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Federal Trade Commission’s Made in the USA Rules

The FTC Can’t Take a Joke

The Federal Trade Commission's Made in the USA Rules   A notice appeared in the May 19th Federal Register detailing a consent agreement reached with a company called Lions Not Sheep over what the Federal Trade Commission alleged were false and misleading statements regarding the origin of their products.     In the following transcript, GeorgeRead More »The FTC Can’t Take a Joke

Federal Circuit Defines Country of Origin Requirement for Federal Procurement

Just when I thought I was running out of blog topics, along comes the Federal Circuit to stir the pot for country of origin determinations under the Federal Acquisition Regulation. In Acetris Health, LLC v. United States, the appellate court clarified the circumstances under which an article qualifies as a “U.S.-made end product” qualified for purchaseRead More »Federal Circuit Defines Country of Origin Requirement for Federal Procurement

Is Your Company Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)?

The primary purpose of free trade agreements (FTAs) is to lower or remove tariff barriers that hamper the active trade of goods and services between countries and to protect intellectual property rights. The U.S. alone has more than 12 FTAs, and there are more than 400 regional trade agreements worldwide; even so, it appears that many companies fail to leverage this opportunity to open up foreign markets to their products. Based onRead More »Is Your Company Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)?

Will beef ever be COOL again?

Why does the ‘Product of the USA’ label mean so much to cattle ranchers? A group of American small-business cattle ranchers called the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) is lobbying its tail off to change America’s beef-labeling laws. Labeling laws have caused small ranchers to lock horns with major meatpackers for years, and now R-CALF hopes toRead More »Will beef ever be COOL again?