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President Trump Issues Two Executive Orders on Trade and Customs Enforcement, and Trade Deficits

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EOs) that address trade. The first EO addresses increased enforcement of U.S. trade and customs laws and specifically calls for plans and strategies to combat the...more

Congress Approves Resolution to Rescind SEC’s Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Rule

Key Points - - Congress acts to repeal the SEC’s Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Rule. - Full repeal is subject to President Trump’s signature. - Once enacted, all future administrations...more

SEC Calls for Comments on Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation and Guidance

On January 31, 2017, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, issued two statements calling for comments on the SEC’s enforcement of the conflict minerals reporting requirements of...more

Executive Order Suspends the Admission of Certain Immigrants and Nonimmigrants from Seven Countries and the U.S. Refugee...

On January 27, 2017, President Trump announced restrictions on entry to the United States by several categories of non-citizens. The EO titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” cites...more

2016 Postelection Regulatory Report

The results of the U.S. presidential election are historic and unanticipated, and they will have significant economic, political, legal and social implications. As we prepare for the Trump presidency, many uncertainties...more

CBP’s Informed Compliance Letters Notify Importers That an Audit or Enforcement Action May Follow

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued letters to major U.S. importers that encourage the recipients to review their recent trade data and CBP’s Informed Compliance Publications (ICPs), and remind them of...more

CBP Releases New Regulations on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Evasion, Which Take Immediate Effect

CBP has released the highly anticipated AD/CV duty evasion regulations, which promulgate an administrative procedure for investigating AD/CV duty evasion allegations that CBP must follow. The regulations will undoubtedly...more

Congress Passes MTB Reform Legislation

Congress has enacted new legislation, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. companies whose imported goods require the payment of tariffs (i.e., normal...more

A Loophole in CBP’s Forced Labor Statute Just Closed, and Every U.S. Importer Should Take Note

The Forced Labor Statute and the Amendment - In February, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Obama enacted, the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFEA). Among its provisions is an amendment to the...more

The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 Is on its Way to the President’s Desk

Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 75-20 to agree to the conference report on H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (the “Act”) sending the legislation to President Obama’s desk for enactment. The Act...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands Scope of Counterfeit Information to Which Trademark Owners Are Entitled

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule on September 18, 2015, that implements procedures for sharing information about imported merchandise with trademark owners for purposes of determining whether...more

U.S. District Court Rules that SEC Must File Expedited Schedule for Issuing Rule on Resource Extraction Reporting

In an unusual case, a U.S. district court in Massachusetts ruled on September 2, 2015, that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must file with the Court an “expedited schedule” for promulgating the final “resource...more

Court of Appeals Confirms that Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirement is Unconstitutional

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its April 2014 decision in NAM v. SEC, where it held that certain portions of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting requirements unconstitutionally...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

D.C. Circuit to Rehear Conflict Minerals Case

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the SEC’s motion to rehear the court’s decision in NAM v. SEC. As covered in previous blog posts, the court’s NAM decision held that portions of...more

The effect of the American Meat Institute Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule

As we have discussed over the last few months, the fate of the conflict minerals rule has been uncertain. In April 2014, in the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) case, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit...more

SEC Petitions for Rehearing of First Amendment Issues in Conflict Minerals Case

On May 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a rehearing of the First Amendment issues in the conflict minerals case. The SEC, however,...more

Conflict Minerals Update: Court Denies NAM's Motion to Enjoin Enforcement, SEC’s June 2 Deadline Remains In Effect

On May 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a per curium order denying the motion filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) to stay the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule....more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Issues Per Curiam Order in Conflict Minerals Case

On May 7, 2014 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit filed a per curiam order in response to the appellant’s emergency motion for stay of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Files Emergency Motion for Stay with D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Following through on its April 30 statement, the National Association of Manufacturers, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, filed an emergency motion for stay of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: SEC Issues Order Confirming Guidance and Denies NAM Motion for Stay

On May 2, 2014, the SEC issued an order partially staying its Conflict Minerals Rule. Essentially, the order reiterates the SEC’s April 29, 2014, guidance that the Commission will not require companies subject to the conflict...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Motion for Stay

As mentioned below, on April 29, 2014, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable filed a motion for stay with the SEC. The motion requested that the SEC stay its final...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: SEC Guidance and NAM Motion for Stay

The SEC issued guidance on its interpretation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision that certain portions of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting requirements violate the First Amendment...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Holds That Portion of Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the pending court challenge to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was promulgated in 2012 by the Securities and...more

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

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