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Sainsbury's attacks Tesco in TV ad war over value

Sainsbury’s will tonight launch the first of a series of attack ads against Tesco, set to coincide with the first anniversary of the horsemeat scandal.

Lucozade Sport ad campaign banned for claiming drink hydrates better than water

Advertising Standards Authority said ads failed to make it clear benefits would only be achieved during periods of prolonged exercise

The Loans2go ad may have been jolly but it was also misleading, the ASA said

Loans2Go TV adverts banned over 'inappropriate' Austrian costumes

A man dressed in lederhosen is not a suitable way to sell loans, rules ASA

Lily Allen's song has been banned from Spotify's promotional adverts

Spotify reprimanded over swear word in Lily Allen promotional email

The email contained the title of Allen's song 'F*** You'

Payday lender Peachy hit by fresh allegations of misleading advertising

Another payday lender has been rapped for misleading advertising today.

Miliband calls for ban on payday loan adverts during children’s TV

Labour leader says children are ‘being used as a tool’ to nag their parents into taking out loans

Simon Read: Wonga ad ban won't stop kids being exposed to its deals

A radio ad for payday lender Wonga was banned for being irresponsible. It rewrote the words to jaunty Fifties hit Mr Sandman to praise the lender for its simple loans.

Robin Thicke's advert was deemed too raunchy for daytime TV

Robin Thicke claims British people don't 'get' Blurred Lines following advert ban

The singer said the song, which has been banned by a number of British institutions, has been misunderstood

Robin Thicke's advert was deemed too raunchy for daytime TV

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines advert banned before 7.30pm following almost 100 complaints

The advertisement for Beats Pill, a portable speaker, was ruled as too sexually suggestive for broadcast on daytime TV

Wonga advert ‘not socially responsible,’ says ASA

A radio advert for payday lender Wonga has been banned for being irresponsible.

65 complaints were made to ASA regarding the E-Lites advert

E-cigarette adverts banned by watchdog

Three adverts for e-cigarettes have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), in the first such action to be taken against the tobacco alternative products.

The Home Office's 'go home' ad vans have been accused of using a French designer's copyrighted typeface without permission

Home Office rapped for illegal use of font in 'Go Home' ad vans

French designer accuses UK Government of using his typeface without permission in campaign which has been 'unpopular abroad'

TV advert exaggerated payout claims

A misleading television commercial that claimed mortgage borrowers could get compensation worth tens of thousands of pounds for mis-sold home loans has been banned.

Cardiff student union has apologised for the image

Cardiff Met students union condemned for offensive rape comment on posters

Cardiff Metropolitan Students’ Union has been heavily criticised for displaying posters advertising a freshers’ week event featuring an offensive comment about rape

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