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EPA’s Enforcement Efforts Regarding FIFRA Supplemental Distribution and How to Avoid Noncompliance

Under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Section 3(e), a registrant may distribute or sell its registered product under another person's name and address instead of (or in addition to) its own without...more

EPA Extols Pesticide Civil Penalty, but the Decision Could Be Problematic for Registrants and EPA

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Liphatech, Inc. (Liphatech), a pesticide manufacturer based in Milwaukee, WI, paid a $738,000 civil penalty for Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,...more

FDA Refusal to Define "Natural" Leaves Food Manufacturers at Risk for More and Costlier Class Action Litigation and Looking for...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month declined to weigh in on the issue of whether food products containing genetically modified ingredients can be labeled as "natural," refusing the request of three federal judges...more

City of Arlington v. FCC: Did the Supreme Court Just Expand the Scope of Chevron Deference? No.

On Monday, in City of Arlington v. FCC, the Supreme Court made clear that agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes are entitled to deference even where they involve questions relating to the scope of an agency’s authority...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

City of Los Angeles Waste Hauling Takes Big Step to Exclusive Franchise System

The City of Los Angeles took another step towards granting exclusive franchises for commercial trash hauling within the City, franchises that would also cover large apartment complexes. Under a plan approved by two City...more

"Green Advertising" and FTC 2012 Green Guides Update

After a multi-year process and numerous consumer surveys, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved revisions to its guidelines governing advertising for environmental and energy claims, better known as the...more

FTC Releases Final “Green Guides” for Environmental Marketing Claims

With few refinements made to the proposed guides, the guidance applies immediately and includes significant restrictions and qualifications regarding the use of important terms and claims. The Federal Trade Commission...more

EU Environment Report - September 2012

In This Issue: - Automobiles: ..EU to extend exemption for lead in cars - Chemicals ..New REACH restrictions on cadmium and lead published ..Prohibition on mercury in measuring devices extended ..New...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

"Skadden's 2012 Insights, January 2012: Regulatory"

In This Issue: - 126 Communications: Emerging Wireline, Media Ownership and Wireless Challenges - 128 Congressional Investigations: Anticipated Areas of Focus - 129 Environmental: The Potential Impact of EPA...more

California Attorney General Sues for Misleading Environmental Marketing Claims

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed the first "greenwashing" lawsuit under California state law against three companies that allegedly made false and misleading claims by marketing plastic water bottles as...more

An End to "Greenwashing?": The Federal Trade Commission's Efforts to "Wash Away" Deceptive Advertising

As it becomes increasingly common to find "green" environmentally-friendly products on retailers' shelves, the Federal Trade Commission is taking active steps to guarantee the legitimacy of "green" labeling and ensure that...more

FTC Changes Guidance on Environmental Marketing Claims

Many marketers of OTC drugs and devices, cosmetics, foods and dietary supplements make claims with regard to the content of their products and/or the packaging for their products. and their fate in or effect on the...more

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