lawsuits and thus revenues for the lawyers and are potentially illegal.

“As more therapeutics and vaccines come online to deal with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are concerned that these lawsuit marketing and advertising practices will further hamper our country’s ability to bring this health crisis under control and save lives,” they wrote. » Read More