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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that American Plastic Lumber, Inc. (APL), a company that markets plastic lumber and related products, misled consumers about the environmental attributes of its products.
For the second time this year, the Federal Trade Commission has settled charges that a company that markets plastic lumber and related products misled consumers regarding the environmental attributes of its products. Under the FTC proposed settlement, the company, American Plastic Lumber, Inc. (...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that American Plastic Manufacturing, Inc.  made misleading and unsubstantiated biodegradability claims for its plastic products.  The final order is the fourth resulting from a set of “green...
La Comisión Federal de Comercio está enviando por correo cheques de reembolso por un valor total de $42,580.45 a 1,274 consumidores que compraron un aditivo para combustible que no tenía utilidad alguna conocido como EnviroTabs.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling $42,580.45 to 1,274 consumers who bought a worthless fuel additive called EnviroTabs. Its marketer, Green Foot Global LLC, touted it as the “World’s 1st Multi-Vitamin for Your Engine!” and falsely claimed it would increase fuel...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp., a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic lumber products, misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content,...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling charges that Down to Earth Designs, Inc. made deceptive environmental claims for its gDiapers diaper system, which includes a reusable outer shell (gPants) and disposable pad inner liners (...
A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic lumber products has agreed to stop making allegedly unsubstantiated claims about the recycled content and recyclability of two of its brands of plastic lumber. Under the FTC settlement, the company, N.E.W. Plastics Corp., must have credible evidence to...
Portland, Oregon-based Down to Earth Designs, Inc., which does business as gDiapers, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it made deceptive claims about its products’ biodegradability, compostability, and other environmentally friendly attributes.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved three final orders settling charges that Clear Choice Housewares, Inc.; Carnie Cap, Inc.; and MacNeill Engineering Company, doing business as CHAMP, violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting that plastic products they sell...
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the marketers of a fuel additive called EnviroTabs will pay $800,000 for consumer redress and are prohibited from making false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims that EnviroTabs, when added to any type of fuel, will increase fuel efficiency...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders in three cases involving allegedly deceptive environmental claims for mattresses. The FTC’s complaints, first announced in July, 2013, against Relief-Mart, Inc.; Esssentia Natural Memory Foam Company...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced six enforcement actions, including one that imposes a $450,000 civil penalty and five that for the first time address biodegradable plastic claims, as part of the agency’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims.
Under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, three mattress manufacturers have agreed to stop making unsupported claims that the mattresses they sell are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  
The Federal Trade Commission, in response to a request for public comment from the Marine Stewardship Council, submitted a comment explaining factors the MSC should consider to ensure that its “Certified Sustainable Seafood” label complies with the FTC Act and the agency’s Environmental Marketing...
A federal court ordered a home insulation marketer to pay a $350,000 civil penalty for making deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about his products’ insulation capabilities.  On the Federal Trade Commission’s behalf, the U.S. Department of Justice won the order on the merits of the case without...
The Federal Trade Commission issued revised “Green Guides” that are designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive.
The Federal Trade Commission today proposed revisions to the guidance that it gives marketers to help them avoid making misleading environmental claims. The proposed changes are designed to update the Guides and make them easier for companies to understand and use.

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