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California Issues Draft Three-Year Green Chemistry Priority Product Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) pursuant to the California Safer Consumer Product (SCP) regulations. The Work Plan...more

DTSC Releases Draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its much anticipated draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The Regulations require...more

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

New Jersey Federal Court Allows “Self-Help” Counterclaims Against Potential FCA Whistleblowers To Proceed

Last week, a New Jersey federal court allowed medical device maker Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. (“Boston Scientific”) to proceed with counterclaims against two of its former employees for violating their contracts...more

Medical Device Manufacturer Settles Trade Agreements Act Suit

A whistleblower alleged that the manufacturer knowingly violated the Trade Agreements Act’s country of origin requirement. Government contractors must agree that the products they sell to the U.S. government under...more

Disruption Protectors: Companies Can Take Three Steps to Minimize the Costs of a Supply Chain Interruption

Supply chains have grown increasingly complex. Each link in the chain presents the potential for a problem, and any disruption may cause costly consequences throughout the supply chain. Adopting a proactive solution now might...more

Why Manufacturers Should Look At The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Website

As readers of this blog know, Pam looks at OSHA’s website often to stay up to date on news that impacts manufacturers. I tend to look at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s website to see if there are any recent orders or...more

Customer Collaboration and Predictive Analytics Can Lead to Successful Product Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing companies increasingly implement “Intellectual Property Plus,” an expanded view of IP assets and risks. Through this lens, companies incorporate customer expectations and preferences in new product...more

FDA Takes a Bold Step Toward Laboratory Developed Test Regulation: How Labs and IVD Manufacturers Should Prepare for the Future

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") announced plans to regulate laboratory developed tests ("LDTs"). In this Client Alert, we explore FDA's proposed regulatory framework for LDTs and discuss some...more

Publish The List — Hold The Irony

As required by section 1502(d)(3)(C) of Dodd-Frank, the U.S. Commerce Department has compiled and posted (albeit more than a year late) a list of ”all known conflict mineral processing facilities worldwide.” Without the...more

Domestic OCTG Industry Largely Prevails In Trade Cases, But Some Foreign Producers Avoid Duties

The domestic industry largely prevailed in trade cases against unfair imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) when the International Trade Commission (Commission) voted on its final determinations on August 22. The...more

The Long Haul To Sustainability

Those markets include China, where Airbus has an A320 final assembly line at Tianjin, countries across South-East Asia, Japan and Australia. For Airbus, forming close collaboration with players in the Asia Pacific region is...more

Don’t Forget About Conflict Minerals

The first wave of Form SD filings has come and gone, leaving us with more insight into supply chains and manufacturing processes than most of us ever wanted, yet much uncertainty about the actual sources of the conflict...more

Offsite Fabrication at Permanent Facility Not Subject to Prevailing Wage Law

California's prevailing wage law generally requires that workers employed on public works projects be paid the local prevailing wage for work of a similar character. In Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies an Insurer’s Duty to Defend in Disparagement Cases

Advertising injury liability coverage offered under commercial general liability (“CGL”) policies is aimed at protecting companies against claims, often brought by competitors, alleging harm by purportedly derogatory...more

Combating Counterfeiting: How Owners Can Protect Their Brands

Counterfeiting is the practice of manufacturing and/or selling goods, usually of inferior quality, under a brand name without the brand owner’s permission. The damage from counterfeiting is extensive and far-reaching and...more

A Hundred Years Of Making Furniture In Southern Virginia. And Then Came China

Beth Macy's Factory Man (Little, Brown, 2014) is a great recounting of an untold piece of American business and manufacturing history. It begins in 1902, when John D. Bassett (called "Mr. J.D.") started Bassett Furniture in...more

Assignor Estoppel and Motion to Amend Claims Both Tough Sells in Inter Partes Review

Athena Automation Ltd. v. Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. - Addressing a patent owner’s request to dismiss an inter partes review (IPR) based on assignor estoppel and motion to amend the claims, the U. S. Patent...more

OSHA Announces Auto Industry Inspection Sweep

Alarmed by what it calls "higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses," the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - September 2014

"oIn This Issue: - A Hundred Years Of Making Furniture In Southern Virginia. And Then Came China. - Domestic OCTG Industry Largely Prevails In Trade Cases, But Some Foreign Producers Avoid Duties - News...more

4 Simple Tips for Better Supply Agreements

Supply agreements serve as the lifeblood of many manufacturing companies. These agreements outline the terms and conditions controlling the supply of goods and services between various parties. Without this framework, many...more

Investing in Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - August 2014

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - A report on the volume of private activity bond issuances in the United States generally and in...more

Hawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court

Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out...more

Lean Six Sigma: Are You and Your Vendors Sufficiently Focused on Process Improvement?

Every commercial enterprise employs processes in its day-to-day operations, from a manufacturer that produces widgets to a service provider who provides professional advice. Some of these processes may lead to Aristotle’s...more

Expansion of the Joint Employer Standard May Challenge Manufacturers

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a complaint against McDonald’s USA, LLC and is claiming that the franchisor may be jointly responsible for the potential labor violations of its franchise owners because...more

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