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From Supply Chain Management Review: Talking Supply Chain Podcast: The Legal Blacksmith

This is from Supply Chain Management Review‘s  Talking Supply Chain Podcast.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. Partner Sarah Rathke, who co-authored The Legal Blacksmith with Rosemary Coates, discusses the legal implications of today’s supply chain crisis including the disputes supply chain partners face due to disruptions and labor and materials shortages with Bob … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Restructuring GlobalView Blog – Supply Chain Risk and Increasing Costs: How Are UK Businesses Building Resilience?

This is a Cross-Post from the Restructuring GlobalView Blog.  Please contact Simon Garbett with any questions.  Partner Simon Garbett discusses the impact on the supply chain following the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions in the UK.  To learn how UK businesses are addressing the supply chain issues, read the full article here.… Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021

Partner Sarah Rathke is pleased to present “Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021” on December 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. EDT. This webinar will discuss the causes of the current supply chain logjams, put them into historical context and will outline various paths forward. As the holidays approach, our sponsor and our … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Reuters: AI fixes for supply chain logjams carry legal risks

This is a Cross-Post by Reuters.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. Partner Sarah Rathke discussed with Reuters on how A.I. and digital twin technology can aid to help solve supply chain disruptions and the potential data privacy complications companies might encounter when  sharing detailed supply chain data.  You can view the video interview … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Am Law Litigation Daily – Squire Patton Boggs Litigator and Supply Chain Expert Sarah Rathke on the ‘Mess All Over the System’

This is an article published by The Am Law Litigation Daily.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. The global pandemic has landed the manufacturing supply chain in unchartered territory.  SPB Partner Sarah Rathke recently spoke with Am Law Litigation Daily to discuss the supply chain mess from a legal perspective.  The article here recaps … Continue Reading

Cross-Post From Capital Thinking Blog – Lawmakers Propose New Import Ban Targeting Commodities Produced on Illegally Deforested Land

This is a Cross-Post from the Capital Thinking Blog.  Please contact Ludmilla Kasulke and Yiannis Vandris with any questions.  Recent legislation aimed at reducing commodity-driven illegal deforestation around the world calls for transparency in companies’ global supply chains.  Our colleagues Ludmilla Kasulke and Yiannis Vandris discuss the details of the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law … Continue Reading

Cross-Post From Capital Thinking Blog – Update: Biden Officials Request Comments on Challenges Facing Key Sectoral Supply Chain Disputes

This is a Cross-Post from Capital Thinking blog.  Please contact Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions. As Milla Kasulke reports at our Capital Thinking Blog, the Department of Defense is seeking comments on four supply chain topics identified by the agency, in connection with President Biden’s February 24, 2021 Executive Order entitled, “America’s Supply Chains.”  Comments … Continue Reading

We’re In The WSJ!

We made the Wall Street Journal today in an article discussing recent efforts by suppliers to provide for greater price flexibility in their supply chain contracts, quoting supply chain partner Sarah Rathke. While price escalation clauses are well known in some industries (for instance, energy) and in some geographical markets (for instance, at times, in … Continue Reading

Trend Alert: Federal Oversight of Unaccompanied Minor Labor Trafficking Targets Agricultural Sector

Companies based or doing business in agricultural areas in the U.S. could soon be under increased scrutiny from the federal government, including Congressional investigators, stemming from labor trafficking of unaccompanied migrant children and teens. This year alone, over 90,000 minors attempted to cross the U.S.  When stopped at or near the border, the children are … Continue Reading

Owners of Colonial Pipeline Hit With Class Action Regarding Allegedly Deficient Cybersecurity Following Hack, Showing All Data Breaches Carry Litigation Risk

This is a Cross-Post from Consumer Privacy World. Please contact Kristin Bryan with any questions. Well, that took no time at all. On May 19, 2021, the first class action was filed against the owners of the Colonial Pipeline by a putative class of customers, based on alleged elevated fuel prices as a result of the cyberattack. … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Colonial Pipeline Hack – Understanding cyber-attacks, supply chain breaks and data breach litigation issues

Please join us on Tuesday, May 25 at noon EDT for Colonial Pipeline Hack – Understanding cyber-attacks, supply chain breaks and data breach litigation issues. Over the last week, Americans have been riveted by scenes of panic buying at the pump after a ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline, a critical source of fuel … Continue Reading

Can Importers Challenge Section 307 Detentions in Federal Court? The First Test Case

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is stepping up enforcement of U.S. laws prohibiting the importation of goods made with forced, indentured, or prison labor.  While existing regulations provide importers with recourse to seek release of improperly detained shipments, these procedures can be challenging to navigate and may require legal action. On April 15, Virtus … Continue Reading

Strategies for Responding to Withhold Release Orders

This is a Cross-Post from ISM.  Please contact Sarah Rathke, Ludmilla Kasulke, Marisa Darden, and Ericka Johnson with any questions. With increased global supply chain awareness and monitoring, there has been a parallel increase in border actions prohibiting or suspending the importation of goods made with forced or child labor.  Accordingly, Squire Patton Boggs’ supply … Continue Reading

CBP Likely To Issue More WROs Based on Forced Labor Allegations

Recent developments in Congress and now unprecedented action by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) likely signal increased supply chain enforcement may be coming – and US importers should take notice. As discussed in our previous blog entry, on March 18, 2021, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, “Fighting Forced Labor: Closing Loopholes … Continue Reading

Big Changes to the Buy American Act for US Government Contractors

Recent modifications to regulations and federal government acquisition policies portend big change for contractors across the US, and their suppliers around the world. Breaking away from traditional political positions, former President Donald Trump and newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden each took steps in January 2021 to revise Buy American Act (BAA) requirements, which could have significant … Continue Reading

Congress Contemplates National Manufacturing Guard Act of 2021

As almost every industry has discovered, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in American supply chains.  The sudden and severe lock-down on international shipping and materials and components shortages have made it clear how dependent United States consumers are on other countries.  A number of U.S. Senators therefore have introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to directly … Continue Reading

Trend Alert:  Increased US Oversight of Forced Labor in Supply Chains

Continuing the trend toward increased oversight of forced labor in supply chains (see our post from last week on groundbreaking German legislation in this space), on March 18, 2021, the US Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on “fighting forced labor.”  Specifically, the hearing will focus on “[c]losing the loopholes and improving customs enforcement … Continue Reading

Germany Considers Enacting First-Ever Law Requiring Companies To Both Monitor And Control Supply Chain Practices

Earlier this month, the German government resolved to approve a new supply chain law that would impose unprecedented obligations on German companies to control labor and control practices – not only of their own operations, but within their supplier as well.  Determining that “voluntary compliance” supply chain laws, which require companies to monitor and report … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Please join us for 2021 Outlook: Rail Industry Trends

Please join us on Thursday, March 18 at 1PM EDT for 2021 Outlook:  Rail Industry Trends. In partnership with Commtrex and Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance, Risk Management and Consulting, we have assembled a panel of industry leaders who will provide keen insights into current issues and trends regarding the ever-evolving future of rail, including the … Continue Reading

Cross Post from Legal Era: “Product Liability in Asia”

This is a Cross-Post from Legal Era.   Please contact Sarah Rathke, David Goh or Bindu Janardhanan with any questions. SPB Hong Kong partners  David Goh and Bindu Janardhanan recently published an article in Legal Era magazine discussing the development of product liability law in Asia and the driving force in the increasing awareness of consumer rights … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from CompanyWeek: The new American manufacturing policy should be clear: No job left behind

This is a Cross-Post from CompanyWeek.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. It is a new age, and the US faces challenges when competing against the global manufacturing leader, China.  The article here recaps a recent panel discussion sponsored by CompanyWeek (on which SPB partner Sarah Rathke was a panelist), discussing how American manufacturing policy would benefit US … Continue Reading

Interview with DC Velocity: China and U.S. face “reckoning” over trade disruptions in 2021

Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. SPB supply chain lawyer Sarah Rathke was interviewed by Ben Ames of DC Velocity regarding the potential international trade disruptions with China in 2021.  Sarah discusses the potential challenges facing the Chinese international trade supply chain and the difficulties in predicting Chinese policies this year.  You can read the full … Continue Reading

Interview with Supply Chain Dive: Biden invokes DPA to combat supply shortages, but experts say it’s no ‘magic wand’

Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. Through a recent executive order, the Biden administration has the authority to use the Defense Production Act (DPA).  Recently, SPB supply chain lawyer Sarah Rathke was interviewed by the Supply Chain Dive concerning use of the DPA.  The Supply Chain Dive article here explains how the DPA order will require … Continue Reading
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