Looming Counterfeits Rule Threatens Higher Contractor Costs

Law360, New York (November 21, 2012, 9:08 PM EST) -- As the U.S. Department of Defense weighs new regulations aimed at removing counterfeit electronics from the military supply chain, contractors are bracing for a wide range of inevitable new costs, from new screening and compliance processes to dealing with a shrinking and more expensive supplier base, attorneys say.

The DOD’s upcoming regulations, initially due in October 2012, are mandated by Section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which creates sweeping anti-counterfeiting obligations for the government and its contractors.  Congress has been increasingly concerned...
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