On January 20, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published Notice No. 5 , imposing definitive antidumping (AD) duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Korea and the United States. On the same...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
In This Issue:
- U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector Advance in the United States and European Union
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
In This Issue:
- When Energy and Antitrust Worlds Collide — Sixth Circuit Rules That Filed-Rate Doctrine Did Not Bar Price Discrimination Claim Against Electric Utility
- California Cap-and-Trade Scheme
If You Make Any Environmental Claims About Or Use Certification Marks on Products or for Services…The FTC has News for You.
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued its revised Guides for the Use of...more
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently adopted revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”). The 2012 Green Guides, which modify a 1998 version, are not binding regulations but are...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Common Sense Decisions on Source Aggregation: A Roadmap for Regulating Oil and Gas Emissions?
- The FTC’s Revised Green Guides...more
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
The Federal Trade Commission released its much anticipated “Green Guides” earlier this month. As discussed here, on Foley Hoag’s Law & the Environment blog, the guides seek to rein in the use of specious environmental...more
Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission released its revised Green Guidelines, providing parameters for advertising and marketing claims of supposedly eco-friendly products. The publication completes a two-year...more
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided important new guidance concerning environmental marketing claims, issuing revisions to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (the "Green...more
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued revised “Guides For The Use Of Environmental Marketing Claims” – the “Green Guides,” 16 CFR Part 260. The Green Guides originally were issued in 1992 and were revised in...more
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