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Supplier Selection, Choosing Wisely

Anne-Liese Heinichen
05/02/2019

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford’s character is forced by a Nazi cooperator to find the Holy Grail to save his father from certain death. From a table replete with various different chalices, the evil Nazi incorrectly chooses the most ornate one and subsequently dies. The Crusader knight that has been guarding the Grail admonishes, “he chose poorly”. Indiana Jones picks the simple wooden chalice by intuitively guessing it would be the cup of a carpenter (Jesus) and saves the day. The Crusader knight confirms his choice with, “you have chosen wisely”. Unfortunately, selecting a supplier for your organization is not as cut and dry as in the movies. Recent examples reported by ERAI highlight extra steps that you should take prior to adding a company to your AVL.

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Legal liability for counterfeits extends to online service providers - what this means to ERAI Members

Anne-Liese Heinichen
11/20/2014

On November 4, 2014, the Turkish Supreme Court ruled that online service providers can be held liable for contributory infringement when they knowingly host websites or online listings that sell counterfeit products. This case between a cosmetics company and a hosting provider found that online service providers bear legal responsibility if they have received notice that a vendor is selling counterfeit products but refuse to or fail to take any action against the vendor and/or listing.

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