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Recent Amendments to EPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Final Rule Affect Furniture Industry

In a move affecting retailers in the furniture and other wood-based industries, the EPA recently issued a series of amendments to its Final Rule implementing the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which added Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Formaldehyde Final Rule sets formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products and includes requirements for the testing, third-party certification, import certification and labeling of covered products by manufacturers of those products.… Continue Reading

Washington State Passes New Legislation on Collection and Use of Biometric Identifiers

On April 18, 2017, the state of Washington passed House Bill 1493, which sets forth requirements for businesses who collect and use biometric identifiers for commercial purposes. Under HB 1493, a biometric identifier includes a fingerprint, voiceprint, retina, iris or other unique biological patterns or characteristic used to identify a specific individual.… Continue Reading

How Companies Can Comply with the Newly Effective Consumer Review Fairness Act

On March 14, 2017, the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 will come into effect, 90 days after it was signed into law by President Obama. The Fairness Act was passed in response to an increase in the use of so-called “non-disparagement clauses” that prohibited consumers from sharing their honest opinions about a seller’s goods, services or conduct.… Continue Reading

Bill to Reduce ADA Litigation Against Owners Passes House Committee

Legislation seeking to reduce private litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, regarding accessibility barriers for disabled citizens in public accommodations, recently passed the House Judiciary Committee. Lodging and retail groups applaud the proposed legislation as a defense against serial nuisance suits by unscrupulous lawyers and plaintiffs, while advocates of the disabled claim it is an unfair new hurdle to private action under the ADA.… Continue Reading

Law Enforcement Can Seize Stolen Trade Secrets – A New Tool

The recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 provides a new form of expedited relief in federal court for owners of misappropriated trade secrets through an ex parte seizure of property. In extraordinary circumstances, DTSA permits a court to issue an order to authorize law enforcement officials to seize property – without advanced notice to the accused – in order to prevent the propagation or dissemination of the trade secret.… Continue Reading

Religious Freedom Laws See Opposition from Business Community

The Missouri Legislature is considering an amendment to the state’s constitution that would prohibit the state from imposing penalties on individuals who, due to sincere religious beliefs, refuse to participate in or provide goods and services for marriages or wedding ceremonies of same-sex couples. The “religious freedom” bill has been approved by the Missouri Senate and is currently pending before the House of Representatives. If the bill is passed, the proposed constitutional amendment will appear on the state’s ballot in November.… Continue Reading
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