Star-Ledger Quotes Richard B. Newman Following Call for Regulatory Investigation into Leading Maker of Artificial Sports Turf

On December 11, 2016, New Jersey’s largest news organization and one of the nation’s biggest media outlets, The Star-Ledger, quoted Richard B. Newman following requests by two United States senators that the Federal Trade Commission open an investigation into whether the leading maker of high-end artificial sports fields, known as Duraspine, violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in unfair and deceptive acts and practices.

The Newark school system recently filed the first class-action lawsuit in the U.S. over FieldTurf’s alleged marketing practices, accusing the company of misleading consumers by failing to disclose a pattern of problems with the turf whilst it touted its revolutionary qualities.

Mr. Newman’s quote in the article expressed that, “to the extent that Duraspine’s performance standards were inconsistent with express and implied marketing claims made to consumers, the intentional or reckless failure to clearly, conspicuously and prominently disclose the product’s alleged susceptibility to cracking, splitting and breaking apart could materially impact the direction of an FTC investigation or enforcement action.”

See the full Star-Ledger article, “Booker, Menendez call for FTC investigation of turf company.”

Richard B. Newman is an Internet marketing and advertising law attorney at Hinch Newman LLP.

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