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April 9, 2013

“The way in which your company disposes of sensitive information can have significant consequences on your business,” said Al Saikali, an attorney and co-chair of Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Data Security and Data Privacy Practice Group, based in Miami.

February 11, 2013

Accuracy of background-check-report information and greater scrutiny of the screening industry are the No. 1 trend for 2013, said attorney and background-check expert Lester Rosen.

January 22, 2013

The year 2012 brought numerous headlines about data breaches from organizations nationwide. Common threats to business data include intruders hacking into a computer system or network, remotely installed malware, lost or stolen laptops or data storage devices, insider threats, accidents and natural disasters.

November 6, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a revised set of green guidelines designed to help marketers ensure the truthfulness of their claims about the environmental attributes of their products. The updates to the existing “Green Guides” include new sections on the use of carbon offsets, green certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials.

October 29, 2012

Sherwin-Williams and PPG Architectural Coatings, two of the industry’s leading paint manufacturers, have agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charge that they misled consumers to believe that some of their paints are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

October 23, 2012

Marketers of consumer products touting various environmental-benefit claims finally have some closure on how to approach green advertising without running afoul of the Federal Trade Commission, said LeClairRyan partner and 17-year FTC veteran Thomas A. Cohn during an Oct. 12 business-law conference.

June 20, 2012

A new Georgia law effective July 1 provides that people who are parties to franchise agreements are not to be considered employees for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits. The legislation essentially protects franchisors from comp claims by franchisees.

The new law covers individuals “who are parties to a franchise agreement as set out by the Federal Trade Commission franchise disclosure rule, and deems that the relationship between franchisors and franchisees is governed by the rules of contract law, not those of employment law.

May 2, 2011

ForestEthics, a hard-hitting environmental group that is running a campaign to protect endangered forests, has kept the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) organization in its crosshairs for the last several years. The forest industry’s largest certification program for wood products even has its own tab on the ForestEthics Web page: Viewers can click on “Stop SFI GreenWash” and read a critique of the group’s certification process, its membership, its nonprofit status and even its logo.


January 18, 2011

An organization that called itself “Tested Green” -- and claimed to certify green products for as much as $549.95 -- was put out of business by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency has announced.

More than 100 customers paid various fees to have their products endorsed by Tested Green between February 2009 and April 2010, according to the FTC. Owner Jeremy Ryan Claeys claimed that the testing labs were independent, when in fact he owned the operations.

January 18, 2011

An organization that called itself “Tested Green” -- and claimed to certify green products for as much as $549.95 -- was put out of business by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency has announced.

More than 100 customers paid various fees to have their products endorsed by Tested Green between February 2009 and April 2010, according to the FTC. Owner Jeremy Ryan Claeys claimed that the testing labs were independent, when in fact he owned the operations.

September 21, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency, which runs the Energy Star program, has lashed out at an...

September 21, 2008

When it comes to trusted, on-the-shelf green product branding, there is Energy Star, and then...

August 7, 2007

The new EnergyGuide label has a streamlined look and will display estimated yearly operating costs...

July 2, 2007

The sale of HD Supply to three private equity firms has gained the approval of...

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