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Generic Drug Manufacturers to be Investigated by HHS for Recent Price Hikes

On April 13, 2015, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services announced in a letter to Senator Bernard Sanders (I. VT), that it would investigate recent price hikes for generic drugs. Generic...more

Preliminary Framework Agreed Upon to Reduce Iran’s Nuclear Program

On April 2, the United States, along with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU (the “P5+1”), agreed with Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). The JCPOA is a preliminary framework to reduce...more

OFAC Announces Settlement with Money Services Business for Violations of Sanctions Programs

On March 23, Department of the Treasury’s OFAC announced a settlement agreement with a large money services business (MSB) for failing to implement an effective compliance program “to identify, interdict, and prevent...more

'Protectionism' In M&A: A Mixed Picture

When a national ‘champion’ is at stake, lively political and media debate often follows, sometimes even where the sector involved is not particularly ‘sensitive’. This is unsurprising in markets facing slow economic growth...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - March 2015

Customs and Border Protection Issues Update on Enforcement of Trade Orders - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its second AD/CVD Update in late January. As explained in the January 2015 edition of the...more

CFIUS Review of Foreign Investment in U.S. Businesses Involving U.S. National Security Considerations

The United States has a long history of welcoming foreign investment. As the United States works its way out of the current recession, U.S. companies are increasingly looking for that investment. As a general rule, U.S. laws...more

The European Commission 2014-2019

President-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced on September 10 the allocation of responsibilities in his team and the way work will be organised in the European Commission once it takes office. The most important...more

Congress Considers Transportation Appropriations Provisions, Other Legislation Impacting Aviation

On Capitol Hill, legislators are working to pass a Transportation Appropriations bill that will fund aviation programs during the 2015 fiscal year. As part of the appropriations process, members of the House and Senate are...more

Europe: National data protection authorities should be independent

Following a series of previous judgments, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed in the case of the Commission v Hungary (case C-288/12) the independence of national data protection authorities in the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 14, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International Trade Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

"Ontario Speech From The Throne", Focus On Public Policy, February 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, the Honourable David Onley, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, delivered the Wynne government’s Speech from the Throne in the Ontario legislature. Entitled The Way Forward, this speech officially...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office;...more

Update on INTERPOL's Red Notice for TCI's Michael Misick: Part 2

In the last post, I addressed the latest events in the case of Michael Misick, former Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Today's post is a continuation of that discussion and an update of a related post from earlier...more

Legal Index: Citizenship Under The United States Constitution

This legal index is a guide to citizenship under the United States Constitution since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each entry, being a legal topic, is supplemented with legal authority, which is quoted, cited,...more

Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security By Shannon Doyle

On October 8, 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“the Committee”) published a report declaring two Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE, to be threats...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2012

In This Issue: - 01 U.S.-China Trade Concerns Highlighted In Report To Congress - 02 Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security - 03 Administration Announces Manufacturing...more

U.S. Eases Burma (Myanmar) Import Ban

On November 16, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. would begin to allow imports from Burma (Myanmar), ending a decade-old ban on Burmese imports. The decision, published in a joint announcement by the U.S....more

China Update - November 20, 2012

In This Issue: Quotes of The Week; U.S.- China relations; Trade; and Energy & Environment. - Excerpt from Quotes of The Week - “It’s important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and...more

Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations Impose New Restrictions on U.S. Business in Iran

As we reported last month, the Obama administration continues to display a commitment to increasingly tough sanctions against Iran and its trading partners. Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office...more

Conclusion of 18th Party Congress Sets New Leadership for China

In a significant, once-in-a-decade transition in leadership, Xi Jinping assumes the role of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China. The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- November 19, 2012

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; House of Representatives; CFPB; SEC; CFTC; OCC; DOL; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week Now that the election is behind us (for...more

El Congreso de México Aprueba la Iniciativa de Reforma a la Ley Federal del Trabajo: Qué Impacto Tendría la Reforma Para las...

Después de mucho debate ante las Cámaras de Diputados y Senadores, con manifestaciones públicas de apoyo y rechazo, el día 13 de noviembre de 2012, el Congreso aprobó la iniciativa de reforma a la Ley Federal del Trabajo...more

Mexico's Congress Approves Initiative to Reform the Labor Law: What the Reform Will Mean for Employers with Operations in Mexico

After much debate before Mexico's House of Representatives and Senate, as well as public demonstrations both in support and in opposition, on November 13, 2012, Congress approved an initiative to reform the Federal Labor Law...more

INTERPOL' Elections: The Executive Committee

INTERPOL's annual General Assembly was recently held in Rome. Now that the GA has come to a close, we have been discussing some of the decisions made during the meetings. In the last post, the President of INTERPOL was the...more

Four More Years – The Enforcement Outlook

The election is over. Whew!! Washington, D.C. is slowly getting back to “normal.” The question now is what changes, if any, will occur in the enforcement arena....more

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