A Northern District federal judge in New York Tuesday ordered Home Depot to recall thousands of copies of a buyer’s guide because the publication unfairly compares a lawn tractor that its stores sell to one they do not.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn combined well-settled law in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with his own “principle of caveat contendor” in holding that advertisers must be held strictly accountable for factual assertions regarding competitors.

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