Lumber Companies Fight Back In Green Timber Spat

Law360, New York (October 26, 2009, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A coalition of forest product companies is asking the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether the green timber standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council, the guidelines favored by many environmentalists, are misleading, deceptive and anti-competitive.

The complaint, submitted to the FTC on Oct. 20, comes in response to another complaint filed by environmental group ForestEthics that asks the FTC to also investigate whether green standards set by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a nonprofit set up by the timber industry, are deceptive and misleading.

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