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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

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

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

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

Conflict Minerals Filing Tips – Deadline Approaching

What you need to know: Public companies are required to submit their conflict minerals filings by June 2nd. SEC guidance issued after a recent federal appeals court decision has effectively eliminated the...more

NAM Throws A Hail Mary In Conflicts Minerals Case

When Commissioners Daniel M. Gallagher and Michael S. Piwowar released this Joint Statement on the Conflict Minerals Decision on April 28, 2014, I wondered where it would go. ...more

SEC Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 30, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued a statement on Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the conflict minerals...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Holds That Portion of Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the pending court challenge to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was promulgated in 2012 by the Securities and...more

Federal Appellate Court Holds Portions of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Violate First Amendment

Last week, in the case of National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the SEC's conflict minerals rule adopted pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

SEC Deadline for Conflict Minerals Rule Fast Approaching

Companies have until May 31, 2014 to comply with the conflict-minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank law (Section 1502). Enacted in response to U.S. concern about funding violent activities in the Democratic Republic of the...more

Update: Legal Challenge To The SEC’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Regulations

In the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, the United States Congress required, inter alia, the SEC to promulgate a rule requiring certain manufacturers to trace the sources of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold that are contained in products...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

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 8 • April 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - According to various media sources summarizing the findings of a recently published “Progress Report,” as of April 1, 2014, of the 398 total rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

Court Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule Because It Crosses First Amendment Line

In the end, it’s pretty simple. The court held the conflicts minerals rule and statute embodied in Dodd-Frank violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to report to the...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

Conflict Minerals…the Legal Saga Continues…

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its opinion on the conflict minerals legal challenge. The ruling rejected a number of the petitioner’s arguments, but agreed with the...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

Circuit Court Largely Rejects Challenges To SEC Conflict Mineral Rules

The SEC largely prevailed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit changing the Rules promulgated by the agency under Dodd-Frank regarding conflict minerals. National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, No.. 13-5252...more

Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...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

What’s New for the 2014 Proxy Season

Unlike in past years, there are no new disclosure requirements which need to be reflected in this year’s proxy statement; however, with ongoing shareholder activism and the desire of companies to communicate effectively with...more

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