A federal appeals court is weighing a new rule that would require cotton wool clothing to be treated as a textile for textile purposes.
The rule would require manufacturers to label the cotton wool in the lining and garment and remove the wool from the garment by using the cotton as a yarn.
The textile industry has opposed the requirement because it has argued it would cost too much.
The court is hearing arguments in two cases on Thursday and Friday, with arguments expected to last two weeks.
The American Apparel Association has said it will argue that the rule is necessary to protect consumers.
The clothing industry has argued that it is not an economic threat and is a way to lower prices for consumers.
In the second case, the textile industry is asking the court to delay the rule’s effective date.
The company said the rule could have a material adverse effect on American workers.
U.S. District Judge Steven Colloton, a Republican who presides over the Western District of Pennsylvania, wrote the appeals court in a ruling last week that he could not rule on whether the cotton-wool rules would be a “direct or indirect economic burden” on textile producers.
“In sum, this Court cannot consider the argument that the Act imposes a direct or indirect tax on cotton wool,” Colloton wrote.
“That is a matter for Congress and the President.”
The textile industry and others have argued that the cotton rules would cost manufacturers billions of dollars in lost revenue.
They say the rule would create unnecessary regulations that are difficult to implement and that the rules will cause job losses.
Many of the arguments in the cotton cases are coming from the apparel industry, where the industry says the textile rule will cost it $2 billion in lost business.
The industry says it is losing thousands of jobs as a result of the rule.
The apparel industry has also argued that cotton wool is less expensive to make than other textile materials and is less susceptible to breakage.