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Australia and China Free Trade Agreement

This week, following the successful hosting of the G20 summit, the Australian Federal Government signed a declaration of intention with China to bring into force a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The agreement...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (11/14)

In its weekly orders (11/21/14), the Texas Supreme Court issued five new opinions and granted review in three cases. Click here to read the order list and find the opinions....more

OSHA Strengthens Local Emphasis on Hazardous Chemical Compliance

Omaha Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a brand-new local emphasis program that will introduce regular health inspections at funeral homes, product and chemical...more

Amsted Rail’s Hiring Practices Violate Disability Discrimination Law, EEOC Charges in Lawsuit

Medical Clearance Process Derails Applicants' Hopes for Employment, Federal Agency Says - ST. LOUIS -- Amsted Industries, Inc. and Amsted Rail Co. Inc., a leader in the manufacture of steel castings for the rail...more

France Posts Report on Nanomaterials Reported as of June 2014

The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy published a report, available only in French, concerning the second round of mandatory reporting of nanomaterials. Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that...more

New FDA Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Device Manufacturers

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance, “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.” Those guidelines make non-binding recommendations on the...more

The “Show” in 2015 – Pass the Popcorn, Please

Anyone trying to read the tea-leaves of the recent elections might want to take a step back and slow down before predicting how they will impact American manufacturers in 2015. The recent, dramatic drop in oil prices may...more

Delaware Chancery Clarifies Discovery Obligations of Domestic Affiliate of Foreign Company

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that, for purposes of responding to a non-party subpoena, documents held by the foreign affiliate of a US corporation were not within the US corporation’s “possession, custody, or...more

The Northern District of Indiana Holds That Loss Reserve Information Qualifies as Protected Work Product.

In G&S Metal Consultants, Inc. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151431 (N.D. Ind. Oct. 24, 2014), the district court held that loss reserves generated in anticipated of litigation were protected under the work...more

EEOC Roundup: October 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Consumer Products Companies Should Take Care to Comply with California “Made in USA” Labeling Law

New cases are being brought by plaintiff attorneys under the California “Made in USA” labeling law, which prohibits use of that claim or similar language if the "merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof" was made...more

A “Good” Deed Goes Unpunished

Alabama Supreme Court Rejects “Good Samaritan” Liability in Gray Market Case - Last month, I wrote about the “Good Samaritan” rule, codified in Restatement (Second) of Torts, section 324A, “Liability to Third Persons...more

GLOBAL: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall

In the past decade or so, manufacturers in the developed world that would previously have created their entire product in their own country now outsource manufacture to other parts of the world. This has had significant...more

Suppliers Remain Cautiously Optimistic per OESA Survey

OESA recently released its Automotive Supplier Barometer for November 2014. The November Supplier barometer focused on Human Resources issues related to staffing benefits and training. The Supplier Sentiment Index (SSI) is...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Announces Settlement with Two Companies for Federal Antitrust Law Violations

On November 7, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Flakeboard America Ltd. (Flakeboard) and SierraPine for federal antitrust law violations. The settlement requires the companies to...more

What does the agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions mean to 'Joe Industry'?

All media outlets are discussing a groundbreaking agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the agreement, the United States promised to cut net greenhouse gas...more

Motorola Oral Arguments Today – Will the Seventh Circuit Revise Its Interpretation of the FTAIA, and If so, How?

Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument from the parties and amicus curiae the United States concerning the reach of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, in Motorola...more

A Taste of Things to Come? Whole Foods Feels Sting of “Non-GMO” Litigation

As we’ve explored in past posts, mandatory GMO-labeling legislation has, at best, a spotty track record among state legislatures. Nevertheless, the GMO issue continues to draw the public’s attention, and it is becoming clear...more

European Court of Justice Underlines Importance of Non-Discrimination Principle in EU Cartel Fines

EU High Court reduces cartel fine by 30 percent on appeal and stresses need for timely resolution of cases by the General Court. Summary - On 12 November 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ)...more

IRS Disregards Own Revenue Ruling in Barnes Decision

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Tax Court’s 2013 decision in Barnes Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, T.C. Memo 2013-109, in which the Tax Court applied the step transaction doctrine to...more

New Guidance on Gun Jumping - DOJ Antitrust Division Settlement Clarifies the Risks of Pre-Closing Coordination, while...

Just five weeks after the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Flakeboard America had abandoned its plan to acquire a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) mill and two particleboard mills from...more

“Gun-Jumping” Companies Must Pay $3.8 Million in Fines and Disgorge $1.15 Million in Illegally Obtained Profits

Recently the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited, its parents and SierraPine to settle allegations that the parties engaged in...more

United States v. Flakeboard America Ltd.: The Perils of Gun Jumping

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a Complaint and proposed Consent Settlement of significant claims of illegal premerger coordination with buyer and seller in a...more

Protect Your Safety Investigations and Deliberations From Prying Eyes

Every day companies deal with an ongoing safety analysis of their own products. These Safety Teams are routinely interdepartmental. The Safety Teams must consider design changes, manufacturing issues, potential recalls,...more

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settles Complaint Against Patent Troll That Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts to reform the patent system to curtail abuses by “patent trolls.” Patent trolls do not manufacture anything. Rather, they often buy up patents and then bring lawsuits against...more

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