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California Proposition 65 Caramel Coloring Suits

This January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report entitled “Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda” detailing its investigation of the presence of...more

Proposition 65 Hot Button Issue: Caramel Coloring in Soft Drinks

Beverage companies PepsiCo and Goya face a spate of class action lawsuits relating to the caramel coloring in their soda drinks. In January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report...more

Coming Christmas 2014: California Adds Another Phthalate Chemical to Its Proposition 65 List

With the 2013 holiday season behind us, the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) already appears to be looking forward to Christmas 2014. It has just wrapped and put a bow on next...more

FTC Enforcement Initiatives Spotlight Risks In Making Green Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has launched an enforcement program to encourage compliance with the agency’s recently revised Green Guides. It has brought at least 12 actions alleging deceptive and misleading claims based on...more

New EU Regulation on Cosmetic Products Enters Into Force

On 11 July 2013 Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Regulation) will replace the Cosmetics Directive of 1976 that used to rule cosmetic products in the European Union. Major aims of the Regulation are health protection, animal...more

Court To Decide Whether FDA Regulation Of Lead In Baby Food Pre-empts California Proposition 65

One of the rare California Proposition 65 trials began on April 8, 2013 – the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) suit in Alameda County, CA Superior Court (ELF Lead In Food Case, available at...more

Earth Matters - April 2013: Update on Federal Trade Commission Guides for Green Marketing

In the August 2010 issue of the Earth Matters newsletter, we provided recommendations for incorporating transparency into “green” marketing efforts based on the “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” (the...more

Episode 91 – Michael Funk Discusses Labeling Foods Containing GMOs March 14, 2013

In Episode 91 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on March 9, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Michael Funk. Funk is a...more

Eco-Friendly Product? Be Careful How You Advertise It

Everyone is “going green.” From recycling to reduced packaging, consumers want products they perceive to be environmentally friendly. But what do those “green” claims really mean? ...more

FTC Approves First Settlement Under Revised Green Guides

The Federal Trade Commission March 6, 2013, approved final orders C-4385 and C-4386 settling charges that two paint manufacturers made false and unsubstantiated claims that some of their paints contained zero volatile organic...more

Green Marketing Can Turn You Blue……If You Aren’t Careful

A couple of weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission issued its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims. Colloquially referred to as the “Green Guides,” they represent the latest in FTC thinking regarding...more

So What's So Bad About Green Washing?

On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued its revised “Green Guides.” The FTC first issued its Green Guides in 1992 to assist marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims. These guidelines...more

An Introduction to Proposition 37: California’s Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative

On November 6, 2012, California voters will decide the fate of Proposition 37, the Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative. If the initiative passes, genetically engineered foods sold in California will have to be...more

Advertising Law - November 11, 2010

In This Issue: Q&A with Manatt Partner Tom Morrison on the Rise of False Marking Lawsuits; Energy Efficiency Critic Sues Over LEED Certification System; From Warning Letter to Class Action for Listerine Mouthwash; A “Never...more

FTC Proposes to Amend "Green Guides" to Cover Association Environmental Certifications and Seals of Approval

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently proposed a number of revisions to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”). The deadline to file comments on the proposed changes is December 10,...more

Will The Revised "Green Guides" Do More Harm Than Good?

Last week Sun Chips pulled its biodegradable snack bag off the market around the same time that the FTC announced that it wanted to change its so-called "Green Guides." Coincidence? Maybe. Sun Chips explained that the more...more

Advertising Law - October 8, 2010

In This Issue: Chris Cole to Lead Webinar Discussion on FTC's Newly Released Green Guides; FTC Unlocks Charges Against Online Data Broker; NY Settles Over Software to Monitor Children on the Web; Lohan Settles With...more

Grid Privacy Issues To Be Examined by the Federal Communications Commission - Comment Period through October 2, 2009

Smart Grid technology enables electric utilities to use communications and computing technology to glean consumer electric usage patterns to facilitate more efficient network management. It has been identified by the FCC as a...more

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