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Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

BDO’s 2016 Manufacturing Risk Factor Report

The 2016 BDO Manufacturing RiskFactor Report examines the risk factors in the most recent 10-K filings of the largest 100 publicly traded U.S. manufacturers across five sectors including fabricated metal, food processing,...more

The Brexit – Energy Markets

The UK electorate has now voted in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. The impact on the energy market may be significant given the economic uncertainty and impact on the regulatory environment. Much remains...more

How will franchising be affected by Brexit?

Following the Brexit vote, the international franchise community needs to consider the implications of the exit of a major European economy, the United Kingdom, from the EU. Europe is an important market for many UK and US...more

Key legal Brexit issues for retailers

Uncertainty has dominated the reaction of the retail market to Brexit. Whilst most retailers are therefore adopting a "wait and see" approach, there is a general consensus that retailers that import heavily will be most...more

The reverse charge mechanism

DLA Piper's Tax team in Poland and the Association of Importers and Manufacturers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment - ZIPSEE "Digital Poland" have prepared a report on the tax consequences of the reverse charge mechanism...more

New EU Rules for Medical Devices

After four years of negotiations, European lawmakers agreed on June 15 on a new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). The MDR is the equivalent to the FDA’s CDRH regulations in the United States and essentially specifies...more

Brexit Trade Audit: A Five-Step Guide to Help Determine the Way Forward

Companies doing business in the UK or from the UK should be looking to “future-proof” their operations following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union. A Brexit audit is one way of determining the possible impact...more

Import of raw materials and components for manufacturing of medical devices exempted from VAT

Federal Law No. 225-FZ on Amendments to Part Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation dated 30 June 2016 enters into force on 1 August 2016. According to the law, a VAT exemption is granted on import of raw materials and...more

EPA Updates and Republishes SmartWay Freight Transportation Sustainability Program

Seyfarth Synopsis: For companies in the freight industry, if sustainability is important at your company or to its board of directors, then you may wish to investigate the EPA’s updated Smartway program, with its new...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new lawsuit aimed at combating human trafficking in corporate...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

Terrorism Regulations Finish FDA's FSMA Implementation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the last of its rules crafted to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These most recent rules aim to prevent the intentional adulteration of food in...more

Arbitration Provision Enforced Against Non-Signatory Insurer

The court confirmed an award in favor of two affiliated power supplier companies (“Alstom”), against the subrogated insurer of one of their corporate customers damaged in an accident involving Alstom’s equipment. Alstom and...more

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the...more

Cybersecurity, Use of Internet of Things Technology Concern Manufacturers

Powered in part by the growing use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, cybersecurity has surged to become one of the leading concerns for global manufacturers, according to a recently released study....more

Insights Newsletter - June 2016

TO SUFFER OR PERMIT: How The Broad Scope Of The Fair Labor Standards Act Is Increasing The Risk Of Doing Business - 2016 is shaping up to be a troubling one for employers subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new guide for business lawyers from the International Bar...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

Brexit Headline Checklist

This checklist is designed to set out some of the key questions which businesses will need to consider in their initial planning phase as they evaluate their existing structures and operations and the potential impact of...more

Like Dominoes: Vermont Follows New Hampshire’s Lead and Makes Drastic Changes to Its Equipment Dealer Statute

In a dealer-friendly move that is growing increasingly common, see here, Vermont recently made substantial changes to the law that governs the relationship between equipment manufacturers and dealers within the state. Much...more

EU Reaches Political Understanding on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview and Take-aways for Downstream Companies

Late last Wednesday, the European Union reached agreement on the broad framework of a conflict minerals regulation. In this Alert, we describe some of the key terms of the regulation and what it means for the downstream....more

U.N. Guiding Principles: Reflections on the Last Five Years

Five years ago, on June 16, 2011, the way we view the human rights responsibilities of companies changed. On that day, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and...more

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