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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

Doing Penance For The Sins of Your Supply Chain

Historians later will benchmark April 2013’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh as the beginning. This accident triggered global attention to supply chains, especially those supplying brand-names. With global trade...more

OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer: Positive but Guarded

The March 2014 OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer: Focus on Supply Chain was recently published. The 96 survey respondents told a story of an industry still feeling good about itself, but with a little more concern than in...more

White House Announces “Single Window” Initiative Aimed at Streamlining the US Export/Import Process: Supply Chain Regulatory...

President Obama’s February 19 Executive Order outlines an initiative aimed at reducing supply chain barriers by simplifying filing processes and eliminating duplicative requirements in order to allow companies to concentrate...more

Does Your Key Supplier Have A Succession Plan?

"Hello Jake, I hate to tell you this but we can't ship your order this week. One of our key suppliers is holding us up." Originally Published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal - February 14, 2014. ...more

China Solicits Comments on Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft regulation setting minimum standards for medical device distribution. The regulation sets forth requirements for procurement, delivery acceptance, storage,...more

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014

We know that you have been considering what business and commercial issues you will face in 2014 (and perhaps beyond) as an Automotive Supplier. But, have you been considering what legal issues you are likely to face? Do you...more

Government Procurement: Increased Security Scrutiny in IT Supply Chains

New laws and regulations require contractors who supply information technology in their products to control supply chain risk. The US Government (USG) has adopted a series of laws and regulations that focus increased...more

7 Tips for Complying with the Conflict Minerals Rule

With the recent publication of Form SD, the disclosure form that all companies subject to the Conflict Minerals Rule must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it is a good time to brush up on the Rule’s...more

After the Super Bowl: Human Trafficking Occurs More Than Once a Year

Over the past week, significant attention has been paid to the risks of sex trafficking associated with the Super Bowl. Law enforcement resources were dedicated to identifying traffickers and ensuring that services are...more

2014 Litigation Report: Managing Risk

In This Issue: Introduction; Food and Beverage Products: Managing Mounting Litigation Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry; Procurement Pitfalls: Best Practices to Manage Risk; Securities and Consumer Class Actions:...more

Working on the chain gang - Supply chain finance as the new norm: David Conaway addresses the pros and cons of supply chain...

Introduction - 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...more

The Compliance Crystal Ball—Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014. 1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting - Want a government contract...more

China Solicits Comments on Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) recently published a draft regulation, Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices (the “Draft GSP”), for public comment through January 20, 2014. The first-ever regulation...more

Mandatory Training for Third Parties – Effective or Protective?

What is the risk? Third-party liability for contractors, resellers, agents and supply chain partners is an issue that continues to bedevil corporations who need or choose to use third parties. The headlines and DOJ/SEC...more

Time to Comply: New DoD Rules Governing Supply Chain Risk Information and Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

cGovernment contractors should be aware of recent Department of Defense (DoD) rules governing Information Relating to Supply Chain Risk, 78 Fed. Register 69,268 (Nov. 18, 2013) and Unclassified Controlled Technical...more

Proposed Anti-Human Trafficking Rule Could Significantly Affect Contractor Compliance Programs

U.S. government contractors and subcontractors may need to comply with two new federal procurement rules proposed by the Obama administration to prevent the use of forced labor. Affected companies should review and...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

Successful Growth Through Acquisitions

Many midmarket companies have long recognized the need to grow their businesses by acquisition to supplement internal organic growth. Particularly, in the present challenging low growth economy, acquisition may be the only...more

Q&A With Morrison & Foerster's Mitch Newmark

Mitchell A. Newmark is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP and is concentrated on state and local tax litigation and appeals before administrative and judicial bodies around the country. Newmark also advises companies and...more

DOD Issues Interim Rule on Supply Chain Security

On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) published an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that will likely prove controversial through the inclusion of supply...more

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