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Solar Installer Alert: New Countervailing Duties on Imports of Chinese Solar Products Take Effect June 10, 2014

The U.S. International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) made the preliminary countervailing duty (“CVD”) rates announced last week effective today, June 10, in a published notice, 79 Fed. Reg....more

Solar Installer Alert: In Preliminary Determination, U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar...

Late on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce (ITA) released a Fact Sheet announcing an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty case against...more

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

Solar Installer Alert: ITA Delays Trade Case Decision on Chinese Solar Modules | ITC's U.S. Solar Industry Injury Investigation...

The U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) has postponed its countervailing duty determination by about two months, leaving the solar industry hanging for a while longer....more

News Of Note - March 2014

Court Of Appeals Affirms Decision Imposing Duties On Chinese Magnesium Exporter That Lied To The Commerce Department – Cole Pfeiffer and Joshua Snead – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last month affirmed a...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Preliminary Determination of Injury to US Solar Cell Industry from Imports of Certain...

By a vote on February 14, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made a preliminary determination of material injury to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline Silicon...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Jan 30, 2014

California Court Recognizes Named, Additional Insureds Have Different Expectations - Why it matters: While the holding sounds straightforward – the reasonable expectations of an additional insured about the...more

China Announces Final Determinations in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations into Solar-Grade Polysilicon from Korea...

On January 20, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published Notice No. 5 [2014], imposing definitive antidumping (AD) duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Korea and the United States. On the same...more

Trade War Continues – China Hits U.S. Solar Material Suppliers with Final Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Duties

In a move viewed by many as retaliation against the U.S. for the anti-dumping and countervailing duties assessed by the U.S. against Chinese solar panels, China recently finalized its anti-dumping duties on imports into China...more

“Just The Facts, Ma’am:” FTC Actions Target “Biodegradable” Claims

Armed with its revised Green Guides, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to police what it sees as false and misleading environmental claims. In October, the agency announced six enforcement actions in response to...more

SolarWorld Files New Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Cases against China and Taiwan Solar Cells

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to begin antidumping investigations against the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and a...more

FTC Ramps Up Enforcement Actions Under Revised Green Guides To Include Deceptive Biodegradable Plastics Claims

As United States consumers are progressively willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products, businesses catering to this market are making an ever-growing number of representations about the “green” qualities of...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 18, 2013

C May Now Be For Celery or Carrots - Thanks to a deal brokered by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Partnership for a Healthier America, Sesame Street characters will soon appear in the produce department. In a...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

EU/China Solar Settlement Becomes Effective

A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more

Advertising Law -- Aug 08, 2013

Mattress Claims Run Afoul of Green Guides - The Federal Trade Commission, applying the Green Guides to the advertising of three different mattress manufacturers, stated that the companies slept on the requirements for...more

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - June 2013: It’s not easy saying you’re green - Avoiding unfair and deceptive environmental marketing...

As a famous amphibious Muppet once noted, it’s not easy being green. This sentiment is shared by the Federal Trade Commission, which has issued Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (also known as the “Green...more

Solar Power in Europe: EU imposes anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese imports

We commented in a previous alert that the European Commission had launched an investigation into "dumping" of solar panels in the European market by Chinese companies. Yesterday (4 June 2013) it was announced that the...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

Sustainability Claims Warrant Extra Caution

Originally published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on February 28, 2013. National Public Radio recently ran a series on "sustainable" seafood claims which raised concern regarding the validity of certain...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

Energy Newsletter - March 2013

In This Issue: *REGULATORY: - U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector Advance in the United States and European Union -...more

Advertising News & Analysis – December 13, 2012

In this issue: - It’s Easier Being Green - Off-Label Marketing Protected by First Amendment - Understanding New Restrictions on Advertising GI Bill Benefits - FTC Looks at "The Big Picture" - Upcoming...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 14, 2012

In This Issue: Hotel Web Sites Receive Warning Letters From the FTC; Not So Lucky? Jeans Brand to Pay $10M to Settle Text Message Suit; NAD: Environmental Claims for Cookware Products Are Overstated; Another “Natural”...more

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