Laws and Regulations

Philadelphia Man Charged with Failing to Deliver on PPE Order Worth $7M
January 27, 2021 at 1:53 pm

Another person is being charged with fraud after failing to deliver on a PPE order. This time, it’s a man in Philadelphia, who is accused of scamming more than $700,000 from two New York companies. The defendant, Guaravjit Singh, reportedly led on that his business, Mask Medical LLC, had connections to a Chinese medical gown…

Shipping Delays Feared as California's Two Largest Ports Face COVID Outbreaks
January 25, 2021 at 11:54 am

The Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 700 dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds more have had to take virus-related leave, creating the potential for a debilitating slowdown. As of Jan. 20, a total of 45 ships were waiting to unload—the largest bottleneck in six years...

How One City Is Using Branded Trash Bags to Limit Waste
January 21, 2021 at 10:25 am

The city of Columbia, Mo., has passed legislation that only trash bags with official city branding on them will be accepted by sanitation workers in an effort to minimize excess waste and improve safety conditions for workers. Columbia had previously issued bags with the city’s logo on them. But, starting Feb. 1, the logoed bags will be the only ones sanitation workers accept...

Despite Crackdown, Some Capitol Riot Merchandise Slips Through E-Commerce Cracks
January 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

It's taken e-commerce sites some time to get a handle on all of the problematic merchandise, but they're getting there. And there are lessons to be learned. The first is that automation might not be as reliable as some of these sites might have believed, requiring tweaks to the processes that filter out blocked items...

Staples Is Trying to Buy Office Depot Again (and Thanks to Amazon, It Might Work)
January 15, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Five years after the Federal Trade Commission put a stop to it, Staples Inc. is once again trying to buy its old competitor, Office Depot. Staples has reportedly put up an offer of $2.1 billion for Office Depot’s parent company, ODB Corp. Part of the plan involves working directly with the ODP board to tailor a merger plan that fits within FTC confines...

Amazon Removes All QAnon Merchandise From Marketplace
January 13, 2021 at 2:07 pm

On Monday, Amazon announced that third-party listings for QAnon merchandise would no longer be allowed on its platform, citing its terms of service, which prohibit selling products that “promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence toward any person or group"...

Government Drops $15K Fee for Distilleries Producing Hand Sanitizer
January 11, 2021 at 1:14 pm

In the spring, when PPE products like hand sanitizer were in low supply from traditional manufacturers, alcohol distilleries stepped in and used their own facilities to help boost supply. Now, almost a year after the initial shutdowns in the U.S., those distilleries that answered the call were hit with an unexpected charge...

Printify Drops Kyle Rittenhouse Merchandise Created by Family
January 5, 2021 at 11:27 am

In December, Printify, the on-demand custom merchandise platform, was selling “Free Kyle” merchandise created by the family of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with shooting and killing two people and injuring one during the August protests in Kenosha, Wis. Last week, Printify issued a statement that it will no longer sell the merchandise, claiming that it violates company policy...