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• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Walmart has agreed to pay close to a million dollars to settle a lawsuit charging that it sold products labeled as “biodegradable” or “compostable," but were in fact plastic.

The story says that "the selling of items with disingenuous labeling is in violation of California law ... The judgment bans Walmart from selling plastic products labeled biodegradable or compostable, unless such claims are backed by scientific certification."

As part of the agreement, Walmart did not have to admit any guilt.
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