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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

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the... Read More

FTC Cuts Down Plastic Lumber Recycled Content Claims
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

For the second time in five months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement of allegedly deceptive recycled content claims for plastic lumber. In its administrative complaint, the FTC claimed that American Plastic Lumber (APL... Read More

World Bank Sells Record $91M of Green Bonds Tied to “Ethical” Companies
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson The World Bank sold $91 million in green bonds tied to an index of "ethical" companies – its largest offering of green bonds linked to an equity index and the first offered to individual investors. Green bonds... Read More

Banks Get Involved in Environmental Strategies
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Marc Karell

Why have some of the largest banks in the world invested large sums of money to environmental and sustainability causes? Why did both Citigroup and Bank of America pledge to invest $50 billion each in alternative energy and conservation projects and –... Read More

Is It Easy Being “Green”? The FTC Pursues Enforcement Actions Regulating “Green” Marketing Claims
Posted on 24 Dec 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

As consumers increasingly look for, and are willing to pay a premium for, environmentally friendly products, companies are increasingly seeking to capitalize on this market demand by making green marketing claims about products and packaging. Green marketing... Read More

New CCCL Paper: Federal “Green” Product Procurement Policy In The U.S.
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Shawna Ganley, CCCL Contributor and Former Visiting Scholar With the recent COP19 in Warsaw showing questionable progress towards a universal climate agreement in 2015 ( as reported previously by CCCL ), government procurement represents an uncontroversial... Read More

CEC Approves New Operational Plan For 2013-2014
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

Last week the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) agreed to a new Operational Plan for 2013-2014 that focuses on collaborative actions in three strategic areas to maximize the overall impact: greening transportation, tackling... Read More

U.N. Publishes Sustainability Procurement Guide
Posted on 26 Sep 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

The US Government has for some time had in place sustainability procurement requirements , pursuant to Executive Order 13514 , which mandates that 95% of new contract actions must be “green,” including new task orders. With the same goal of... Read More

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the... Read More