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D.C. Circuit Court Re-Affirms Decision that Portions of SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules are Unconstitutional

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in likely the first majority opinion citing Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities) and George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four), re-affirmed its...more

Congressional Decision Looms on U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

For those in the manufacturing community, one of the significant events of the summer was when Congress allowed the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to lapse. The main goal of the bank is to...more

Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

CPSC Major ‘Repair Program’ Is Not Labeled A ‘Recall’

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip-over posed by 27 million chests...more

Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,...more

Congress Allows Export-Import Bank Charter to Expire, for Now

Congress recessed for a week-long Fourth of July break last week without taking up legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank's charter, just days before it was set to expire. The Bank was operating under a...more

EPA Issues Clean Water Rule Defining Waters Of The United States

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, EPA issued a long-awaited rule defining “Waters of the United States.” The final rule is available as a prepublication version. Elsewhere, on EPA’s Clean Water Rule webpage, there are a number of...more

Federal Court Upholds Federal Contractor Union Notice Requirement

A federal court in the District of Columbia has upheld the validity of the Department of Labor's (DOL) rule requiring covered federal contractors to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor...more

Blog: What Have The Conflict Minerals Rules Cost The SEC?

Sure, companies have spent millions and millions on conflict minerals compliance. But what have the conflict minerals rules cost the SEC? According to Reuters, reporting on a response by SEC Chair Mary Jo White to a request...more

Trade Secrets – Protecting the (Corporate) Family Jewels

Disputes regarding trade secrets and corporate espionage are becoming perpetual fixtures in the news. One of the most common scenarios is that a key employee departs to join a competitor and his or her former employer quickly...more

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Manufacturing Bill

On April 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013, which aims to grow U.S. manufacturing by strengthening the...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Motion for Stay

As mentioned below, on April 29, 2014, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable filed a motion for stay with the SEC. The motion requested that the SEC stay its final...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Strikes Down Reporting Requirement Under the SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its decision in National Association of Manufacturers, et al., v. Securities Exchange Commission, a case involving a challenge to the SEC’s conflict...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

What’s Next for Conflict Minerals Rules After D.C. Circuit Decision?

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its long-anticipated ruling in the industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals...more

Conflict Minerals – Yet Another Update

If ever there was an SEC rule that refused to slip quietly into the books, it’s conflict minerals disclosure. With the May 31st Form SD filing deadline fast approaching, three things are happening: Companies are focusing for...more

D.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 11, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority and the GPUC, the construction consortium working on its expansion, have been deadlocked over whether the Canal will pay for $1.6 billion in cost overruns. Construction halted on February 5 due to...more

The NLRA Rights Poster Lives on Through Other Means

The NLRB’s decision not to pursue Supreme Court review in the NLRA rights poster cases (which, depending on what happened behind the scenes, may have in reality been a decision by the Solicitor General of the United States)...more

“No Mas!” NLRB Finally Surrenders In Poster Rule Debacle

In what we hope is the beginning of a trend, the NLRB announced that it will not appeal its infamous poster case to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you may remember, the NLRB passed a rule that required covered employers to post a...more

Federal District Court Upholds the SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules

As we previously reported, in August 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted controversial rules requiring public companies to attempt to determine if they use any of four “conflict minerals” - tantalite,...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down NLRB Posting Rule

What you need to know: A federal appellate court has struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule that required employers to post workplace notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor...more

Trade Update - Miscellaneous Tariff Bill & 2013 Trade Policy Agenda

This past Wednesday, House Ways & Means Chairman Camp (R-MI), along with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), participated in an event hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers to highlight the need for passage of a...more

Petitioners File Opening Brief Challenging SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule

The National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and Business Roundtable recently filed their opening brief with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...more

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