Reprinted with the permission of The Legal Intelligencer.

June 2 marked the deadline for reporting companies to file their disclosures on conflict minerals as required under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) conflict minerals rule. The SEC had estimated that about 6,000 companies would be affected by the conflict minerals rule. On April 14, just weeks before the deadline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that certain requirements under the SEC rule violated the First Amendment while upholding other provisions being challenged by trade groups. This article discusses the conflict minerals rule, litigation against the SEC as a result of the rule, and the current landscape of reporting in the aftermath of the circuit court's decision. ... 

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