US appeals court says parts of conflict minerals rule are unconstitutional

August 18, 2015 3:35 PM

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WASHINGTON Aug 18 A U.S. appeals court declared on Tuesday that a portion of the Securities and Exchange Commission's "conflict minerals" rule violates companies' free speech, handing a partial victory to the corporate trade groups that had challenged the regulation.

The SEC's conflict minerals rule requires companies to disclose if their products contain certain minerals from a war-torn part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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