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NAFTA Re-Negotiation: How Safe Are Your Contracts?

The North American Free Trade Agreement has brought massive changes to supply chains throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada over the past 23 years. Now, for the first time, the United States has an anti-NAFTA administration, which is moving forward on its campaign promise to re-negotiate the agreement. The details are far from final, but some of the … Continue Reading

California Asserts Its Transparency In Supply Chains Act (Or, Letters To Retailers And Manufacturers) (Or, Seeing Through Supply Chains)

It’s springtime, which apparently means… that the California Department of Justice has begun what looks like enforcement measures with respect to California’s 2010 Transparency in Supply Chains Act.  If you are a manufacturer or a retailer who has received a letter inquiring about your compliance with this (relatively) new legislation, don’t be surprised.  It is apparently … Continue Reading

No more tears (tiers!): Revving up for Automotive Supply Chain Success

The latest Automotive Council Report (March 2015 Report) identifies some very interesting and potentially lucrative UK supply chain and supplier opportunities.  In particular, the Report showcases a big jump in demand from British vehicle manufacturers for high value British-made/sourced components – a continuing drive for increased localisation of the supply chain.  It also builds upon … Continue Reading

Legal Fallout From The West Coast Ports Labor Dispute (Or, How To Take Risk Into Account In Supply Chain Contracts) (Or, We Like Meaty Meat)

Although the West Coast Ports labor dispute has more or less resolved, the consequences continue to be felt across supply chains both in the U.S. and internationally.  Especially hard hit have been the retail, automotive, and agricultural industries, with several companies (such as the Gap, Lululemon, and Williams-Sonoma) negatively revising their financial outlooks.  Honda took … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Law: 2014 – Year Of The Recall! (Or, Recalling Recalls) (Or, The Mother Of All Warranty Claims)

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) , the federal agency responsible for overseeing automotive safety, released figures showing that 2014 involved a record number of automotive safety recalls – higher than 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined. In all, the industry recalled almost 64 million vehicles in 803 separate recall campaigns, 680 … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Legal Reality: Why The UCC Is Sometimes The Worst, Part 2 (Or, Price Is Too Important To Leave To The Courts) (Or, If You Don’t Know How Much It Costs, You Probably Shouldn’t Buy It… Or Sell It)

Previously on this blog, we wrote about the UCC’s silly rule that order quantity must be in writing for a supply chain contract to be enforceable.  Among other things, we discussed the difficulties this rule poses for supply chain partners who want to do business on a blanket purchase order basis, popular in many industries. … Continue Reading
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