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Business News Digest – July 2014

In this issue: - SEC v. Citigroup: A New Standard for Reviewing Consent Decrees - Credit Unions Beware – the TARP Watchdog Is Ready to Pounce - Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: What Does It Mean for...more

Risky Business: How Rules Governing Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Reporting on Nonconformance Have Put Risk at a Premium in the...

Any contractor or subcontractor supplying the government with electronic parts or other items should consider new rules aimed at controlling counterfeit electronic parts and monitoring for nonconformance. In an industry...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

Protecting Drug Supply Chain Security

Millions of Americans take prescription drugs every day while assuming that those drugs are what they purport to be, that they have not been tampered with, and certainly that they are not counterfeit. The validity of those...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

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

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