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FTC Fails to Prove Green Guides' Meaning of "Biodegradable"
Posted on 29 Apr 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

In an Initial Decision announced February 6, 2015, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held that ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics... Read More

Safer Chemicals: Protecting Employees and the Earth at the Same Time
Posted on 11 May 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Andi S. Kenney Chemicals, natural and synthetic, are all around us. We can’t live life without them--and we wouldn’t want to. But some chemicals are toxic to humans and the flora and fauna with which we share the earth. Replacing... Read More

FTC Warns Plastic Bag Companies about Oxodegradable Claims
Posted on 6 Jan 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Continuing its focus on environmental claims, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has written to 15 producers of plastic bags warning that “oxodegradable” and “oxo-biodegradable” claims may be deceptive and asking for confirmation... Read More

FTC Issues Final Order Settling Misleading Biodegradability Claims
Posted on 13 Jun 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

In another demonstration of its renewed focus on “green claims” following the FTC’s 2013 Green Guides revision, the FTC announced that it settled with American Plastic Manufacturing, Inc. allegations that the company made false biodegradability... Read More

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative: “Work Plan” Basics and the 7 Product Categories – 3 Action Steps
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by DLA Piper

By George Gigounas and Rachael E. Yourtz California is steadily implementing its landmark Green Chemistry Initiative, which increases regulation and oversight of consumer product chemical exposures in important ways. In a recently published Work... Read More

Green Chemistry – The State of the States
Posted on 11 May 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

By Sheila A. Millar and Nathan A. Cardon From one corner of the country to the other – literally, from California to Maine – industry is facing a growing number of green chemistry initiatives, each giving states varying degrees of authority... Read More