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NAD Fast-Track SWIFT

NAD's portfolio of filing options for advertising challenges is designed to provide businesses and the legal professionals who support them with transparent, predictable options when pursuing a challenge. NAD “case-choice” options include Fast-Track SWIFT, Standard Track, and Complex Track

 

Our Fast-Track SWIFT filing option was developed to meet the compelling need for quick resolution of truth and transparency issues that arise in advertising. This expedited process reviews the prominence and/or sufficiency of disclosures in influencer marketing and native advertising as well as other advertising truth and transparency issues that do not require complex claim substantiation.  

 

 

Fast-Track SWIFT Benefits

Expedited

The Fast-Track SWIFT process allows parties to receive an NAD decision within 20 business days from the opening of the case

Specific

Challenges are limited to a single issue and must fit into one of the three “claim type” categories

Streamlined

Submissions are made online and only one substantive submission is permitted per party

Eligible Claim Types


Fast-Track SWIFT challenges are limited to a single issue. Claims that may be worded slightly differently but still convey the same message can be brought in a single challenge. Currently, NAD only accepts three types of claims for Fast-Track SWIFT challenges: 

 

  • The prominence or sufficiency of disclosures including disclosure issues in influencer marketing, native advertising, and incentivized reviews
  • Misleading pricing and sales claims
  • Misleading express claims that do not require review of complex evidence or substantiation such as clinical or technical testing or consumer perception evidence

 

 

 

 

Initiating a Case

 

All Fast-Track SWIFT challenges must be submitted via the NAD Challenge Portal and include:

 

  • The advertiser’s contact information, including identifying the correct person to whom the challenge should be directed
  • A copy of the challenged advertising and the date(s) and platforms(s) the challenged claim appeared
  • A brief description of the facts showing how the advertising is likely controlled by the advertiser
  • Exhibits to support the argument that the challenged claim is not substantiated (if applicable)
  • A brief statement as to why the challenged claim is appropriate for the SWIFT process (e.g., it fits within the categories defined as appropriate for SWIFT review, etc.)
  • The filing fee must be received by NAD before the 20-day countdown clock will begin on the challenge

 

 

 

 

Filing Fees

 

Filing fees cover some of the administrative costs associated with the advertising review process. Fees are based on annual revenue per the breakdown below. Filing fee waivers or partial waivers are available if economic hardship is demonstrated.

 

2021 Fast-Track SWIFT Filing Fees (effective November 9, 2021)

National Partner:

  • Annual Revenue Under $250M: $12,000
  • Annual Revenue Under $5B: $32,000
  • Annual Revenue Over $5B: $40,000
  • Fast-Track SWIFT - Disclosure: $10,000

 

Non-National Partner:

  • Annual Revenue Under $250M: $15,000
  • Annual Revenue Under $5B: $40,000
  • Annual Revenue Over $5B: $50,000
  • Fast-Track SWIFT - Disclosure: $12,500

 

The filing fees should be accompanied by a statement indicating the category into which the challenger’s gross annual revenue falls. In the case of a subsidiary, the filing fee is determined by the gross annual revenue of the parent company.

 

 

 

 

SWIFT Case Decisions

Decision

In Two Fast-Track SWIFT Cases, NAD Recommends Advertiser Claims be Discontinued in One, and Advertiser Voluntarily Discontinues Claims in the Other

New York, NY – November 10, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) closed two Fast-Track SWIFT cases in October. Stokely-Van Camp challenged BA Sports Nutrition’s social media posts about the comparative taste of its BodyArmor flavored sports drinks vs. Gatorade’s. The Procter &...

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Press Release

BBB National Programs National Advertising Division Launches Expedited Fast-Track SWIFT Lane Designed to Address Misleading Advertising Disclosures

New York, NY – November 9, 2021 – Mindful of recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) actions, BBB National Programs today announced a new, streamlined lane of the expedited Fast-Track SWIFT challenge submission process, one designed specifically to address the prominence and sufficiency of...

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Decision

In Two Fast-Track SWIFT Cases, One Voluntary Discontinuance of Claims, and One National Advertising Division Recommendation to Discontinue Claims

New York, NY – July 13, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs closed two new Fast-Track SWIFT cases in June. Function challenged PerSe Beauty’s “over 192,000 5-star product reviews” claim and Nestle Nutrition challenged Reckitt Benckiser’s exclusivity claims...

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Decision

Three NAD Fast-Track SWIFT Cases Resolved; One Claim Supported, One Recommendation to Discontinue Claim, One Claim Voluntarily Discontinued

New York, NY – March 17, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs announced the resolution of three new Fast-Track SWIFT cases: 

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Frequently Asked Questions