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U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

Senate Passes Russia and Iran Sanctions Legislation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating sanctions against Russia and Iran and a 30-day congressional review period should the president attempt to reduce those sanctions....more

Environmental Notes - July 2017

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. The goal of the...more

United States Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. ...more

Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

By now, you’ve heard the Trump Administration is conducting a “Section 232 Investigation” into the effect of imported steel and aluminum products on national security. Here’s a primer on the topic....more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

ManattJones Global Strategies - June 2017

CEO Executive Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA beginning Aug. 16. While he and his Mexican counterpart set Dec. 15 as...more

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

The Paris Agreement: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement (the “Agreement”), describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States...more

No Accord: Summarizing the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Jones Day on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the "United States will cease all implementation" of the Paris Climate Accord. This Commentary provides a short summary of the impacts of President Trump's announcement....more

Canada Initiates Consultations with Industry on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dickinson Wright on

On June 3, 2017, the Government of Canada (“GOC”) announced in the Canada Gazette that it will undertake an online, domestic consultation process regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canadian...more

US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: Impact and Next Steps

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement is a setback to multi-country efforts to address global environmental issues. Within the United States, state...more

Trump decides to leave Paris climate accord

by Dentons on

Citing concerns for US economic competitiveness and sovereignty, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony yesterday to announce that he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement. The US will remain part...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

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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

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC Nominees to Restore Quorum, Clean Power Plan Rescission, Infrastructure Bills & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - May 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Early April felt almost normal. There was no blowup in U.S.-Mexico relations and the Mexican economy performed well. Then came President Trump’s renewed broadsides, insisting that Mexico will pay for...more

What's New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned to session the week of April 24 following a two-week recess. Active discussions and debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and efforts to “repeal-and-replace” the Affordable Care Act resumed...more

Energy Alert: LNG exports - A rare case of policy continuity from Obama to Trump

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether health care, climate change, taxes, or general international trade, it is hard to identify an area of policy in the United States that is not experiencing dramatic changes in the transition from President Obama to...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments - Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...more

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