Ethics chief tells Wilbur Ross that "failure to divest created the potential for a serious criminal violation on your part and undermined public confidence."
Commerce Dept. said Ross "determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts."
"Avoid the pitfalls of outdated masculine business models."
Ross: "We must work together to drive U.S. exports and jobs."
“There is no good reason for a multi-national corporation to be subsidized at such great expense of everyone else in the state," says analyst.
Ruling remains “a major threat to the life of the franchise industry and to the dreams of business ownership for millions of Americans.”
Humane Society says state "doesn’t have to accept the worst practices that some states offer up."