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CALIFORNIA SUIT HIGHLIGHTS RISKS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETING

In 2008, California amended its environmental marketing law to prohibit the sale of food or beverage containers within the state that are labeled with the terms “biodegradable,” “degradable,” or “decomposable.” Now, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed the state’s first court action under the law against three companies that allegedly made false and misleading claims by marketing plastic water or beverage bottles as 100 percent “biodegradable” and “recyclable.”

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