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“Meat” Decision Could Mean New Life For Conflict Minerals Rule

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August 26, 2014

In April of this year, a panel of the DC Circuit ruled that a provision of the SEC Conflict Minerals Rule that requires companies to report if their products have not been found to be “conflict-free” is unconstitutional, as compelled speech. But in late July the same court, in an en banc opinion, held that required country-of-origin labeling of meat products is not unconstitutional. A post in Husch Blackwell’s Securities Law Insider blog explains why the outcome in American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture makes it more likely that the full DC Circuit court will choose to revisit the conflict minerals case, National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC.

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