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Wait for the "Green" Light Before Making Environmentally Friendly Claims

Consumers increasingly pay a premium for environmentally friendly products. As a result, companies are expanding their green marketing claims regarding products and packaging. Those companies may find themselves under...more

Hazardous Chemical Users: Time to Consider Compliance with the GHS

In most Australian states, businesses involved with hazardous chemicals must comply with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) from 31 December 2016. 'Businesses' include...more

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

Private Governance of Green Claims in the Marketplace: The Role of NAD and Advertising Self-Regulation

Private environmental governance encompasses a broad range of private actors creating systems and mechanisms for promoting various environmental or “green” attributes. Increasingly, companies are conducting life-cycle...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

More GMO Labeling Ballot Initiatives Coming in November; Federal Labeling Initiatives in Congress

Despite losses in California and Washington, groups in favor of labeling food containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms (“GMO”) continue legislative efforts at the state and national level. Oregon and...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

Insurance Recovery Law -- May 30, 2013

In This Issue: Do Your Homework; Repeated Sexual Abuse = Multiple Occurrences, Says New York’s Highest Court; 5th Circuit Holds Policy Covers EPA Suit; Competitor’s False Ad Suit Covered By Liability Policy; and...more

Episode 92 – Ditto Sustainable Brands Reinvents the Hanger

In Episode 92 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on March 16, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Gary Barker, founder and CEO...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

Carbon Market Open for Business While Disputes Loom

Results of California’s first cap-and-trade carbon auction are in and the results are mixed. The auction was for carbon permits that permit greenhouse gas emitting businesses the right to release carbon into the air. Each...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

Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship: Part Five

Fifth in a Series of Articles Last week’s article in this series noted that there is significant support in the law of corporate governance for companies pursuing a double bottom line, i.e. pursuing profit while doing...more

Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship: Part Three

Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media baron Rupert Murdoch and a successful media executive in her own right, recently criticized her brother James, a top executive at News Corp., for pursuing profit at all costs. According...more

FTC Issues Revisions to Its Guides for Use of Environmental Marketing Claims

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

FTC’s New Green Guides For Making Environmental Claims

Purpose of the Green Guides - 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...more

Truth in Green Advertising: FTC Releases Final Revised “Green Guides”

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released final revisions to its Environmental Marketing Guides, commonly known as the “Green Guides.” The Green Guides, the FTC’s guidance document on enforcement of Section 5 of...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

Los Angeles Port Modernization

A project to modernize a container terminal at the Portof Los Angelesis being trumpeted by a press release after approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission of the final Environmental Impact Report. The container terminal...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

Episode 59 – Exploring Brand Strategy Tips for Natural Product Businesses

In Episode 59 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on April 14, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show host Dick Lyons welcomes Morris Shriftman, a brand strategist for natural foods and green products, and CEO of Mozart, Inc. (A...more

Three Point Shot - December 2011

Welcome to Three Point Shot, a newsletter brought to you by the Sports Law Group at Proskauer. In Three Point Shot, we will attempt to both inform and entertain you by highlighting three sports law-related items and providing...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 Releases Highly Anticipated Updates to Environmental Marketing Guides and PMA Webinar

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today released a long-anticipated draft of its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”), which provide critical guidance for companies making...more

Businesses Beware: FTC Looks To Put “Green” Marketing Claims Under The Microscope

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its highly anticipated proposed revisions to its Environmental Marketing Guides. When final, the FTC guidance will establish significant new rules of the road for...more

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