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Event – Breakfast Briefing: Conflict Minerals 2.0 – The Second Wave of Compliance

Note: The following event is to take place on November 3, 2015 at 8:30 A.M. EDT at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, 4900 Key Tower, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114 and will not be broadcasted via webinar (i.e., this event must be attended in-person).   Companies have been living with the SEC’s conflict minerals … Continue Reading

SEC Seeks Rehearing in Conflict Minerals Case

October 2, 2015 marked another step in the continuing legal challenge of the conflict minerals rule.  The SEC and Amnesty International filed petitions requesting an en banc rehearing of the April 2014 and the August 2015 D.C. Court of Appeals panel decisions, in an effort to reverse the ruling that struck down portions of the … Continue Reading

SEC Proposes To Vote On Final Resource Extraction Rule By June 27, 2016

In a previous post, we provided a summary of both the maneuverings of the SEC’s resource extraction rule after it was issued and Oxfam’s suit to speed up the SEC’s development of a revised rule after it was vacated.  As a reminder, on September 2, 2015 (nearly a year after the Oxfam case was filed), a federal judge gave the SEC a … Continue Reading

SPIE: Conflict Minerals Reporting Challenges U.S. Companies and Their Suppliers

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, featured our very own Dynda Thomas, founder and leader of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP’s conflict minerals team, in a video presentation titled Conflict Minerals Reporting Challenges U.S. Companies and Their Suppliers. Dynda provides background on the conflict minerals rule, discusses the application of the rule, and describes … Continue Reading

EU’s Proposed Regulation on Conflict Minerals – Part II

Editors Note: A prior version of this blog post incorrectly attributed the sentence in bold below. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused. This version has now been corrected.  Views on the Draft Regulation The draft EU conflict minerals regulation is a voluntary system of certification, which covers imports of the minerals … Continue Reading

EU’s Proposed Regulation on Conflict Minerals – Part I

The European Union (EU) is considering legislation that would regulate the importation of conflict minerals into the EU. The European Commission announced its proposed regulation on March 5, 2014. The draft regulation contains proposals for a voluntary self-certification process for importers of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, and tungsten and gold) into the EU from anywhere … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals Rule and Recycling Businesses

For purposes of the conflict minerals rule, conflict minerals that are sourced from recycled or scrap materials are deemed to be “DRC conflict free” and require disclosure only about the inquiry that led the reporting company to conclude that they were from those recycled or scrap sources.  That means that for products whose conflict minerals … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals Rule – Complying With The Rule In The Meantime

Companies are unsure of how to prepare for the year 2 filings while the legal challenge is still pending and there is uncertainty about exactly what the reporting requirements will be when the filing deadline finally arrives. Legal Challenge to the Conflict Minerals Rule In the last few posts, we’ve discussed the legal challenge to the conflict … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals Rule Case To Be Reheard

We’ve been waiting for months.  And now, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted the SEC’s petition for rehearing of the court’s April 2014 decision that found that certain disclosure requirements of the conflict minerals rule violated the First Amendment.  The parties have been ordered to file supplemental briefs to discuss: The effect of … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals – Motion to Stay DENIED

In a ruling today, May 14, the Court of Appeals denied the emergency motion to stay the Conflict Minerals Rule.  So, companies should complete their analysis and, if necessary, their drafting of Form SDs and Conflict Minerals Reports to be ready to file by the June 2 deadline.  However, remember that on May 2, the SEC issued a partial … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals Legal Challenge — SEC, NAM, Industry Coalition and Amnesty International Briefs Filed

Between May 8 and May 13, briefs on the trade associations’ emergency motion for stay were filed by the SEC, the trade association petitioners, an industry coalition, and Amnesty International.  Two steps remain —   First, the oral argument in American Meat Institute, which is set for May 19.  American Meat Institute is a case involving a First Amendment … Continue Reading

Second Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report Filed

Today, Monday May 12, the second Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report was filed with the SEC by Affymetrix, Inc.  Affymetrix described itself as a “provider of life science products and molecular diagnostic products.”  Consistent with our usual practice, we will not provide a critique of the filing here.  However, it is worth noting that, like … Continue Reading

Conflict Minerals — Industry Groups File Motion For Full Stay in Response to SEC Partial Stay

On May 2, the SEC issued a partial stay of the Conflict Minerals Rule.  This partial stay implements the substance of the statement of the Director of Corporation Finance that was released on Tuesday, April 29th.  Our  blog post of April 29th  summarizes the SEC Statement.  As they indicated they would, the trade groups that challenged the Conflict Minerals Rule filed a … Continue Reading

URGENT — SEC Releases Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Keith Higgins, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, released an eagerly awaited statement on the effect of the Court of Appeals decision on the conflict minerals rule.  Two weeks ago, the Court of Appeals found that the conflict minerals rule violated the First Amendment when it required reporting … Continue Reading

SEC Commissioners Issue Joint Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

Today, two SEC Commissioners issued a joint statement indicating that they believe that the effectiveness of the conflict minerals rule should be stayed pending the final outcome of the legal challenge because they believe that the district court could conclude that the entire conflict minerals rule is invalid.   In part, they said: “The First Amendment concerns permeate … Continue Reading

SEC Pressured to Implement the Conflict Minerals Rule Without Delay

Last week, on April 14, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in the legal challenge of the conflict minerals rule and affirmed most of the provisions of the rule, but it found that portions of  the SEC’s conflict minerals rule violated the First Amendment when they required that reporting companies report to the SEC and … Continue Reading

New Conflict Minerals FAQs — But Little New Guidance

On April 7, 2014, the SEC issued a second set of FAQs on the conflict minerals rule which is presented as Frequently Asked Questions 13-21. Most of the new FAQs provide guidance on the Independent Private Sector Audit (IPSA), which very few companies will be required to provide for this first reporting year.  But, a couple … Continue Reading

EU Conflict Minerals Draft Said To Fall Short of NGOs Expectations

According to a EurActiv.com news article, entitled EU Drafts Conflict Minerals Law, With Opt-In Clause, when the proposed rule is released tomorrow, March 5th, it will be limited to the same minerals identified by the U.S. conflict minerals rule (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) and the rule will not contain any compulsory measures, but will … Continue Reading

Event: 2014 Conflict Minerals Conference in Northeast Ohio

Squire Sanders is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2014 Conflict Minerals Conference on Wednesday, February 19 at Corporate College in Warrensville Heights, OH. Hear from the nation’s foremost experts on the topic of conflict minerals and learn how the Dodd-Frank legislation will impact your organization and the supply chain. This dynamic seminar, which … Continue Reading

European Commissioner Confirms EU Focus Only on 3TG – Proposal Now Expected by Late October

On Tuesday, September 17th, EU Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, spoke at a Public Hearing of the Committee on Development in Brussels. He spoke about the role of extractive industries in developing countries in promoting development through responsible business practices. In that speech, de Gucht confirmed that the EU approach to conflict minerals is … Continue Reading
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