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Trade & Manufacturing Alert - August 2017

USTR Issues NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives - On July 17, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer released the Trump Administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - August 2017

Progress Continues Toward Additive Manufacturing Standards - In late July, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes), the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - July 2017

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda - In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new...more

Senate Passes Russia Sanctions Bill

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 97-2 a measure to codify, strengthen, and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S....more

Proposed EU Legislation Seeks Increased Access to Cloud Data

On June 7, 2017 the European Commission (“EC”) confirmed that it intends to introduce legislation to enhance law enforcement officials’ abilities to gather cloud-based data from major technology companies across the European...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2017

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway - On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2017

President Trump Issues Two Additional Trade-Related Executive Orders - On April 29, 2017, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders (EOs) on issues related to international trade: (1) a Presidential Executive...more

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway

On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan support as a nominee, Mr. Lighthizer’s confirmation was delayed for months in order to...more

6/20/2017  /  NAFTA , Trump Administration , USTR

New Russia Sanctions Legislation

The U.S. Senate passed this week a measure to codify, strengthen and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S. Presidential election, and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2017

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficits - On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International...more

Australia And China Establish Cybersecurity Agreement

On April 21, 2017, Australia and China forged an agreement to expand their cybersecurity cooperation. This agreement emerged as part of the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue held in Sydney. ...more

OMB Publishes Report On Cybersecurity In 2016

On March 10, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released its annual report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. The report compiles fiscal year 2016 information from...more

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ of Certiorari Over Sino Legend’s Trade Secret Theft Challenge

On January 9, 2017, the Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari submitted by Sino Legend Chemical Co., Ltd. (Sino) in litigation stemming from SI Group, Inc.’s (SI) Section 337 complaint. In a Section 337...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

New York Department of Financial Services Intensifies AML Enforcement Under New Superintendent

Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), Maria T. Vullo, has focused the Department’s efforts on enforcement of New York’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) laws. Since her confirmation on June...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), an agency within the U.S. Treasury Department, has put forth an Advisory on the FATFIdentified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of...more

Presidential “Notice” Triggers New Iran Sanctions Designations

On February 3, 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury added twenty-five individuals and entities to its Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List. According to the White...more

OFAC Issues General License Authorizing Most Transactions with Sudan

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed Executive Order 13761 (“E.O. 13761”), “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions.” Effective July...more

OMB Issues Memo To Agencies Regarding Breaches Of Personally Identifiable Information

On January 3, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released to heads of executive departments and agencies a memorandum entitled Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information...more

President-Elect Trump Names Nominees for Key Trade Positions

Donald Trump has announced nominees for several key positions that will participate in the development of U.S. trade policy during his Administration. The nominees for Secretary of Commerce, State, and Treasury are business...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Cyber Crime

On October 25, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published an Advisory to Financial Institutions on Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crime and an accompanying Frequently Asked...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 2016

Commission Suspends ‘939 Investigation Enforcement Pending PTAB Result - On July 21, 2016, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice that it had found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Cinema...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

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