Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers to be First in Line on Medical Supplies
Government Contracts Partner Eric Crusius was quoted in a Kaiser Health News article describing how the invocation of the Defense Production Act has affected companies, specifically highlighting 3M, which was ordered to stop exporting N95 masks to Latin America and Canada. Mr. Crusius explains that when a company receives a rated order as authorized by the act, it has to fill the federal government's order before anyone else's.
"It relieves companies from having to decide which state or hospital or foreign government gets the goods first, said Eric Crusius, a partner at Washington, D.C., firm Holland & Knight and a contract law specialist. It makes things simple—the federal government’s order is filled first."