Federal Trade Commission Green Guides

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FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

Plastics Industry Trade Association Releases Report Simplifying Bioplastics

On April 1, 2016, The Plastics Industry Trade Association's SPI Bioplastics Division released a new report explaining and defining bioplastics....more

Advertising with Environmental Certifications and "Green" Seals of Approval

As consumer demand for eco-friendly, non-toxic, and sustainably-sourced products continues to rise, so does the use of environmental certifications on packaging and advertisements for virtually every kind of consumer product,...more

FTC Asks – Are Your “All Natural” Claims All Accurate?

Companies that make “all natural” claims for their products may come under FTC scrutiny and enforcement. The Federal Trade Commission announced five cases this week with companies that market their products as “all...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 4

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection - Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others....more

Red Light for Green Claims: FTC Sends Warning Letters to Green Certifiers

This week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has sent warning letters to five marketers of environmental certifications and seals, as well as over 30 product companies displaying those certifications,...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

FTC Backs Off Green Guides Biodegradability Standard

On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an opinion and order holding that ECM BioFilms, Inc., a manufacturer of plastic additives, had made false or misleading claims about the biodegradability of...more

FTC Announces Red Light on Unqualified “Green Approved” Seals

Updated to clarify that this post is not about Green Seal, Inc. but the environmental seals or certifications warned against in a recent FTC update. Manufacturers of consumer products labeled with unspecified environmental...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #3

State AGs Settle Negative Option Marketing Case for $1M: Negative option marketing cost one company $1 million in a recent deal with the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. According to the...more

FTC Green Guides: FTC Sends Warning Letters Concerning Environmental Certification Seals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in a September 14, 2015, press release, "FTC Sends Warning Letters about Green Certification Seals," that it sent warning letters to five providers of environmental certification...more

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be...more

“Green” Certifications and Seals Do Not Have FTC Approval

On September 14, FTC staff sent warning letters to five providers of environmental certification seals and 32 businesses that display them online, alerting them to the agency’s concerns that the seals may be deceptive and may...more

FTC Issues Warning Letters About Environmental Seals and Certifications

On September 14, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued warning letters to five providers of environmental certification seals and 32 companies using those seals, stating that use of the...more

FTC Fails to Prove Green Guides' Meaning of "Biodegradable"

In an Initial Decision announced February 6, 2015, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held that ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics International (“ECM”) made false...more

FTC: Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Dog Waste Bags Suggest They May Be in Deep Doo-Doo

For the dog lovers of the world, this one is for you. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently sent "warning letters" to 20 manufacturers and marketers of dog waste bags that dog owners, walkers, and conscientious others...more

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

Petitioners Urge FTC to Investigate Utility’s Environmental Marketing Claims

This week, environmental activists in the state of Vermont filed a petition with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that an electric utility made improper environmental marketing claims regarding its...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

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

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

FTC Revises “Green Guides”

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

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