Laws + Regulations

PPAI Responds to Senator's SWAG Bill
November 5, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Following the news of Iowa Senator Jodi Ernst's SWAG Act, a proposed bill that would prohibit government entities from using taxpayer dollars for advertising (including buying promotional products), PPAI sent out a statement to the industry...

Reflecting on the Busy Weekend in the Trade War
August 27, 2019 at 7:17 pm

It was a volatile weekend for the U.S. and China's economic relationship. On Friday, following China's announcement that it will retaliate with tariffs on about $75 billion in U.S. goods, President Trump said that the U.S. would impose an additional 5 percent on Chinese imports...

U.S. Will Place Additional 10% Tariff on $300B in Chinese Imports Starting September
August 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

It's been a few weeks without news regarding the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China. In a series of tweets yesterday, however, President Donald Trump reported that U.S. trade representatives returned from China talks with disappointing results, and that he would add a "small additional tariff of 10 percent" on $300 billion in Chinese imports, effective Sept. 1...

QCA Launches Certification Program For Distributors And Decorators
July 30, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its services for distributors and apparel decorators by introducing a certification program. This builds upon the existing Advocacy Council, and allows distributors and decorators to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing...

Promo Company President Sentenced for Price Fixing Scheme
July 2, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Gennex Media LLC (aka Brandnex.com and PMGOA) pleaded guilty to price fixing in the promotional products industry. The company's president, Akil Kurji, was sentenced to eight months in custody, a $20,000 fine and three years of supervised...

Trump Threatens to Increase China Tariffs to 25%, Add $325B More to List
May 7, 2019 at 1:46 am

President Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imports, effective Friday. The tariff rate was originally 10 percent, but during trade talks at the end of 2018, Trump promised that the number could increase if the sides couldn't reach a deal by March 1. That deadline was extended once, but with the sides still unable to come to terms, it appears the long-threatened 25 percent rate will now go into effect...

CafePress Acquisition Focus of Class Action Lawsuit
October 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Everything seemed to be relatively wrapped up for CafePress. After setting itself up to be acquired by Snapfish, it seemed like it was pretty much the point where the credits start rolling and we assume CafePress lives happily ever after in its new life. That's not the case just yet, though...