Analysis By Our Friends at Spend Matters

Risk SignThis week, we wanted to give a shout out to our friends at Spend Matters, who were kind enough to review Legal Blacksmith last week.  Spend Matters has published a short paper entitled, “The Intersection of Contract ‘Invisibility’ and Risk Management: Be Afraid (Be Very Afraid).”

This article reviews the potential costs associated with supply chain risk, warning readers that what they don’t know can, in fact, hurt them.  Please find the article here, and enjoy!

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Legal Blacksmith Review From Spend Matters

Legal BlacksmithWe are honored to have yet another great review of Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke’s book, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.  This review is by Peter Smith of Spend Matters, a global content community which publishes research and updates related to the procurement and supply chain sector.  Peter’s book review highlights the new perspective provided by Legal Blacksmith and we particularly appreciate his view that “it is not a legal ‘textbook’ but contains a wealth of interesting and helpful legal information, based on both legislation and case studies, all placed in a context that is genuinely useful for the supply chain practitioner.”

Thank you, Peter, for your in-depth look at Legal Blacksmith.  You can read his book review through the link below.

Book Review: Legal Blacksmith – How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes by Peter Smith

FAA releases new rules regulating commercial drone use

DroneOn June 22, 2016, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) released new rules for small commercial drones.  Part 107 governs the use of small unmanned aircraft systems, “UAS” or “drones.” Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8) defines UAS as “an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.”  Drones can range from radio-controlled, fixed-wing aircraft to helicopters or rotorcraft models (quadcopters), flown for recreation or commercial purposes.  Part 107 does not apply to “model aircraft” that satisfy all of the criteria specified in section 336 of Public Law 112-95.  Congress defines “model aircrafts” as an unmanned aircraft that is: 1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere; 2) flown within visual line-of-sight of the person operating it; and 3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

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Our Interview with Buyers Meet Point

Legal BlacksmithOn June 8, 2016, Rosemary Coates and I (authors of Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes) had a chance to catch up with Kelly Barner, editor of Buyers Meet Point, for an interview.  We talked about classic supply chain bloopers, little known legal aspects of supply chain relationships that procurement professionals may not know, and the expanding importance of supply chain operations to corporate bottom lines. 

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Final Food Safety Modernization Act Rule: Intentional Adulteration

Farmers Market VegetablesThe seventh and final component of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was finalized and published on May 27, 2016.  The Intentional Adulteration Final Rule requires food companies to identify vulnerabilities within their food process with a goal of preventing intentional contamination of the food supply that would lead to wide-scale harm.

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Read Our Newest Review in Buyers Meeting Point

We’re always pleased when someone takes the time to review our work.  Recently, we were honored to have Buyers Meeting Point editor Kelly Barner review our book, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes

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Read our Article in Chief Executive Magazine!

Stairs_to_successIncreasingly, companies are finding the need for increased executive monitoring of their supply chain operations.  Frequently, however, chief executives don’t know how much attention they should be giving their supply chains, or how to get relevant information.  We had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to sit down with Chief Executive magazine to discuss how corporate executives should monitor and guide their companies’ supply chain operations.  The resulting article, “6 Tips for Solving Supply-Chain Problems Before They Become Crises” is at the link.  Enjoy! Continue Reading

Commercial and IP Developments Update – May 2016

As we’ve previously posted for the month of April, here are the legal updates of key commercial and intellectual property developments across Mainland China, Hong Kong and the US.  Topics covered this month include textile recycling in China, Registered Designs Ordinance and Rights of Third Parties to Contracts in Hong Kong, and state and federal legislation in the US affecting manufacturers.  The update can be accessed by clicking the document below.

May 2016 Legal Update link