Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Changes to the Rules Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939?

You now have a few more days to send in your comments! New Deadline – 12/3/13   

 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on September 20, 2013 seeking comments on its proposed amendments to the rules and regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939.  Comments were originally due on November 25, 2013.
Interestingly, an extended deadline of December 3, 2013 to submit comments has occurred due to a request from the Embassy of Australia to the FTC.
On November 20, 2013, the Embassy of Australia contacted the Commission on behalf of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (“FAWO”) to seek an eight (8) day extension since it was participating in a meeting of the International Wool Textile Organisation (“IWTO”) in Guangzhou, China, on November 25-26, 2013, to discuss the FTC's proposed amendments.

FAWO contended that the FTC’s record would benefit from comments collected at the meeting given the role of the IWTO in representing wool industry stakeholders at an international level.

The FTC likewise believes that the FAWO’s input would likely assist the Commission in evaluating the proposed amendments to the Wool Rules.

Since the requested short extension of the comment period would not substantially delay the rulemaking process and the FTC believed that extending the comment period to facilitate a more complete record outweighed any harm that might result from an eight (8) day delay, it agreed to the extend the comment period until December 3, 2013.

For more information, you can contact Robert M. Frisby, Attorney, (202) 326-2098, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

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  1. Thank you for posting the reason for the Federal Trade Commission's decision to extend the deadline for comments on the Wool Rules. I was surprised when I saw the announcement as I thought I knew all the stakeholders who were likely to comment and wondered just who could have requested it. I guess the obvious thing for me to do would have been call someone at the FTC and find out, but sometimes we neglect the obvious.

    I drafted comments (which have been filed) for my client the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute. CCMI got the International Wool Textile Organisation and the National Council of Textile Organizations to sign on.