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Enjoy Your Labor Day!

The Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We’ll be back to our regular posting soon. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!  … Continue reading this entry

$3 Million Spoliation Sanction Despite Company’s Litigation Hold

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Manufacturers involved in litigation must properly preserve electronically-stored information (“ESI”) or potentially face daunting sanctions. A recent antitrust case, however, demonstrates that lessons—multi-million dollar lessons—remain to be learned about how to satisfy the duty to preserve evidence. The Delaware federal court clearly delivered this message by imposing a $3 million sanction, plus associated fees and … Continue reading this entry

Potential Antitrust Implications of Most Favored Nation Clauses

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In the manufacturing industry, parties have turned to most favored nation (MFN) clauses—or clauses having the same effect—as a means to assure the lowest possible input costs. MFN clauses offer pro-competitive, cost-saving benefits including efficiencies in negotiations; buyers need not haggle for the last nickel in cost reduction when an MFN clause guarantees the best … Continue reading this entry

Top Trends to Watch for in 2016

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Cybersecurity Manufacturers continued to face challenges and find opportunities related to cybersecurity in 2015, and those trends can only be expected to intensify in 2016. New laws and new threats (discussed in more detail here and here) have either incentivized or required manufacturers to evaluate their cybersecurity strengths and weaknesses, then capitalize on the former and … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Manufacturing on the Rise in Florida

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When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism — amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches — or Florida’s world-famous citrus — oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps Florida’s best kept secret: Florida’s manufacturing sector is surging forward. In recent years, Floridians have become accustomed to Governor Rick Scott announcing manufacturing jobs being created … Continue reading this entry

Bring on the Bots!

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While what constitutes “advanced” constantly evolves, advanced robotic systems have been a reality on manufacturing floors since at least the 1970s. These technological advancements can reduce costs, increase productivity, fulfill unmet needs, replace labor, create new industries, and more. Issues, which have been discussed for decades, related to developments in robotics still concern people today. … Continue reading this entry

Stopping Products Liability Claims Is Cheaper Than Defending Them

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While manufacturers inevitably face products-liability claims, certain business practices could enable your company to limit or even prevent exposure. Being sued on the basis of products liability costs companies in a variety of ways. Manufacturers may be able to avoid or limit these costs by implementing the below practices.… Continue reading this entry

Class Action Lawsuits – Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Component Manufacturers

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Manufacturers of components incorporated into consumer products increasingly find themselves involved in product liability class action lawsuits. Manufacturers can be drawn into these types of lawsuits when their own customer (the end manufacturer of the final product) gets sued and comes knocking on the manufacturer’s door. Manufacturers also may be named as defendants directly by … Continue reading this entry

2014: An Exciting and Challenging Time for American Manufacturing

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2014, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s inaugural year, marked an exciting but challenging time for American manufacturers. In our final blog post for the year, we will highlight some of the trends and developments we noted in 2014, with links to our earlier observations. Here, at Foley & Lardner, we aim to do more than monitor … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

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During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Recognizing Leaders in Manufacturing

This month we salute two organizations for raising the profile of leaders in the manufacturing industry. First is the Manufacturing Institute for presenting the 2015 STEP Awards. We encourage readers to nominate a peer or colleague for this prestigious national award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership at all levels … Continue reading this entry

The First Legal Innovation Hub for NextGen Manufacturers

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Will you and I witness the next “industrial revolution?” Consider how dramatically manufacturing is advancing in today’s economy. With astonishing speed, manufacturers are applying 21st century technology to produce state-of-the-art, enterprise-wide systems that support ongoing process improvements and ever-changing business partners. Manufacturers are reconfiguring their factories, returning to the U.S., and educating their workforces to … Continue reading this entry