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The first filing deadline for the conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act is fast approaching. While the provision – requiring disclosure of the use of tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold sourced in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo – only directly applies to public manufacturers, the actual impact is much broader than anticipated, and many distributors aren’t sure of the steps they need to take to comply.

This article examines the conflict minerals rule and how its effects are being felt all along the supply chain. It also provides practical information on how distributors can prepare for helping customers comply with the new rule.

This article includes:

  • An overview of the SEC Final Rule on Conflict Minerals
  • Analysis of the broader impact of the rule
  • Steps for creating a game plan to address the rule's impact

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Companies looking to evade the growing cost of defending product liability suits are pushing liability up the supply chain. This article examines factors affecting distributor liability and includes tips from legal and liability insurance professionals on reducing risk.

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  • How the focus of liability has shifted
  • Why the risk has increased for distributors
  • How distributors can offset some of the risk of liability

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The prevalence of counterfeit products has grown in recent years, as the Internet and a global marketplace have increased their accessibility. The impact goes beyond financial. In several sectors, serious safety risks come with counterfeit goods. This article examines the scope of the problem, as well as how distributors and manufacturers can work together to combat it.

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  • The scope of the counterfeit problem
  • Risks associated with counterfeits
  • How distributors and manufacturers can work together against the problem

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