Laws and Regulations

U.S. and China Agree to Phase One of Trade Deal, Avoiding Sunday's Planned Tariffs
December 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm

President Trump confirmed today that the U.S. and China have agreed on what they called "Phase One" of an international trade deal, thus suspending the tariffs aimed at $160 billion in Chinese imports set to take effect on Sunday. The agreement also involved cutting the tariffs on all consumer products (including sports equipment and apparel)…

Sunday's U.S.-China Tariff Deadline Could Go Either Way
December 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm

The Trump Administration could delay tariffs on more than $100 billion of Chinese goods set to take effect this weekend. The New York Times reported that U.S. officials have hinted at avoiding the additional tariffs, which would be placed on virtually every product imported from China, but sources said that the president "could go either way" when he meets with his advisors this week...

Blink Marketing Begins QCA Distributor Certification Program
December 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm

In order to continue meeting buyer demands for brand safety and responsible sourcing, Franklin, Tennessee-based Blink Marketing has applied to participate in the QCA Distributor Certification Program developed by Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Built in response to demand from the Advocacy Council, the Distributor Certification Program is designed specifically for the needs of distributors and decorators, allowing…

New Jersey Considers Nation’s Strictest Ban on Single-Use Plastics, Other Materials
December 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Through a bill in the very early stages of consideration, New Jersey would enact the nation’s strictest ban on single-use plastics. Sources on the proposal note that plastic bags, along with paper bags and Styrofoam, would mostly become relics of commerce in the state, and would align New Jersey with eight other states that hold bans on plastic bags...

Artists Commit Intentional Copyright Infringement to Draw Attention to T-shirt Websites Selling Stolen Designs
December 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Twitter user Nirbion dashed off a Mickey Mouse drawing that had the character stating that he smells “like rotten eggs” and divulging a plea for someone to add it to a shirt or mug. Hoping to ensnare an offending website in a situation that could yield a lawsuit, he indeed found a taker when bots picked up the design and automatically published it to a custom shirt site...

Marc Jacobs Is Really Committing to This Nirvana T-shirt Design Lawsuit Defense
December 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

After Marc Jacobs was accused of stealing the Nirvana smiley face design, the designer doubled down on his denial by claiming that he also invented grunge fashion. Sure. Jacobs is going even further now by countersuing Nirvana, claiming that the band's complaint is "invalid and unenforceable"...

Next Level Apparel Becomes Approved Member of Fair Labor Association
November 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm

In October 2019, Next Level Apparel, Gardena, Calif., was officially voted in by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in Washington D.C. as an approved member, an achievement Next Level has had its sights set on since 2015. It's a badge that sets the brand apart and recognizes the commitment and diligence...

Outdoor Brand Sues Supreme Over Camouflage Pattern on Clothing
November 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Outdoor apparel company ASAT Outdoors is suing streetwear brand Supreme, claiming its camouflage designs violate a copyright. There's a joke here about the judge not being able to see the pattern because it blends into the surroundings, but it really is an interesting case. We've looked into a few similar cases of whether or not…