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Meat Labeling Decision Could Bolster SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule

Joe Mont | July 31, 2014

A court decision in a legal battle over meat labeling requirements is could solidify the status of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements.

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against food producers, led by the American Meat Institute, who argued that a U.S. Department of Agriculture requirement to label meat produces with their country of origin was compelled speech, a violation of First Amendment protections, and that the government could only enforce such labeling if there was evidence of consumer deception.  A similar tactic has been deployed by critics of conflict minerals disclosures who claim that...

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