FYI: FTC Extends Comment Period (Leather and Imitation Leather Products)

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The Federal Trade Commission has extended until Nov. 15, 1995, the deadline for comments on a proposal to consolidate several old regulatory items into a single set of guidelines for the advertising and labeling of leather and imitation leather products. The new guides would replace three FTC guides for luggage, shoes and handbags, which the FTC rescinded in Septem- ber, as well as a rule for leather belts that the FTC proposed for elimination at that same time.

The Commission's decision to extend the comment period grants a petition from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, a retail trade association. The association had sought more time so it could consult with members before submitting comments. The original comment period would have ended Oct. 18. The Commission vote to extend the comment period was 5-0.

Written comments should be marked "16 CFR Part 24 - Comment - Proposed Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products" and addressed to the FTC, Office of the Secretary, Room H-159, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.

Copies of the Federal Register notice announcing the extended comment period and other documents associated with this matter are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-2222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases and other materials also are available on the Internet at the FTC's World Wide Web site at:

(FTC File P958008, P958009, P958010)

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