Laws and Regulations

Tokyo 2020 Official Accused of Accepting Bribe from Stuffed Toy Company for Licensed Products
October 18, 2022 at 11:00 am

A former Tokyo Olympics executive is being accused of accepting bribes from a company that sold officially licensed toys of the Tokyo 2020 mascots. https://twitter.com/pnagovph/status/1581828948601683968 According to the Japan Times, Haruyuki Takahashi allegedly received 8 million yen (about $53,700) from stuffed toy company Sun Arrow. This would be his fourth bribery case, having already been…

UK Government Fines Two Sports Retailers and Soccer Club for Apparel Price Fixing
September 28, 2022 at 10:12 am

The U.K. government has fined Scottish professional soccer team Rangers F.C., along with sporting goods company Elite Sports and retail brand JD Sports, for price fixing. According to a release from the U.K. government, the Competition and Markets Authority found that Elite Sports and JD Sports "broke competition law by fixing the retail prices of…

Railroad Workers Strike Tentative Deal, Avoiding Nationwide Strike
September 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

The Biden Administration announced this morning that rail workers' unions and railroads have struck a tentative deal after 20 hours of negotiations, thus avoiding a potential national rail strike that would have further hamstrung the supply chain.

More Fire Departments Report Fundraising T-shirt Scam Texts and Emails
August 18, 2022 at 11:41 am

Fire departments in North Carolina and New York are warning community members about T-shirt scams. The Rockingham Fire Department in Rockingham, North Carolina, said scammers are selling T-shirts or asking for donations to the department via text message, according to the Richmond Observer. "If you get any kind of information in a text or email…

FTC Fines Apparel Brand $211K for False 'Made in USA' Labels
August 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

The FTC issued a fine against the apparel brand Lions Not Sheep for replacing its "Made in China" labels with "Made in USA" labels. The FTC has begun cracking down on these claims as it enforces a new rule that tightens Made in USA labeling requirements...

California's New Plastic Packaging Law Is the Strictest in the U.S.
July 15, 2022 at 8:00 am

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law in the state that all packaging must be recyclable or compostable by 2032 in an effort to cut plastic packaging by 25 percent. It also requires 65% of all single-use plastics be recycled in that same 10-year window. “Our kids deserve a future free of plastic waste…

Canada Introduces Sweeping New Single-Use Plastics Ban
June 27, 2022 at 1:07 pm

In an effort to curb plastic pollution, the Canadian government has prohibited the manufacture, import, sale and eventual export of six single-use plastic items: checkout bags, cutlery, food service products containing "problematic plastics," straws and more. The ban on importing will come into effect in December 2022, with the sale prohibition going into effect December 2023...

Ohio State University Trademarked 'THE' for Branded Merchandise
June 24, 2022 at 8:57 am

After being told in 2019 that, no, you can't trademark the world "The," THE Ohio State University has successfully secured the trademark for "THE" to use on branded merchandise. https://twitter.com/JoshGerben/status/1539610553412452355 If you watch NFL games where the starting lineup says their names and where they went to school, you've probably seen a few Ohio State…