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A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information...more

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws to Foreign Conduct

On March 16, 2015, AU Optronics Corporation America Inc. (AU Optronics) and Motorola Mobility LLC separately asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) and the extent to which...more

Industrialization Of Biology Report Released By The National Academies

On March 13, 2015, the National Academies issued Industrialization Of Biology: A Roadmap To Accelerate The Advanced Manufacturing Of Chemicals, a 143-page report prepared in response to a request from the U.S. Department of...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

Another Mandate for Manufacturers/Distributors: Conflict Minerals Disclosure

In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a law called the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Action of 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act).”  The Dodd-Frank Act is generally known as the legislative response to the...more

March Madness for Foreign Companies: Supreme Court asked to resolve Circuit Split on Reach of FTAIA

The Supreme Court has been urged to resolve a circuit split concerning the reach of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) to foreign conduct that may affect U.S. commerce. Motorola this week filed a petition...more

Return of Robinson-Patman Act and Resale Price Maintenance Litigation?

A quick note on a few recent developments suggesting that RP and RPM litigation is not yet dead. First, on February 2, 2015, a court refused to dismiss claims against Clorox arising from its refusal to sell a small...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Institutes Investigation Under 100-Day Pilot Program Examining Complainant’s Standing to File...

The U.S.I.T.C. instituted its first investigation under its 100-day pilot program for early determination of a specific potentially case-dispositive issue....more

Food for Thought: Mirabella v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

In Mirabella v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., consumers sued the manufacturer of Redline Xtreme Energy Drink, alleging that the manufacturer concealed the dangerous side effects of the energy drink. Plaintiffs requested relief...more

Medical Device Companies Face Severe FCA Penalties for TAA Violations

A spate of recent multi-million dollar settlements has shown that medical device manufacturers are subject to substantial liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) if they misstate the country of origin of their products in...more

California Court Holds Product Contamination Insurance Does Not Cover Ingredients Contaminated by Insured’s Supplier

On February 6th, an intermediate level California appellate court held that a product contamination policy only covered contamination that occurs during or after manufacturing operations by the insured, meaning that there was...more

Parking Heater Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing

On March 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Espar Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of price-fixing under the Sherman Act in a scheme involving parking heaters for commercial vehicles that ran from...more

FDA Issues New Rules for Testing of Reusable Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its tougher new requirements for testing reusable medical devices. ...more

What’s Really in Your Supplements?

New York State Attorney General’s Investigation Has Sparked a Coalition of State Attorneys General Against Herbal Supplement Manufacturers: What does this mean for the industry as a whole in terms of product liability...more

FinCrimes Update - February 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 2

On February 25, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks at Columbia Law School focusing on how state bank regulators can better supervise financial institutions in a post-financial crisis era. In his...more

PBGC Moratorium on Enforcement of 4062(e) Ends

The PBGC has announced that it will not continue its moratorium on enforcing ERISA section 4062(e) events. This announcement comes following the changes to section 4062(e) that were made under the Multiemployer Pension Reform...more

A Clean Slate? California Bill Is Latest Attempt to Legislate Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

Another potentially meaningful development in legislation affecting consumer products companies: on February 25, a California legislator introduced a bill, AB 708, that would require manufacturers, distributors and retailers...more

What to Make of a Diminished Thing: Tobacco Bond Defaults and Restructurings

There is little poetry in tobacco bonds these days. Cigarette consumption has declined beyond projections, and the advent of e-cigarettes may exacerbate the decline. Payments under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) are...more

Conflict Minerals Filings—Round Two

It’s that time of year again. Form SD filings are due June 1st (May 31st falls on a Sunday). For those who have been diligently working on your company’s annual report and proxy statement, it is time to turn your attention...more

District Court Declines to Stay Proceeding Pending Inter Partes Review Where Plaintiff and Defendant Were Direct Competitors

Card-Monroe Corp. ("CMC") manufactures tufting machines and equipment. CMC holds several patents that pertain to its machines and equipment. Tuftco Corp. ("Tuftco") is a competitor of CMC, which also engages in the...more

Regulation of Chemicals in Consumer Products on the Rise

In recent years, manufacturers have seen a marked increase in state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. While the regulation of hazardous and toxic chemicals in consumer products is certainly not a new concept,...more

Blog: On a Roll . . . Vermont Attorney General Posts Two More Enforcement Actions for Gift Ban & Disclosure Law

The Vermont Attorney General (VT AG) posted its third round of enforcement actions of 2015 against a manufacturer of surgical microscopes and a dental products company....more

TSCA Reform and Its Implications for Manufacturers

Even if you’re well-versed in environmental statutes, one you might not spend a lot of time thinking about is the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA.  ...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - March 2015

Customs and Border Protection Issues Update on Enforcement of Trade Orders - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its second AD/CVD Update in late January. As explained in the January 2015 edition of the...more

Court Confirms that Mere Variations on Widely Used Manufacturing Processes Are Not Protectable Trade Secrets

In Quantum Sail Design Group LLC v. Jannie Reuvers Sails Ltd., the Honorable Gordon J. Quist was faced with deciding whether the process used by Quantum to design and manufacture high-performance sails used on top-of-the-line...more

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