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 policies that will impact the Rail Industry under the Biden Administration, recent supply chain complications, and how best to manage risk moving forward.

Our expert panel includes:

  • Bill Shuster, former US Congressman and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Sarah Rathke, Supply Chain Expert, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Kevin Woods, National Director – Railroad Services, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

The panel will be moderated by Peter Gould, Denver Office Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs.

If you would you like to attend, please register here.

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 propelled by economic development within Asia.  To read more on the development, summary, and legislation/consumer protection within the Asian product liability landscape, the full article is available here.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Firm, its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates.  This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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 industries with the capability of reshoring domestic production.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Firm, its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates.  This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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 article here.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Firm, its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates.  This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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 suppliers of DPA-rated manufacturers to prioritize orders, provide government funding to companies to expand manufacturing capacity, and provide legal protection to the manufacturers.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Firm, its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates.  This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

DHS’s China “Strategic Action Plan” and Bringing Together China Supply Chains and China Policy

The year 2021 will likely be a year of geopolitical reckoning between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, which will inevitably have direct and indirect flow-down effects into US supply chains.  While the Biden Administration has not yet unveiled many specifics as to what its approach to China will be, on January 12, 2021, the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released its “Strategic Action Plan to Counter the Threat Posed by the People’s Republic of China” (the “Action Plan”), indicating what its viewpoint has been. The report details efforts by DHS to combat purported threats rising from the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), as well as strategies to address key potential vulnerabilities (whether or not actually implemented). The Action Plan addresses Border Security, Economic Security, Cybersecurity, and Maritime Security.

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Cross-Post from American University Business Law Review: Why Choose LTAs? An Empirical Study of Ohio Manufacturers’ Contractual Choices Through a Bargaining Lens

This is a Cross-Post from American University Business Law Review.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.

The  American University Business Law Review recently published an article entitled Why Choose LTAs? An Empirical Study of Ohio Manufacturers’ Contractual Choices Through a Bargaining Lens. In this study Case Western Reserve University Professor Juliet Kostritsky and now-Squire Patton Boggs Associate Jessica Ice address why and when suppliers choose to engage in Long Term Agreements (LTAs) and when they opt-out.

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Cross-Post from Employment Law Worldview:  EEOC Publishes Guidance on Employer Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies (US)

This is Cross-Post from Employment Law Worldview.  Please contact Daniel Pasternak with any questions.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) updated COVID-19 guidance indicates that employers can implement and enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.  The article here breaks down the key takeaways from EEOC’s updated COVID-19 guidance.

Cross-Post from Consumer Privacy World: ICE COLD MOVE: US Government Warns of Cybercriminals Targeting Cold Supply Chain for COVID-19 Vaccine

This is a Cross-Post from Consumer Privacy World.  Please contact Elliot Golding and Kristin Bryan with any questions.

Last week the US Homeland Security Department issued a warning regarding supply chain cyberattacks aimed at the cold chain delivery and storage of companies and government organizations responsible for the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines worldwide.  For further information on the warning and strategies to protect against these supply chain cyberattacks, read more here.

Cross-Post from Capital Thinking blog: Transition 2020 | Biden Pledges to Expand Buy American Policies, Promote Domestic Supply Chains

This is a Cross-Post from the Capital Thinking blog.  Please contact Perrin Brown and Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions.

President-Elect Biden has pledged to strengthen Buy American orders and to implement a “Made in America” tax credit and other federal incentives to “Build Back Better” economic plan the will impact international supply chains.  Read the full article here for further details on President-Elect Biden’s economic plan including the promised executive orders during his first week of office and his tax policies.

 

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