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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

“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

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

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's 2012 Green Guides: What Does It Mean for Your Advertising Strategy?

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

It’s Not Easy Being Green: FTC’s Revised Green Guidelines May Adversely Affect the Little Guy

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

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

"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

Advertising Law -- Oct 02, 2012: SPECIAL FOCUS - FTC Releases Highly Anticipated Revised Guides on Environmental Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued yesterday the final version of its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims ("Green Guides" or "Guides"). While the final Guides continue to emphasize that...more

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