Law:


  Activities in the News: ICC Fire Code Officials Reject New Rules for Exterior Pallet Storage - The proposed rules would have presented formidable problems for many pallet recyclers across the country.  (11/1/2013)

  NWPCA and iGPS Settle Lawsuits - Activities in the News  (1/1/2012)

  Case Closed: IFCO Senior Managers Plead Guilty to Employing Illegals, Violating Workplace Laws - Five IFCO seniors managers plead guilty to charges involving the hiring and employing of illegal aliens. Cases brought by 2006 raids are finally brought to a close.  (10/1/2011)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Have the Terrorists Won Already? - Publisher, Chaille Brindley, provides an update on the notorious pallet scammer who has defrauded companies across the country and is now using U.S. Foodservice as a fake front to obtain pallet loads and trucking services.   (3/1/2011)

  Oregon Ban Prohibits Plastic Pallets Containing DecaBDE - Oregon decaBDE ban raises concerns for iGPS plastic pallets.   (3/1/2011)

  Pallet Design Software Dispute Resolved, Best Load Developers and NWPCA Reach Fair Settlement - Settlement brings pallet design software dispute between the pallet association and unit load guru Dr. Mark White to a close.  (11/1/2010)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Can’t We All Just Get Along? - Publisher Chaille Brindley comments on the industry lawsuits between the NWPCA and developers of the new Best Load software, calls for reconciliation to bring industry together.   (9/1/2010)

  Software Lawsuits Mark Industry Showdown - Major legal showdown between the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association and developers behind the new Best Load software raise questions about the future of packaging design as well as PDS ownership.   (9/1/2010)

  Pallet Wars Round II: State and Federal Pallet Bans Point to Increased Government Scrutiny - Overview of state and federal bans indicate increased scrutiny by government regulators.   (6/1/2010)

  Former IFCO Managers Plead Guilty to Illegal Alien Conspiracy - Two former IFCO managers plead guilty to illegal alien conspiracy; others set to go to trial in late April.   (4/1/2010)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Conflicting Feelings in New Pallet Industry Lawsuit - NWPCA sues Dr. Mark White over Best Load software, claims copyright infringement of PDS.   (3/1/2010)

  CHEP Wins Key Motion in Antitrust Case, Outcome in Limbo - CHEP antitrust lawsuit, Jim Taylor, Best Pallet, proprietary pallet, recycler lawsuit, class action, stray pallets, blue pallets, Robert Dawson, asset recovery plan  (10/1/2009)

  Pallet Scammer Identified: Clearing Up a Case of Mistaken Identity - Scammer Caught: Police charge Tennessee man with scamming companies out of pallets and transportation services; authorities seek information from victims to build case against suspect.  (10/1/2008)

  Navigating Various State Immigration Laws - Immigration Tangle: State and local governments are spawning a patch work of laws and local ordinances to deal with illegal immigrants; they create a dilemma for businesses, especially those with operations in multiple jurisdictions.   (9/1/2008)

  Landmark CHEP Antitrust Case Takes Big Step Forward - CHEP Lawsuit: Antitrust lawsuit brought by recyclers against CHEP advances as a federal judge denies CHEP’s motion to dismiss the case; next the court will decide if the dispute should be designated a class action lawsuit.  (9/1/2008)

  Don’t Be a Victim of Good Intentions: Overtime Rules Complicate Workplaces, Ignorance Could Prove Costly - Wage & Overtime Law Pitfalls: If you think that you are safe because your workers are paid based on piece-rate or are indendent contractors, think again; check your policies against these ideas to determine compliance.  (6/1/2008)

  IFCO Senior Managers Indicted For Immigrant Worker Conspiracy - IFCO Indictments: Two senior company managers were indicted as the probe into IFCO’s hiring of illegal aliens continues. Learn what makes this much more than just a simple case of hiring workers with fraudulent IDs.   (4/1/2008)

  California Issues Fines Against Underground Pallet Companies - Underground Economy: California officials crack down on pallet companies that operate under the radar to avoid taxes and workplace laws. Q&A interview with California’s top labor enforcement official.  (4/1/2008)

  Recyclers Strike Back: Coalition Files Anti-trust, Class Action Lawsuit against CHEP - CHEP Lawsuit: Group of pallet recyclers files a class action lawsuit in federal court against Brambles Industries, parent company of CHEP; lawsuit alleges violations of antitrust laws.  (3/1/2008)

  Immigration Law Maze: Courts Block No-Match Letter Initiative - Immigration Update: Federal court stops the Department of Homeland Security in its tracks. New no-match rules are suspended until court case in 2008 decides the fate of stricter requirements. Find out how this impacts your personnel practices.  (12/1/2007)

  DHS Issues New Immigration & Workplace Authorization Policies: Find out how these changes may impact your business and what you can do to comply. - DHS Issues New Immigration & Workplace Authorization Policies: The Bush administration recently outlined new policies for employers that receive no-match letters from the Social Security Administration and work authorization requirements for federal government contractors; find out how these changes may impact your business and what you can do to comply.  (9/1/2007)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: DHS to Get Tough on Employers; Is the Solution Worse than the Problem? - Starting in September, employers who receive a “no-match” letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about an employee will have an established procedure to follow.  (9/1/2007)

  Supreme Court Clears Weyerhaeuser, Overturns Alder Anti-Trust Verdict - Alder Dispute: U.S. Supreme Court vacates a lower court ruling that found Weyerhaeuser Co. liable for forcing a competitor out of the alder lumber market in the Pacific Northwest.  (5/1/2007)

  ICE Raids Impact IFCO Financials:IFCO Managers Plead Guilty To Immigration Violations - IFCO ICE Raid Developments: Managers from several IFCO facilities pleaded guilty to federal charges involving the hiring of illegal aliens and setting up elaborate systems to do so. This article covers the implications of these cases and their economic impact on the nation’s largest pallet recycler.   (4/1/2007)

  Pallet Scam: Has a Bogus Buyer Come to a Market Near You? - With a very competitive core market, it can be easy to get scammed if you don’t do your homework on new contacts and clients. Several pallet recyclers and trucking firms in the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast are finding this out the hard way.   (9/1/2006)

  Buckeye Settles CHEP Case: Mock Loses Appeal; Ruling Provides Hope to Industry - CHEP and Buckeye Diamond Logistics settle dispute out of court; CHEP scores a win in appeal of another case involving Mock Pallet Co. although ruling could have silver lining for the industry.  (8/1/2005)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Just One More Little Thing... - Buckeye Diamond Logistics has settled its case with CHEP USA; and the federal appeals court has overturned the monetary award and ruling in the Mock Pallet Co. case.  (8/1/2005)

  Letter to the Editor - Pat Hanley of North Central Pallets speaks out on how unfair preferential treatment in bankruptcy can be to small business people. Pallet people are a target of this practice.  (6/1/2005)

  Stick ’Em Up! Give Me All of Your Pallets! - Pallet Theft Becomes a Serious Problem for Recyclers in Some Markets   (3/1/2005)

  CHEP Loses First Major Jury Trial - Highlights from 2004 Articles   (1/3/2005)

  Stupid Bankruptcy Laws Create Legal License to Steal - Thinking Ahead -- Letter from Chaille  (8/1/2004)

  Buckeye Case Delayed - CHEP Asks for Damages of $159,857  (4/5/2004)

  Hunting for Answers - Letter from Chaille  (12/1/2003)

  Buckeye Case - Round One Goes to CHEP  (10/1/2003)

  Buckeye Recyclers Takes On CHEP - Ohio recycler sues CHEP over pallet ownership, other issues  (10/1/2001)

  NWPCA Urging World Import Standard - Import Standards: Plant health regulators are on a mission to develop phytosanitary rules to prevent insects from being transported internationally in wooden packaging.  (12/1/2000)

  Quality Control One Safeguard Against Growing Litigation - Lawsuits on Rise: Lawsuits involving pallet failure have dramatically increased over the last decade, but pallet manufacturers can take certain steps to control their legal risk.  (4/1/1999)