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In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Cooley LLP on

A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

Ruling & Enforcement: Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure - On April 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, declaring that...more

Blog: Senate Hearing On Conflict Minerals Law Reveals Common Theme

by Cooley LLP on

On April 5, just prior to the release of Corp Fin’s Updated Statement on conflict minerals, the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy held a hearing on the effects on the Democratic Republic of the Congo of...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule for 2017 Filings

by Bryan Cave on

Late Friday, April 7, the SEC issued two statements relating to the conflict minerals rule which reflect a significant change in the staff’s guidance for public companies. The upshot of these statements is that the staff...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

Conflict Minerals Rule is Still in Effect – For Now

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the D.C. District Court entered its final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, Rule 13p-1 and Form SD...more

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016...more

Conflict Minerals: Recent Developments and Business Implications of Potentially Diverging U.S. and EU Approaches

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 3, 2017, the Council of the European Union approved a new regulation intended to prevent the trade in conflict minerals, which followed the approval of the European Parliament on March 16, 2017. This puts an end to...more

Blog: Final Judgment Entered In Conflict Minerals Case, National Association Of Manufacturers V. SEC

by Cooley LLP on

Today, the D.C. District Court entered final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and Rule 13p-1 and Form SD, Conflict Minerals, violate the First Amendment to the...more

Court Enters Final Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has entered a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. The final judgment is identical to the proposed judgment which we described previously....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez and Brian Schatz requested that Inspector General Carl Hoecker investe Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar in a letter dated March 29, 2017. The letter notes that...more

Blog: State Department ventures into conflict minerals

by Cooley LLP on

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the State Department has launched a new review of “how best to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals,” which will continue through April 28. Although it’s not known whether the SEC...more

Blog: Investigate Piwowar?

by Cooley LLP on

Not everyone is pleased by the actions taken by Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar directing the SEC staff to review the conflict minerals and pay-ratio disclosure rules. In fact, today, four Senate Democrats on the Senate...more

Sustainable Commodities: EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten,...more

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Faces New Scrutiny Ahead of May Filing Deadline

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A flurry of activity on conflict minerals in recent months has added new uncertainty to the long-simmering debate over the future of U.S. conflict minerals reporting requirements. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Proposed Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

Pursuant to a court order, the parties to the conflict minerals case have filed a proposed judgment after they advised the court no further proceedings were necessary. The text of the proposed judgment is as follows...more

Blog: Say Farewell To The Conflict Minerals Case, Nat’l Ass’n Of Mfrs. V. SEC

by Cooley LLP on

The parties to the conflict minerals case have filed in the D.C. District Court a “Joint Status Report,” which requests that the Court enter a final judgment in accordance with the decision of the Court of Appeals. As a...more

Parties Request Judgment be Entered in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson ordered the parties to file a joint status report indicating whether any further...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

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