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Administration Releases Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices, Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• "American Patients First: The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs" outlines actions that the Administration proposes to lower prescription drug prices. • The plan includes...more

Parent company liability and human rights – new claims against mining company filed in the English courts

by Hogan Lovells on

On 16 April, proceedings were issued in the English courts against Gemfields Limited, a London-based mining company, in relation to allegations of human rights abuses in connection with the activities of its subsidiary in the...more

House Committee Considers Blockchain to Improve Supply Chains and Combat Counterfeiting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing this week to examine the use of blockchain technology to improve supply chains and combat counterfeiting. If you’re like many people, you...more

Understanding The Warranty Of Fitness For Particular Purpose In The Automotive Supply Chain

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For automotive suppliers, some of the most important terms in any contract for the purchase or sale of goods are the warranties that apply to those goods. This article will address one particular kind of warranty – the...more

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: What Manufacturers Need To Know

In 2010, California enacted the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”). The goal of the Act is to curtail human trafficking and slavery by requiring certain manufacturers and retailers doing business in...more

Fit for What Purpose? Understanding the Warranty of Fitness for Particular Purpose

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For manufacturing companies, some of the most important terms in any contract for the purchase or sale of goods are the warranties that apply to those goods. This article will address one particular kind of warranty – the...more

Blockchain Uses in Transportation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Blockchain technology is most well-known for its use with cryptocurrencies, however, it has wider potential applications in other sectors beyond that of banking and financial services. It is being evaluated for uses in the...more

VA Streamlines MSPV-NG Acquisition through Distribution and Supply Agreements

The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a Justification and Approval (J&A) for Other than Full and Open Competition on April 12, 2018, to allow prime vendors currently performing “distribution” contracts under the...more

Court of Justice clarifies analysis required to determine if discriminatory pricing amounts to an abuse of dominance

The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that price discrimination by a dominant firm is not in itself illegal under competition law. However, it will infringe Article 102 TFEU if it is capable of distorting competition...more

Let the Sun Shine - Impacts of the Solar Tariffs

In fulfilling his campaign pledges to American manufacturing and fossil fuel energy companies, on January 22, 2018, President Trump approved a 30 percent tariff on imported silicon solar cells and modules. Solar cells are the...more

Tips for Planning a Carve-Out Divestiture

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As a company grows and expands (whether by acquisition or organically), it can encounter issues which may prompt a divestiture. For example, a once high-performing business unit declines or becomes stagnant and drags down the...more

Force Majeure, Now What?

by Bracewell LLP on

As discussed in our last alert, the possibility of parties turning to force majeure clauses as an excuse for performance in the face of steel and aluminum tariffs has become a reality. While the government deals with numerous...more

Exploring North American oil with Thomson Reuters

Energy industry experts and customers gathered in Houston and Calgary to explore a range of North American oil topics at the annual Thomson Reuters Oil Forum Series. Here are some of the main talking points....more

Vertical Agreements in the Online Sales of Goods

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The growth of e-commerce and the resulting increase in price transparency and price competition have a significant impact on companies’ distribution strategies and consumer behavior. While the emergence of e-commerce has the...more

Here’s the Recipe: How to Ensure Your Food and Beverage Company Will Be Ready for a Value-Maximizing Sale

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

You’ve created a great product and built a valued brand. You’ve devoted countless hours to building relationships with key distributors and retailers, designing attractive packaging, and forging a social media presence. But...more

Report Details Uneven Implementation of the New Drug Tracing Law

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its latest report on compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). As we discussed in a prior post, the DSCSA...more

Highlights from the Thomson Reuters London Risk and Compliance Summit

The Thomson Reuters London Risk and Compliance Summit explored the technologies and partnerships that are enabling financial institutions to be ‘risk confident’ and #FightFinancialCrime. Here are some of the highlights...more

Australia's Proposed Modern Slavery Act May Impact American Companies

by FordHarrison on

U.S. companies with operations in Australia may soon be impacted by the establishment of a new Modern Slavery Act (the MSA) in Australia....more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Bulk Substances for Compounding by Outsourcing Facilities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On March 23, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance regarding the process through which it proposes to evaluate bulk drug substances nominated for use in compounding by outsourcing...more

Brexit at Halfway: Pharma and Medical Devices

by WilmerHale on

The object of this Alert is to highlight some practical implications of Brexit for the supply of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the European Union (EU) and related action items which companies should be...more

European Commission Announces Safeguard Investigation into Steel Imports

by Jones Day on

On March 26, 2018, the European Commission initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of a wide variety of steel products into the European Union ("EU"). The investigation covers 26 product categories, ranging from hot...more

Department of Homeland Security Publishes FAQs on North Korean Labor in Supply Chains

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published FAQs relating to Section 321(b) of the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The CAATSA was adopted on August 2, 2017. Section 321(b) restricts...more

Rules of Origin: a 'hidden hard Brexit' for the UK food industry?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Food and Drink Federation (“FDF“) has published a report on the potential impact of rules of origin on UK food and drink exporters in the likely event that the UK ceases to be part of the EU customs union after Brexit....more

Why “Future Proofing” Is A Myth

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

For years, the emergence of truly global supply chains and the rise of large, increasingly skilled workforces has wrought havoc on labour supply in Western developed countries. ...more

Life sciences and health care horizons - March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Innovation in the life sciences and health care industries is occurring at a dizzying pace. Five years ago, anti-PD-1 antibodies from Merck and BMS had yet to be approved, CAR-T therapies were still in small-scale clinical...more

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