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FTC Hosts Workshop – “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics”

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop seeking to explore the general question of why the cost of prescription drugs has risen greatly in recent history. The Workshop was framed...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Key Provisions for Supply Chain Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the manufacturing industry, a company’s supply chain can be a source of both risk and value. By paying careful attention to the terms of its supply chain contracts, a company can help to mitigate its risks while at the...more

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...more

Kobe Steel Group Admits to “Improper Conduct” and Non-Conforming Products

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A global leading supplier of aluminum, copper, and steel, Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group of companies, has admitted to falsifying data about the quality of its products. According to the company, inspection certificates...more

Unexpected Human in the Bagging Area: the impact of automation on retail workforces

by DLA Piper on

I suspect most of us have had the experience from time to time - you're looking to buy something a little bit out of the ordinary, and don't really know where to start. Two stories I heard recently neatly illustrate how that...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Textile factory safety claims proceed to arbitration under the Bangladesh Accord

by Hogan Lovells on

In a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal last month, claims against two global fashion brands under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Bangladesh Accord“) were declared admissible and...more

China's Changing Environmental Landscape: Lessons Learned From a $45B Compliance Crisis

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The recent shutdown of an auto parts supplier in Shanghai for violating environmental laws demonstrates a new era in China – one in which environmental concerns are being prioritized and laws enforced. Companies should rise...more

Transloading Extends the Economics of Rail to More Customers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Companies that use bulk products as inputs to their manufacturing or processing business often look to rail service as a way to reduce their transportation costs. Yet, many are not located adjacent to rail lines and there is...more

Shortage of Relief: Recent Disasters Highlight Multifaceted Drug Shortage Problem

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, roughly 80 percent of the U.S. territory is still without electrical power. • The island is home to multiple drug manufacturing facilities that are directly...more

Strict Liability and Human Rights Due Diligence – too little too early?

by Hogan Lovells on

It was a pleasure to speak in Geneva earlier this month at a consultation hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR“) on the scope for making businesses strictly liable for human...more

Upcoming FTC Workshop: Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a workshop on November 8, 2017 at the Constitution Center in Washington, DC entitled: “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics.” ...more

Majority in favour of improving fairness in EU food supply chain

by Hogan Lovells on

Initial responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer suggest that, bar retailers, the majority of significant stakeholders (including Member States, farmer groups,...more

Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

International human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in shaping how energy companies conduct their business all over the world. Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms;...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

Business Litigation E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed Reliability Standards focus on vulnerabilities in vendor products and services and would regulate the utility procurement process....more

Finland: Supreme Administrative Court decides two transfer pricing cases involving intra-group services - key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

Finland's Supreme Administrative Court has published two new precedential decisions regarding transfer pricing rules, KHO:2017:145 and KHO:2017:146. Transfer pricing related rulings are in short supply in Finland and thus...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - Sept 2017 #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 number of new guidance documents and tools, including materials...more

Construction E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the September/ October 2017 edition of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Building Central Florida magazine, Peter Vilmos discusses the nation’s current infrastructure since President Trump’s...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In late 2017 or early 2018, employers should anticipate clarity from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their right to file class or collective actions violates the National...more

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