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Conflict Minerals Legislation Coming to the EU

According to this Reuters article and a blog by Elm Sustainability Partners LLC, an informal deal for EU conflict minerals legislation has been reached. The final text will be voted on by the member states on December 7,...more

11/28/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Counsel Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence EU Foreign Policy Mineral Extraction Minerals Pending Legislation Reporting Requirements Resource Extraction Transparency Directive

Trump and the Repeal of Dodd-Frank

Observers widely believe President-Elect Trump will attempt to dismantle much of the Dodd-Frank Act. While to many it is an interesting idea, it may not have the consequences many believe. Take, for instance, the...more

11/11/2016 - Clawbacks Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Donald Trump Executive Compensation ISS Presidential Elections Presidential Nominations Rule 14a-8 Say-on-Pay SEC Supply Chain Universal Proxy Cards

GAO Says Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups

GAO noted in a recent report that as a result of country-of-origin inquiries, an estimated 19 percent more companies that filed Form SD with the SEC reported that they knew or had reason to believe they knew the source of the...more

8/29/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo Due Diligence Form SD GAO SEC

AG Explains Why the Conflict Minerals Decision Was Not Appealed to the Supreme Court

Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney General, explained in a letter to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, why the United States did not submit a writ of certiorari with respect to the conflict minerals decision: - The...more

4/11/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements First Amendment Petition for Writ of Certiorari SEC

Apple’s Conflict Minerals Smelters Nearly 100% Audited

Apple has filed its Form SD for the year ended December 31, 2015. It includes this disclosure: The combination of training, public reporting and a ticking clock drove the number from 82 smelters and refiners...more

4/1/2016 - Apple Audits Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Form SD Manufacturers Resource Extraction SEC Supply Chain Technology Sector

En Banc Rehearing of Conflict Minerals Case Denied

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the petitions of the SEC and Amnesty International for an en banc rehearing of the decision in the conflict minerals case. ...more

11/10/2015 - Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank En Banc Review SEC

Conflicts Minerals Quagmire to Continue as En Banc Rehearing Requested

Both the SEC, the loser in the most recent conflict minerals rehearing decision, and Amnesty International, an intervenor on the losing rehearing side, have asked for an en banc rehearing on the recent rehearing of the...more

10/5/2015 - Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules En Banc Review First Amendment SEC

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

9/18/2015 - Clawbacks Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Equity Plans Hedging ISS Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Proxy Access Rule Proxy Season Publicly-Traded Companies Resource Extraction Say-on-Pay SEC Shareholder Proposals Shareholders Whole Foods

Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional After Rehearing

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision on the conflict minerals rule after a rehearing. In National Association of Manufacturers, et al, v. SEC, the Court adhered to its original...more

8/19/2015 - Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment NAM SEC

Is the Conflict Minerals Law Helping?

Those toiling away for the second required conflict minerals filings are sure to wonder whether the law is having any positive impact. Politico has an interesting article about a trip to the DRC in an attempt to answer that...more

5/18/2015 - Conflict Mineral Rules Reporting Requirements

NAM Files Supplemental Brief in Conflict Minerals Rehearing

The National Association of Manufactures, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and the Business Roundtable have filed their supplemental brief in the conflict minerals rehearing. NAM et al ask the court to...more

12/30/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Evidentiary Hearings NAM SEC

SEC Files Brief in Conflict Minerals Rehearing

The SEC has filed its brief in the conflict minerals rehearing. Amnesty International also filed its brief as intervenor and Free Speech for People filed an amicus brief....more

12/9/2014 - American Meat Institute Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment Form SD SEC

Panel to Rehear Conflict Minerals Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted the petition for a panel rehearing (as opposed to an en banc rehearing) in the conflict minerals case. The court asked the parties to file briefs...more

11/19/2014 - American Meat Institute Amnesty International Appeals Conflict Mineral Rules Department of Agriculture Disclosure Requirements First Amendment SEC Statement of Facts

Tulane Releases Study on First-Year Conflict Minerals Filings

The Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University Law School released a study analyzing the results of a June 2014 survey of issuers who filed the required Form SD. The study investigates the market impact...more

10/8/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Form SD Public Disclosure Surveys

NAM Says No Need for En Banc Rehearing in Conflict Minerals Case

Earlier, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the appellants in the conflict minerals case, NAM et al, to file a response to the SEC’s and Amnesty International’s petition for an en...more

9/15/2014 - Amnesty International Appeals Conflict Mineral Rules En Banc Review Manufacturers NAM SEC

Good News and Bad News: Commerce Department Publishes List of Conflict Minerals Processing Facilities

The good news is the Commerce Department published a list of ”all known conflict mineral processing facilities worldwide” as required by section 1502(d)(3)(C) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

9/8/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank SEC

Conflict Minerals: Court Orders NAM to File Response to En Banc Rehearing Petition

The SEC, the perceived loser in the conflicts minerals case at the time, filed a petition for an en banc rehearing on May 29, 2014. NAM, the perceived winner at the time, stayed silent. After these many months, with public...more

8/29/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules NAM SEC

Amnesty International Continues to Push for En Banc Rehearing in Conflict Minerals Case

Amnesty International has filed a supplemental brief which continues to advocate for a rehearing en banc in the conflict minerals case. The argument is this: American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture...more

8/20/2014 - American Meat Institute Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules Department of Agriculture Disclosure Requirements En Banc Review

New Decision Bodes Well for SEC in Conflict Minerals Case

In April 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held the SEC’s conflict minerals rule and statute embodied in Dodd-Frank violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require...more

7/30/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions First Amendment SEC

GAO Says Commerce Department Has Not Complied With Conflict Minerals Obligations

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has issued a report noting the SEC issued a rule in 2012 requiring certain companies to disclose the source and chain of custody of necessary conflict minerals in their products....more

7/7/2014 - Compliance Conflict Mineral Rules GAO SEC U.S. Commerce Department

SEC Commissioner Wants Dodd-Frank Wrapped Up

SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein recently gave remarks on the status of required Dodd-Frank rulemakings. The pay ratio, claw back, conflict minerals and resources extraction rules didn’t really seem all that important to her...more

6/16/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Process SEC SEC Commissioner

Report Indicates Armed Groups Cede Control of Conflict Minerals Mines in Congo

A report issued by the organization Enough Project indicates market changes spurred by the Dodd-Frank Act’s provisions on conflict minerals have helped to significantly reduce the involvement of armed groups in eastern...more

6/13/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Mining SEC

SEC Seeks Rehearing of Conflicts Minerals Decision

The SEC has filed documentation with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals seeking an en banc rehearing of the conflict minerals decision. The original decision found that one piece of the disclosure required by the...more

6/2/2014 - American Meat Institute Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Disclosure Requirements En Banc Review SEC USDA

Intel Files Conflict Minerals Report

The holy grail (at least so far) of conflict minerals precedents was filed with the SEC albeit perhaps too late for many issuers to wholesale change course. But still excellent for a final form check. ...more

5/23/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Intel NAM Reporting Requirements SEC

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