By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

Federal Trade Commission Doorway SignSeyfarth Synopsis: Companies that make “all natural” claims for their products may come under FTC scrutiny and enforcement.

The Federal Trade Commission announced five cases this week with companies that market their products as “all natural” or “100% natural,” alleging deceptive use of those phrases in ads

By Ilana R. Morady, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be considered deceptive and may not comply with the FTC’s environmental marketing

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_71039011President Obama this week has announced various steps and actions in order to build on his “Climate Action Plan” intended to reduce the “dangerous levels” of carbon pollution that are allegedly contributing to climate change. His intention is to prepare communities for the impacts “that

By James L. Curtis and Meagan Newman

woman hold scanner and scans barcode with laserTraceability, according to the June 2014 guide published by the U.N. Global Compact and sustainability advisory firm BSR, means: “The ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location and application of products, parts and materials, to ensure the reliability of sustainability claims, in the areas of human

By Ilana R. Morady, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

The EPA, in an effort to expand the number of chemicals and functional-use categories on its  Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), is inviting chemical manufacturers to submit their chemicals for review and listing.

The SCIL includes chemicals that have met EPA safety criteria developed

By Philip L. Comella and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered an orthotic shoe insert manufacturer to pay over $210,000 in civil penalties for making “unsubstantiated antimicrobial claims” about their orthotic shoe inserts – resulting in the sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide, a violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,

By Ilana R. Morady and Craig B. Simonsen

In November 2013 EPA released its Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement for public comment. The public comment period has now been extended until April 25, 2014.

The Guidelines are the Agency’s criteria for assessing private sector standards

Lawrence Moss and Scott Schonfeld recently published a client alert on the City of Chicago’s new Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance. Chapter 18-14.

Chicago now joins several other major municipalities which have adopted similar legislation, including New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Boston, and San Francisco. Subject to limited exceptions, and staggered reporting

By Ilana R. Morady and Meagan Newman

The Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement of green marketing violations is in full swing.

Last year, the agency published final changes to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, commonly known as the “Green Guides.” We had previously blogged in some detail concerning the revisions. Now,