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Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican...more

TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

It was reported Monday that in a marathon 100-hour negotiating session the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached agreement on the TPP trade pact. The TPP was negotiated in secret, i.e., only the diplomatic...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2015

President Xi's State Visit Brings Announcements on Cybersecurity and Climate Change - In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. Cybersecurity and climate change...more

SEC and Amnesty International Seek En Banc Rehearing of Decision in Ongoing Conflict Minerals Court Battle

On Friday, the SEC and Amnesty International each filed petitions seeking a rehearing en banc of the August 2015 panel opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the conflict minerals...more

WCRR: EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive Open for Debate

The European Commission launched July 6 a public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU ("AVMSD"), entitled "A media framework for the 21st century," paving the way towards a single European...more

California Relaxes Its “Made in the U.S.A.” Law

To the consternation of many, California law has long imposed a “Made in the U.S.A.” standard that has been more stringent than the federal standard, requiring manufacturers of all types who wanted to make a country of origin...more

California Steps Back from Strict “Made in USA” Label Requirements

An audible sigh of relief from domestic manufacturers everywhere greeted California’s recent enactment of a law loosening its restrictive “Made in USA” label requirements. In fact, California’s new law may provide a degree of...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Previous Conflict Minerals Decision: Disclosure Requirement Violates First Amendment

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision striking down a narrow portion of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms That Portions of Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rules Violate First Amendment

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed its ruling in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission that portions of the SEC’s...more

Trade & Manufacturing - August 2015

Services Take Center Stage in TiSA; Goods Sector Should Applaud - With Congress preoccupied with the debate over whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) (so-called "fast track" authority) and the merits of the...more

Court Strikes Down Commerce's Methodology for Determining Country of Origin After Third-Country Finishing Operations

In a July 2015 decision, the Court of International Trade rejected the Department of Commerce's determination of country of origin in a high-profile scope proceeding involving unfinished Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG)...more

Blog: New Study Gives Mixed Reviews To Companies Filing Conflict Minerals Reports

A new study on conflict minerals compliance from Tulane University and Assent Compliance, a compliance software and services firm, revealed that, about 90% of filers of conflict minerals reports indicated that they were...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more

European alliance of plant breeders fails to halt the march of the Nagoya Protocol

The CJEU has rejected two challenges to the EU Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol. This piece of international law has changed significantly the way that biological natural resources are accessed, researched and...more

WTO Finds That COOL Is Simply Not Cool, and House of Representative Agrees

The most recent chapter in the dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products resulted in a loss for the United States. In a May 18 report, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

New USDA Study Says COOL not Beneficial to American Consumers

Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not economically beneficial to American consumers, according to a new report authored by a team of agricultural economists from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. In...more

Canada Retaliates Against U.S. Country of Origin Labelling Requirements

Since 2008, the Canadian government has challenged country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On May 18, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies...more

Trade Agreements Act Compliance Activity Increasing at VA

Companies should include internal TAA compliance reviews in their overall manufacturing compliance programs. Every manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceuticals that offers a product for sale to the federal...more

Food Labeling, Food Safety & Nutrition

From a national action plan on combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals and a presidential task force on fishing and seafood fraud, to proposed rules on nutrition and supplement fact labeling, the...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - March 2015 #3

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

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