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Trade Bills Continue to Forge Ahead to the Finish Line

On May 14, the Senate passed customs reauthorization trade preference legislation and gave an affirmative cloture vote for the Trade Promotion Authority Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. As part of a...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

Iran's Upstream Oil and Gas Sector: An Update on Sanctions, Nuclear Talks and the New Petroleum Contract

Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves and second largest natural gas reserves, UN, U.S. and EU sanctions relating to its nuclear program have significantly affected Iran's...more

Checklists of Foreign Countries for U.S. Firms Engaged in International Transactions

Countries Subject to Various Restrictions by the U.S., EU, and UN - Following are checklists of countries that are subject to a variety of U.S. and EU-imposed restrictions affecting international trade. The countries...more

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more

Global Procurement Quarterly - Summer/Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement – First Half of 2014 - Ukraine/Russia–Related Sanctions - New Executive Order Places Additional Reporting Obligations on Government Contractors and...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Despite Hurdles, U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Poised for Growth - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of...more

No New Export Licenses For Items, Services, or Information Destined For Russia — Be Careful with Russian Nationals in the U.S.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the two offices in charge of issuing export licenses for controlled dual-use and defense...more

Crimea River: U.S. Rushes to Impose Sanctions

The situation with respect to U.S. sanctions related to Russia and Ukraine is evolving rapidly. As we previously reported, on March 6, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13660, which authorized the blocking of...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Cuba Practice Update -- May 16, 2013

Law to Punish Companies with Cuba Ties Struck Down - Last week, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami declared unconstitutional a 2012 Florida law intended to prevent foreign companies with ties to Cuba — or...more

June 8, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

October 26, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

October 11, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Citizenship and Domicile: Before and After the Fourteenth Amendment

A citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution, has a domicile in a particular State. A citizen of the United States, under Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment has only a residence in a...more

What was the holding of the Slaughterhouse Cases?

The Slaughterhouse Cases held, one, that citizenship of a State was separate and distinct from citizenship of the United States; that a citizen of a State was separate and distinct from a citizen of the United States. ...more

Is it really a budget to fuel growth? Comments on the UK Budget

The House of Commons had more than the usual level of heckling, shouting and pointing last week as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, presented his budget to the House – to a growing bombast of “hear hear” from...more

Shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities IN and OF the several States

Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of Constitution was modified by the Fourteenth Amendment, in particular, Section 1, Clause 2. This was determined by the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Slaughterhouse Cases. ...more

Increased Iranian Sanctions: Washington Responds to Continued Nuclear Development by Tehran

On July 1, 2010, President Barack Obama, preceded by Congressional voting signaling overwhelming support, signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act ("Act"). The Act is an effort by the...more

Administration to Expedite Encryption Reviews and Amend ITAR Citizenship Definition

In comments released on March 12, 2010, the Administration announced that it will be shifting the current encryption review request process under 15 C.F.R. section 740.17 to an on-line system, with the objective of reducing...more

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