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US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 14, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in the lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule which reversed, in part, the prior...more

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules, But Strikes Down Requirement That Companies Label Their...

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“DC Circuit”) issued its long-awaited opinion relating to legal challenges to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict minerals disclosure...more

Appellate Court Issues Opinion on SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 15, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in the challenge to the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule. We have reviewed the D.C. Court of Appeals decision and find that it leaves much of the SEC’s...more

What’s Next for Conflict Minerals Rules After D.C. Circuit Decision?

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its long-anticipated ruling in the industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals...more

Conflict Minerals – Yet Another Update

If ever there was an SEC rule that refused to slip quietly into the books, it’s conflict minerals disclosure. With the May 31st Form SD filing deadline fast approaching, three things are happening: Companies are focusing for...more

D.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and...more

"SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional"

On April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements are unconstitutional and remanded the matter to...more

Appeals Court Opinion Changes Conflict Minerals Rules Compliance Landscape

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict...more

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued nine new responses to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of conflict mineral usage that is required by rules...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

Securities Update - March 2014

In December 2013, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued to Congress its “Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K” (the S-K Study) that originally...more

Closing the Conflict Minerals Loop–Ongoing Compliance

By now you’ve heard all you want to hear about complying with the new conflict minerals disclosure rules. You know that public companies that manufacture a product, or contract to manufacture a product, for which a conflict...more

Could “Free Speech” Issues Derail the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule?

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its conflict minerals disclosure rule in August 2012, a coalition of business interests filed suit to challenge the SEC’s rule as unduly burdensome. That...more

AICPA Describes Audit Procedures For Conflict Minerals Audit

The AICPA has issued additional guidance regarding the independent private-sector audit, or IPSA, which is required in some circumstances under the conflicts minerals rules. (Note that AICPA’s guidance is only applicable to...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

Considerations for 2014 Proxy Season and Beyond

Following are some topics that public companies may want to consider in preparation for the 2014 proxy season. Shareholder Proposals - The 2013 proxy season reflected a continued increase in the number of...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosures are Due in May – Will You be Ready?

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules for all public companies and foreign private issuers that use conflict minerals. The conflict minerals rules require...more

D.C. Circuit to Decide Validity of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, But Companies Should Consider Preliminary Steps to Comply

Industry groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reverse a July 23 district court decision (28 CCW 233, 7/31/13) and invalidate a rule issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative)

As forecast, there is no shortage of law firm memos describing Regulation D changes, including the final rules eliminating the general solicitation ban (here) and prohibiting "bad actor" participation (here) and the proposed...more

US District Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the conflict minerals rules (the “Rules”) that require public companies to disclose whether “conflict minerals” are necessary to the functionality or...more

U.S. District Court Upholds the Conflict Minerals Rule

On July 23, the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to the conflict minerals rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2012 and published in September 2012. Plaintiffs...more

US District Court Vacates SEC Resource Extraction Payment Disclosure Rules

On July 2, 2013 the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion for summary judgment vacating the rules adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) requiring resource extraction...more

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published limited guidance on frequently asked questions relating to the SEC’s new Conflict Mineral Rules, which require U.S. issuers that manufacture or contract to...more

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