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NAD Knocks HARMONY No-VOC Claims

insights February 16, 2011

When engaging in national advertising (including via websites), green claims must make clear to which aspect of a product line or business they apply.  Claims must be substantiated by evidence, which companies should be prepared to provide in the event that it is sought by consumers or competitors.   Failure to substantiate one’s green claims may…

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BBB Offers Mechanism to Prevent Deceptive Ads

insights BBB Offers Mechanism to Prevent Deceptive Ads Yaacov P. Silberman · December 17, 2010

As we await the release of the FTC Green Guides, advertisers also should be aware of the BBB’S National Advertising Division (“NAD”) as a potential means for dispute resolution for false advertising claims. The Better Business Bureau’s NAD offers a self-regulatory mechanism for remedying false advertising claims made in nationally distributed advertisements. The system is designed to provide a streamlined…

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Watch out greenwashers; here comes the FTC

insights August 23, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) was created in 1914 to regulate unfair trade practices. It issued its first set of Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (commonly known as the Green Guides) under in 1992, which it then updated in 1996 and 1998. The Green Guides are meant to provide guidance to marketers so they can avoid…

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