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Katie Bond

Katie Bond provides regulatory counseling and litigation support to national and global brands marketing a variety of consumer products, including over-the-counter drugs, foods, dietary supplements, weight loss products, personal care and cosmetic products, CBD products, apparel and shoes, home appliances, jewelry and sports equipment. She focuses her practice primarily on advertising and food and drug law, with an emphasis on risk analysis and a deep knowledge of Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and other regulatory regimes affecting the labeling and marketing of consumer products. Katie advises her clients on matters such as: influencer campaigns, social media marketing, crafting and substantiating health benefit claims, "green" marketing, “clean” and “sustainable” marketing, "Made in the USA" claims, auto ship programs, contests and sweepstakes, comparative advertising, multi-level marketing, compliance with rules surrounding product shipping, and the use of customer reviews and star ratings in product promotions.

Katie has extensive experience handling complex Federal Trade Commission and state investigations, in addition to assisting clients with consumer class action defense and initiating and responding to self-regulatory challenges before the National Advertising Division. She has also represented a major trade group in filing amicus briefs in support of defendants in false advertising class actions in several courts in California, including the Ninth Circuit.

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FTC and State Investigations

  • Represented major football helmet brand in FTC investigation into concussion and other health and safety claims. Closed with no enforcement.
  • Represented global cosmetic brand in FTC investigation involving implied safety claims for skin products. Closed with no enforcement.
  • Represented national dietary supplement brand in FTC investigation into healthy aging claims. Closed with no enforcement.
  • Represented biotech company affiliated with major university in FTC investigation into cognitive function claims for products. No-money settlement reached.
  • Represented several food and dietary supplement brands in California District Attorney investigations involving health-related marketing claims.
  • Represented start-up company in investigation by Florida Attorney General’s office into marketing claims for sleep, wellness, and relaxation products.

  • Represented global food brand in investigation by New York Attorney General’s office.

Litigation

  • Dismissal obtained for dietary supplement company in litigation against FTC. (First-ever successful motion to dismiss in any false advertising action brought by FTC.)
  • Dismissal obtained for company in class action lawsuit involving weight loss products.
  • Dismissal obtained for major food company in class action over ingredient content claims.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of marketer of store brand dietary supplements in Lanham Act false advertising case.
  • Dismissal and sanctions obtained in counterclaims in RICO civil action involving plaintiff’s class action firm.
  • Filed numerous amicus briefs on behalf of leading dietary supplement trade association in false advertising class actions.

NAD Cases

  • Represented major gasoline brand in successful NAD challenge against competitor.
  • Represented major cosmetic brand in successful NAD challenge against competitor.
  • Successfully defended several dietary supplement companies before NAD.

Presentations

Publications

Honors

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star - Consumer Law, Food and Drugs, 2014 - 2016
  • Recommended in the US Legal 500 for Marketing & Advertising
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  • Washington, D.C.

    600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
    The Watergate - Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20037

Assistant

Angelina Mejia
202.295.2211

Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia

Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D.

Davidson College, B.A.