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Some of those advising the companies about the law say the firms find it hard to discover the origin of their supplies.

have clients that have literally tens of thousands of suppliers, said Michael Littenberg, a partner at New York law firm Schulte Roth Zabel.

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few companies showed any due diligence, Bruce Calder, vice president of consulting services at Claigan, said in a presentation.

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companies have figured out that isn the right approach and the NGOs (non governmental organizations) have also been pretty vocal that they don want to see companies boycotting the region, cheap canada goose uk he said.

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