Conflict Mineral Rules

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Rooting Out Conflict Minerals

If your company manufactures consumer electronics, avionics, or any product incorporating even trace amounts of gold, coltan, cassiterite, or wolframite— including their derivatives, tantalum, tin, and tungsten—you may need...more

Conflict Minerals: SEC Position on Non-Metallic Forms of Tin

Shortly before the filing deadline for the first conflict minerals filings on Form SD, it became known that the SEC believed non-metallic forms of tin are not conflict minerals because non-metallic forms of tin are...more

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

Tackling Standard Of Review For Compelled Corporate Speech

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is hoping for another bite at the apple in the legal controversy surrounding its conflict minerals rule (“CM rule”). At the same time, an unrelated case raising nearly identical...more

Corporate Communicator - Summer 2014

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) added Section 13(p) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), mandating that the SEC adopt regulations relating...more

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

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

SEC Petitions for Rehearing of First Amendment Issues in Conflict Minerals Case

On May 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a rehearing of the First Amendment issues in the conflict minerals case. The SEC, however,...more

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

SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting Update

The first reports on Securities and Exchange Commission Form SD, regarding the presence of so-called "conflict minerals" in products manufactured or contracted for manufacture by SEC reporting companies, are due June 2, 2014....more

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

Conflict Minerals Update: Court Denies NAM's Motion to Enjoin Enforcement, SEC’s June 2 Deadline Remains In Effect

On May 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a per curium order denying the motion filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) to stay the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule....more

Whose Role is it Anyway? Unanswered Questions About Social, Political, or Environmental Corporate Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit attracted plenty of attention by ruling that one of the SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rules – promulgated pursuant to a specific Congressional mandate in the Dodd-Frank Act – violated the First Amendment....more

D.C. Circuit Refuses to Stay SEC's Conflict Mineral Deadline: Deadline to File Still Set for June 2

On May 14, 2014, the D.C. Court of Appeals rejected an emergency motion by business groups to delay the June 2, 2014 due date for companies to file disclosures about their use of certain minerals tied to armed factions in...more

Courtroom Battle Over Conflict Minerals Rules is Over, June 2nd Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

On May 14, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the emergency motion filed by the National Association of Manufacturers to stay the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rules. The first...more

Deadline Looms For Conflict Mineral Disclosure Requirements: Update For Suppliers Of Reporting Companies

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") addressed concerns that proceeds from the trade and exploitation of certain minerals originating in several central African...more

Court Strikes Portions of Conflict Minerals Rule, But June 2 Filing Deadline Stands

A federal appeals court this week denied an emergency request by business groups to delay the June 2 deadline requiring companies to file a conflict-minerals disclosure report (Form SD) if their products contain minerals from...more

Updated: No Stay of SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules

Court denies emergency motion for a stay. By order issued on May 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the appellants’ emergency motion for a stay of the Securities and Exchange...more

NAM’s Next Move In Conflict Minerals Case

Now that NAM et al’s emergency stay motion in the conflicts minerals case has been denied, the question is what happens next. Clues can be found in the briefing for the unsuccessful emergency stay motion....more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 10 • May 2014 (Global)

News from the Americas - High-speed trading. Bloomberg discussed US Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on high-speed trading. Former CFTC economist Andrei Kirilenko said that new books and records requirements and...more

NAM Motion For Emergency Stay Denied In Conflict Minerals Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued a per curiam order denying NAM’s motion for an emergency stay of the conflict minerals rules. Looked like kind of a moonshot anyway. The order is...more

Ten Tips to Develop a Practical Conflict Minerals Approach for 2014

As you sit at your desk waiting for any guidance regarding what your Conflict Minerals Report should look like, you may allow yourself to think about June 3, 2014, the day after companies are required to file their Form SD...more

NAM Replies To SEC In Conflict Minerals Emergency Stay

NAM et al have filed their reply brief in the conflict minerals emergency stay hearing. Highlights, many of which are not new points, are...more

SEC Staff Guidance: Companies Must File Conflict Minerals Disclosure With Modifications

In response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s recent opinion upholding the conflict minerals statute and rule, but finding First Amendment violations, the Director of the SEC’s Division of...more

Possible Future Stay of SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules

Stay of conflict minerals disclosure may be decided by May 26, 2014. On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the briefing schedule that was requested by the National Association...more

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