Retailers Settle with HSUS over Fur Label Violations

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humaneWashington–Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor recently settled a civil contempt suit brought by The Humane Society of the US (HSUS), claiming that the retailers had more than 40 fur advertising and labeling violations between December 2013 and November 2014.

According to HSUS research, the retailers were in violation of the Fur Products Labeling Act and 2009 court orders prohibiting false advertising of animal fur garments, citing that the retailers marketed real animal fur garments as “faux fur.” HSUS added that both Saks and Lord & Taylor incorrectly advertised fur from raccoon dogs as “raccoon” fur (the two animals are different) and that they failed to disclose “legally required information” for fur merchandise.

Saks and Lord & Taylor said that they will cease selling fur sourced from raccoon dogs as part of the settlement. The retailers will also pay $50,000′ worth of investigation costs and legal fees to HSUS, agreeing to pay additional damages should they breach the agreement in the future.

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