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Seller Beware: California Announces Draft Plan for New Consumer Product Categories Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

California’s toxics agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has released a draft three-year work plan identifying seven consumer product categories that may be the focus of the state’s Green Chemistry...more

Disruption Protectors: Companies Can Take Three Steps to Minimize the Costs of a Supply Chain Interruption

Supply chains have grown increasingly complex. Each link in the chain presents the potential for a problem, and any disruption may cause costly consequences throughout the supply chain. Adopting a proactive solution now might...more

Don’t Forget About Conflict Minerals

The first wave of Form SD filings has come and gone, leaving us with more insight into supply chains and manufacturing processes than most of us ever wanted, yet much uncertainty about the actual sources of the conflict...more

False Claims Act Update: GSA Contractor Reasonably Relied Upon Distributor Certifications Of Product Origin And Trade Agreements...

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more

4 Simple Tips for Better Supply Agreements

Supply agreements serve as the lifeblood of many manufacturing companies. These agreements outline the terms and conditions controlling the supply of goods and services between various parties. Without this framework, many...more

Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. During the intervening years, Japanese companies have been central to establishing the LNG industry as a major source of...more

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Automotive Supply Chain Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Automotive industry participants may face increased costs and risk from wholly foreign anticompetitive activities far upstream in their global supply chain. Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from...more

When Will You Get Paid? Depending on Your Contract, Maybe Never…

If you’re like anyone else, you think that once you’ve been hired, you perform your work and you get paid. Simple, sensible. The Ohio Supreme Court recently confirmed that like anything else, your right to be paid for your...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #4

For several years, solar arrays utilizing silicon photovoltaics have been central to driving the exponential growth of installed domestic solar capacity. However, an ongoing trade war spanning three continents and impacting...more

Recent Cases Discuss U.S. Antitrust Issues in Global Supply Chains

Two recent court decisions examined the reach of U.S. antitrust laws to protect against injuries affecting global supply chains. The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act (FTAIA) limits the application of U.S. antitrust...more

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from anticompetitive practices. But, under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), American antitrust laws only reach foreign conduct in specific...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

H.R. 4842: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

On June 11, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4842, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

Working on the Chain Gang - Supply Chain Finance as the 'New Normal'

Adjusting to the “new reality,” many companies have focused on all aspects of their balance sheets to improve performance for stakeholders. Companies have realized that material extensions of credit terms regarding its...more

Is America Ready for "Made in the U.S.A." Clothing?

While the reshoring tide is undeniably rising, the prospect of clothing and apparel manufacturing returning to the United States remains uncertain. Back in the 1960s, about 95% of clothing worn in the U.S.A. was also made...more

U.S. Labor Law and Child Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

Human Rights Watch‘s recent report, Tobacco’s Hidden Children – Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, seeks to draw attention to the presence of child labor on American tobacco farms and to the significant...more

Insurance recovery issues following Vietnam unrest

Recent turmoil and violence at manufacturing parks throughout Vietnam over the last few weeks is impacting both local and global manufacturers and the complex supply chains currently utilised by MNCs could mean relatively...more

"Insights" Newsletter - Spring 2014

In this issue: - Supply Chain Finance as the "New Normal" - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements Regulations for Covered Mortgage Loans - Arbitration Guidelines - Navigating Foreclosure...more

Second Conflict Minerals Report Filed

The second Form SD and related conflicts minerals report has been filed. They are interesting documents but may still not be the holy grail of precedents because of, among other things, the use of terms like “Conflict Free...more

Gehrig’s Streak Ends And Compliance Week 2014 Is Near

Today we celebrate greatness in two areas. The first is in baseball as on this day in 1939, “New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play ending his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130....more

Court Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule Because It Crosses First Amendment Line

In the end, it’s pretty simple. The court held the conflicts minerals rule and statute embodied in Dodd-Frank violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to report to the...more

OESA Sees Sunny Skies for Auto Industry

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently released its 2013 Annual Report which includes an interesting and positive “State of the Industry.” Modest growth is projected for both 2014 and 2015, pushing...more

FDA Seeks Information for Implementation of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

On November 27, 2013, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was enacted "to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed within the United States." To...more

Invalidating Means Plus Function Claim Requires Expert Testimony - Elcommerce.com, Inc. v. SAP AG, et. al

Revisiting the issue of written description support for a means plus function claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a finding of invalidity of claims directed to supply chain monitoring, concluding...more

Despite Often Presumed Limitations, Policyholders May Have General Liability Coverage for Supply Chain-Related Breaches of...

The Eighth Circuit recently confirmed that the all-too-common conceptions that breaches of contract and damages that result in recall are never covered by general liability insurance are, in fact, misconceptions. In...more

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