Analysis of Proposed Consent Order
The Federal Trade Commission has accepted an agreement, subject to final approval, to a proposed consent order from respondent Jore Corporation.
The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for reception of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the Commission will again review the agreement and the comments received and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take other appropriate action or make final the agreement's proposed order.
This matter concerns U.S. origin claims contained on packaging for certain Jore Corporation products, including power tool accessories. The Commission's complaint charges that respondents misrepresented on this packaging that the products were all or virtually all made in the United States. In truth and in fact, these products were actually made with significant foreign content and/or processing.
The proposed consent order contains a provision that is designed to remedy the charges and to prevent the respondent from engaging in similar acts and practices in the future. Part I of the proposed order prohibits Jore Corporation from misrepresenting the extent to which any product is made in the United States. The proposed order would allow Jore Corporation to represent that such products are made in the United States as long as all, or virtually all, of the components of the products are of U.S. origin, and all, or virtually all, of the labor in manufacturing them is performed in the United States.
Part II of the proposed order requires respondent to maintain materials relied upon in disseminating any representation covered by the order. Part III of the proposed order requires Jore Corporation to distribute copies of the order to certain company officials and employees. Part IV of the proposed order requires Jore Corporation to notify the Commission of any change in the corporation that may affect compliance obligations under the order. Part V of the proposed order requires Jore Corporation to file one or more compliance reports. Part VI of the proposed order is a provision whereby the order, absent certain circumstances, terminates twenty years from the date of issuance.
The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed consent order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the agreement and proposed order or to modify in any way their terms.