Benjamin Cote

Benjamin Cote

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Redefining U.S. Export Controls: Takeaways from Key Changes Effective September 1st

On September 1, 2016 new rules previously published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will become...more

9/6/2016 - BIS DDTC EAR Export Controls ITAR US Department of State

Redefining U.S. Export Controls: Takeaways from Key Changes Effective September 1st

On September 1, 2016 new rules previously published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)1 and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)2 will become...more

9/2/2016 - BIS Cloud Computing Corporate Counsel Data Security DDTC Digital Data Encryption Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports ITAR Modification Passwords

US Terminates Arms Embargo Policy for Vietnam

On May 23, 2016, during President Obama’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the United States announced the termination its long-standing arms embargo policy for Vietnam. Exports of defense articles and defense services to Vietnam...more

5/25/2016 - Arms Embargo DDTC ITAR Trans-Pacific Partnership

Lacey Act Lessons from the Lumber Liquidators $13 Million Settlement: Has the Definition of “Due Care” Been Expanded?

On October 7, 2015, Lumber Liquidators agreed to plead guilty to five criminal charges, including one felony, stemming from the purchase and import of certain wood products through three separate Chinese suppliers. The plea...more

10/21/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance Corporate Counsel Criminal Prosecution Due Care Felonies Guilty Pleas Illegal Imports Lacey Act Plea Agreements wood

Doing Business in the United States

In This Book: - Choice Of A Business Entity - Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - From Let’s Go Shopping To Closing: M&A Process In The United States - Employment Considerations -...more

10/16/2014 - Business Formation Choice of Entity Commercial Real Estate Market Corporate Taxes Dispute Resolution Energy Policy Environmental Policies Foreign Investment Immigration Procedures Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act Trade Agreements

Feds’ Reliance on Environmental Activism Underscores Need for Lacey Act Compliance

The search warrant recently executed by U.S. Customs and Fish and Wildlife Service agents on a Virginia-based flooring wholesaler surrounded allegations that the company had illegally imported wood in violation of the Lacey...more

2/19/2014 - Activist Endangered Species Environmental Crimes Environmental Review Illegal Imports Lacey Act Natural Resources US Fish and Wildlife Service

Obama Administration Moves Forward With Export Control Reform

On March 7 and 8, 2013, President Obama took two important steps to further U.S. export control reform. First, the President notified Congress of the proposed transfer of certain items relating to aircraft and gas turbine...more

3/18/2013 - Arms Export Control Act Barack Obama Executive Orders Export Administration Regulations Exports Imports ITAR U.S. Commerce Department US Munitions List

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