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The Problem with Palm Oil (Or, The Next Wave of Supply Chain Class Actions?)

In previous posts (here, here, and here), we discussed a litigation trend that began in September of this year: putative class action lawsuits against U.S. retailers based on alleged unethical practices in their supply chains.  The first lawsuits asserted the presence of trafficked labor in the Thai and Indonesian shrimp and fishing industries, with complaints … Continue Reading

SPB Policy and Legal Developments in the EU Food and Beverage Sector

Today at Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Supply Chain Law Blog, we are featuring some recent work done by our Global Food and Beverage Practice, which actively monitors regulatory, policy, and case law developments in the food, beverage, and related sectors around the world.  Recently, the group has published an update on food and beverage law … Continue Reading

FDA Implements Three New Rules That Impact Food Supply Chains

On Friday, November 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized three new rules designed to increase food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses that will impact food supply chains. The first rule, called the Produce Safety Rule, establishes “science-based” minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and handling of fruits and vegetables grown for human … Continue Reading

Food Supply Chain Issues in China (Or, China’s New Food Safety Act) (Or, Running the Gauntlet in China)

Food trade between the U.S. and China is on the rise.  According to the most recent statistics, China is the third largest exporter of food and agricultural products to the U.S., behind only Canada and Mexico.  And, the U.S. is China’s biggest source of foreign food and agricultural products.  Under the current state of trade, … Continue Reading

New Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements: Coming into Force Today

The new obligation on commercial organisations over a certain size to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement has come into force today. There will, however, be transitional provisions to allow affected businesses sufficient time to understand the new requirements and produce a statement. Businesses with a year-end date on or after 31 March 2016 … Continue Reading

A look into a draft guidance for the Modern Slavery Act UK 2015

Last week, David Whincup, Head of our London Employment practice, wrote a post in the Employment Law Worldview Blog about the draft of the statutory guidance for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. My word, you think, if this is the seventh draft, what on earth must versions one to six have been like?  Following … Continue Reading

Read our Article in Compliance Week Regarding Compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

We have posted before on the newly-enacted UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (see here and here).  We were honored recently to be interviewed by Compliance Week concerning compliance with this new law.  As the article notes, we are all still awaiting further guidance, anticipated this month, regarding what companies need to do to comply. One point … Continue Reading

Modern Slavery Act 2015: 10 Key Points for Businesses

  Our colleagues at the Employment Law Worldview Blog have put together a helpful guide of 10 key points on the new requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.  The guide provides an excellent breakdown of important points  such as how businesses will be affected by the new disclosure obligation and what steps businesses should be taking … Continue Reading

See Our Interview Concerning California Transparency Lawsuits in Inside Counsel Magazine!

Last week, we had the great honor of talking with Amy Stickel at Inside Counsel Magazine about the recently filed California lawsuits based on companies’ California Transparency in Supply Chain Disclosure Act statements and/or their internal supply chain policies.  Previously, we’ve written about these lawsuits in this blog here and here. With Amy, we discussed how these lawsuits … Continue Reading

Defending Against New-Style Supply Chain Litigation (Or, There Are Teeth in the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act – Don’t Get Bitten) (Or, More Cases Filed)

Last week, we posted about the newly-filed consumer class action against Costco in federal court in San Francisco, based on Costco’s disclosure under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.  As we noted, this is the first case of its kind, in which plaintiffs’ lawyers are seeking injunctions, restitution and other damages for a putative … Continue Reading

Litigation Fallout From All This Supply Chain Transparency Legislation (Or, These Things Have Teeth!) (Or, The Cycle of Misfortune)

In previous posts, we’ve talked about emerging legislation designed to increase visibility and transparency in supply chains to bring about desirable social ends.  We’ve discussed, for instance, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, both of which require companies to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply … Continue Reading

The UK Modern Slavery Act (Or, The UK Just Got A Lot More Like California) (Or, A Domestic Anti-Slavery Law With International Implications)

Bonded labor.  Indentured servitude.  Human trafficking.  These are terms for modern slavery, essentially obtaining or holding another person in compelled service.  The UN’s International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are enslaved around the world, generating approximately $150 billion a year in profits. Earlier this year as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention … Continue Reading

Coming to America: Foreign Manufacturers Looking to Produce in the U.S.

There’s been buzz about Keer Group lately, the Chinese textile company that opened a cotton mill this year in South Carolina.  China has long been seen as the global capital of textile manufacturing, due in part to their low production costs and seemingly endless supply of cheap labor.  But Keer Group found the rising costs in … Continue Reading

Seeing the Future (Or, Supply Chain Visibility) (Or, See Our Article in ISM Magazine)

Supply chain visibility is a known trend in the corporate world.  Operationally, end-to-end visibility has become the gold standard in supply chain management, with best practices companies being the first to achieve meaningful visibility into what their suppliers are doing.  But how do you achieve visibility?  And presuming that you have visibility, what do you track? … Continue Reading

Supply chain survey: POLITICO Europe’s look into what the European Commission is requesting

Recently the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has launched a sector inquiry into e-commerce in the EU.  The aim is to gain a better understanding of possible antitrust concerns within the supply chain structure of Europe’s online marketplace.  Businesses in all 28 EU Member States are being asked to provide data that may shed light on … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Disputes With China (Or, How To Protect Your Interests) (Or, How To Avoid Really Pointless Litigation)

In terms of supply chain relationships, China is often alluring.  Known as a low cost manufacturing country, China (among other non-US locations) often strikes some industrial buyers as a good place from which to source components, or to assemble finished goods.  Chinese contract manufacturers (CMs) are amongst the largest in the world, and can provide … Continue Reading

The Legal Aspects Of Reshoring (Or, Be Sure You Have The Right To Terminate) (Or, Talking With Derek Handova of B2B Network News)

Is your business considering reshoring its manufacturing operations or supply chain?  Reshoring is the latest trend in manufacturing.  There are often significant advantages to reshoring.  Plus, many view the reshoring movement as patriotic.  If your company is thinking about reshoring its manufacturing operations or its supply chain, however, be sure to consider the legal implications of moving back … 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

Some Really Good Supply Chain Press This Week!

This week, our Squire Patton Boggs global supply chain legal team has gotten some really good press! On Friday, March 6, 2015, Inside Counsel Magazine interviewed Sarah Rathke on “How to Hammer out Supply Chain Contract Issues.”  In this article, we discuss best practices for drafting supply chain agreements and avoiding disputes.  One of the … Continue Reading

Riding the Reshoring Wave

Much has been written in recent times about reshoring: the practice of bringing manufacturing and services back to the US, the UK and other originating countries for a variety of reasons after “off-shoring” and extending supply chains for decades, but primarily for the cost play, and often leading to the “hollowing out” of the local … Continue Reading

See Our Article in “Supply Management, the Procurement and Supply Website”

As many of our readers know, we not only write for this blog, but we also work with other publications.  This week, we were published in “Supply Management, the Procurement and Supply Website,” a resource for executives and supply chain personnel.  Since the publication’s audience is primarily from the UK, we wrote about the legal … Continue Reading

See Our Interview on Talking Logistics!

Sometimes at the Global Supply Chain Law Blog, we talk to others in the industry about the legal aspects of developing successful supply chain relationships.  This week, we were fortunate to be invited on Adrian Gonzales’ “Talking Logistics” show.  We talked about the recent case of GT Advanced and Apple and what companies can do … Continue Reading
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