U.S. court says SEC’s conflict mineral ruling violates freedom of speech

The ruling is part of a mounting effort to get companies to reveal their products that contain any of the four minerals from war-torn regions, specifically in the DRC

Tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold are four of the most controversial minerals on the planet because of their origins in regions where human rights violations are common due in part to civil warfare. They are the four main conflict minerals that have become the center of aggressive regulation proposals in both the U.S. and Europe, with recent rulings in the U.S. somewhat turning the tables on the progression of strict transparency regarding companies that use these minerals.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a new set of guidelines earlier this month that oversee disclosure requirements within the Dodd-Frank Act that pertain to companies that deal with conflict minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the focal country that these guidelines concern themselves with, but also includes some of the surrounding regions. 

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to InsideCounsel.com, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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