Tag Archives: Regulation

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

Eleventh Circuit Finds Restraint on Product Labeling Violation of First Amendment

Recently, in a case that should remind retailers and their suppliers to consider their First Amendment rights as they relate to the regulation of product labeling, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the actions of the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and the Chief of the Florida Bureau of Dairy Industry violated a dairy company’s First Amendment rights relating to use of the term “skim milk.”… 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

Retailers Await New Drone Regulations Amid Trump Administration Regulation Freeze

Retailers are exploring how to use drones to quickly deliver online orders to customers. In June 2016, the FAA issued a final rule permitting flights by commercial drones under certain conditions. While the rule was a welcome step forward for the commercial drone industry, the operational restrictions prohibited drones to fly over any populated areas due to safety concerns, essentially forbidding commercial drones in most urban areas.… Continue Reading

Are You Ready for China’s New Cybersecurity Law?

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China enacted a new Cybersecurity Law in November 2016. The final Cybersecurity Law will apply to many multinational companies starting June 1, 2017. Hunton & Williams will host a webinar on China’s New Cybersecurity Law on March 7, 2017. This blog entry provides additional information on the event and a link to register for the complimentary program. … Continue Reading

Trump Administration’s Impact on Financial Services Regulation and the SEC

As with other areas of the law, the recent presidential election will present both challenges and opportunities for retailers concerned with financial and securities regulation. The appointment of financial markets regulators is one of the principal means by which the President affects regulation of financial markets, which in turn could affect the availability of credit for retailers and the overall economic environment in which they operate. … 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
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