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Russia Lifts the Majority of Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

by White & Case LLP on

On 31 May 2017 the Russian President signed Decree No. 244 lifting most of the special economic measures against Turkey. The Decree was followed by Russian Government Resolution No. 672 published on 2 June 2017....more

USCIS Adopts Matter of I-Corp and What it Means for L-1B Visas

by Littler on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum directing USCIS personnel to adopt the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) reasoning in Matter of I-Corp. Specifically, pursuant to...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

EB-5 Visa Program: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Concerns over the EB-5 “Gold” visa have been revived since Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s sister pitched the prospect of EB-5 immigration visas to Chinese investors. While the program may appear an easy path to...more

Getting Ready for Change in the EB-5 Ecosystem

As we head into the summer, there is no certainty that we will see changes to the EB-5 Program. Lawmakers may simply not act, which may result in EB-5 being included in Continuing Resolutions alongside other immigration...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Size Standards; Adoption of 2017 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued a proposed...more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

Brexit: UK/EU Jump into the Unknown - What’s Ahead?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the fifth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”)....more

The Brexit Clock Has Started—What Happens Next?

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom and the remaining European Union Member States ("EU-27") will negotiate the terms of the UK's withdrawal—and likely its future relationship with the EU—over the course of the next two years. European...more

BREXIT – IT’S REALLY HAPPENING – From Parliament in London

Barely thirty minutes after Prime Minister Theresa May commenced her address to Parliament at noon yesterday, Tim Barrow, the UK’s representative to the EU, hand delivered its Article 50 Notice to Donald Trusk, the President...more

EU Retail News - February 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When Can You and When Should You Use Your Own Name for Your Brand? It is a common misconception that we are all entitled to create brands under our own names. It is also a misapprehension that it is always a good idea —...more

What to do if you suspect your EB-5 project is in trouble

Managers and Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds should regularly monitor their investments in EB-5 Projects and be ready to take protective actions if their EB-5 Projects show signs of trouble. It is vitally important...more

The Business Visitor in the Current Immigration World

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While the Executive Order (“the Order”) issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and temporarily halted by the District Court in the Western District of Washington and subsequently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Surpassing Even My Expectations, Predictions Come True

Last month, in my “Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017: Labor and Employment” posting, I wrote: “Expect at least some high-profile workplace ‘raids’ to round up undocumented workers and substantial fines on the employers...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

Procedural Issues May Determine Immediate Fate of President’s Executive Order Before Diverse Panel of Ninth Circuit Judges

by Genova Burns LLC on

The near-term fate of President Trump’s Executive Order barring entry from seven Muslim-majority countries was before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2017. The Court must decide whether to stay a Temporary...more

Travel Ban Lifted: Court Grants Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order on Trump’s Executive Order

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On February 3, 2017, a Seattle federal court judge granted Washington State and Minnesota’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in its challenge to President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting...more

Oral Argument Tuesday, February 7th on Enforcement of President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing certain sections of President Trump’s...more

The Trump Administration-Part II: Failures in Leadership and Management

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday, I considered how the actions of the new administration are creating chaos for US businesses. Today I will consider the Muslim refugee ban and the miss-steps the new administration used in its design, execution and...more

The Trump Administration: Kaos is bad for Businesses

by Thomas Fox on

While it may seem odd that a 1960s television seems to presage where we currently find the intersection of politics and business, it turns out that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had it right with Get Smart. The two competing...more

Travel Ban Update – FALSE rumors regarding additional countries!

by Burr & Forman on

If you have heard rumors that additional countries will be added to the Executive Order banning entry and suspending visa processing for seven countries, DON’T BELIEVE THEM. A story is circulating that the travel ban has...more

Privacy Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Order

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Wednesday, January 25, President Donald J. Trump directed federal agencies, “to the extent consistent with applicable law,” to ensure that “their privacy policies exclude persons who are not U.S. citizens or lawful...more

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