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|ConocoPhillips Alaska Receives Renewed DOE Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order authorizing ConocoPhillips Alaska Natural Gas to export over a two-year period 40 Bcf of LNG by vessel from the existing LNG terminal near Kenai, Alaska to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA)...
|New Hurdles for California Business with Proposed Prop 65 Changes|
Steven L. Hoch; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014Doing business in California is difficult for many reasons. Instead of trying to keep business in California, the state is suggesting further burdens to business es with no apparent real benefit to its citizenry. California is considering requiring business es to change warnings and make reports...
|U.S. House Trade Subcommittee Schedules Hearing On Trade Implications Of LNG Exports|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 9, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for April 9, 2014 on the trade implications of U.S. energy policy and LNG exports.
|California Names First Consumer Products for Green Chemistry “Priority Products” List|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014Recently, we have informed our readers of product safety legislative and regulatory initiatives, including green chemistry programs, driven at the state level. One of these important state regulatory initiatives is California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. California’s “Safer...
|ALJ Shaw Issues Public Version Of Initial Determination In Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps (337-TA-872)|
Eric W. Schweibenz, Thomas C. Yebernetsky; Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
March 18, 2014, previously published on March 14, 2014Further to our February 3, 2014 post, on March 6, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued the public version of the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-872).
|CPSC's Proposed Interpretive Rule Would Make Significant Changes to Voluntary Recalls|
Kara T. Stubbs; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding Voluntary Recall Notices and Corrective Action Plans. The Commission’s stated objective is to better inform consumers, create greater clarity...
|Toy Companies Sued for Importing Defective Products|
Matthew Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in federal court against four California companies and six individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”) and the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”). The...
|California Reenters the GMO Food Labeling Arena; This Time Through the Legislature|
Daniel J. Herling; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 4, 2014Not to be left behind and not dependent on any other state action (Connecticut and Maine notwithstanding), a bill has been introduced (SB 1381) on February 21, 2014 that requires any food, with certain exceptions (more on that later), offered for retail sale in California to be labeled...
|CPSC is Now Publicly Posting “Letters of Advice” to its Website|
Matthew R. Howsare; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 13, 2014In his keynote address at the annual conference of the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO), Acting Chairman Adler announced that the agency had recently started posting what it calls “letters of advice” (commonly referred to as LOAs) to its website....
|Thousands of Kenmore Heaters Recalled|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014A recall has been issued for around 42,000 Kenmore oscillating fan heaters sold at Kmart and Sears. According to consumer reports, broken motor mounts can cause the units to overheat, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumer. Sears and Kmart have received seven...