Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

TFTEA – Export Fee Refunds, Show Me The Money?

In an earlier alert, we discussed the various export incentives put into place with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA”). One long-standing benefit available to exporters is duty drawback,…more
| International Law & Trade

SOLAS: Saves Lives? Causes Ulcers?

On July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) requirement for shippers to provide steamship lines with the verified gross mass (“VGM”) of each shipment takes effect internationally. While under development at the…more
| International Law & Trade, Maritime Law

Privacy Shield Takes More Hits

Just in the last week, both the European Parliament and the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) published findings holding the currently proposed EU-US Privacy Shield to be seriously deficient, and calling for further…more
| International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Santa Monica Ordinance Provides For Paid Sick Leave and Increased Minimum Wages

Santa Monica will become the first city in Southern California and the fourth in the state to enact a municipal paid sick leave law. The city’s Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinance will take effect in two phases. The first…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Everyone Deserves To Have Secrets – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) which brought with it a new era of accountability and expediency in protecting employers’ intellectual property. Whether proprietary…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

Canada Implements Pre-Flight Electronic Travel Authorization, Counterpart to United States ESTA Program

Effective September 29, 2016, traveling to Canada as a visa-exempt visitor will require a pre-flight clearance through the newly implemented electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) program. History - The eTA system…more
| International Law & Trade, Transportation

Higher Learning: A Potentially Expensive Lesson About 529 Plans

A “529 qualified tuition plan” is an education savings plan designed to encourage and help families set aside funds for future college costs. It’s named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which created this type of…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Four Lessons Learned from Prince’s Estate (So Far)

Several of the events surrounding the initial administration of Prince’s estate provide lessons applicable to all estate plans, not just celebrity estate plans. If You Don’t Have an Estate Plan, the State Will Write One…more
| Intellectual Property, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

No Password? See You In Court?

Many headlines have been generated over recent attempts to recover highly desired data from a locked smart device after the death of the device’s owner. While the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over information stored…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Are You Sitting Down for This? The California Supreme Court Offers Guidance to Employers For Meeting Their Seating Obligations

Most employers rarely think about their obligation to provide seats for their employees. The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy should have employers standing up and taking…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

The Art of Self Defense

Corporate compliance programs come in all shapes and sizes and apply whether your company is privately owned or publicly traded. These internal controls take the form of accounting and audit procedures, import-export/regulatory…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law

Shielded but Not Covered – Privacy Demands Better Protection

Yesterday, the Article 29 Working Party took action which some found surprising and others predicted. It found the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield did not contain adequate protections and needs further improvement. While…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Court Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Employees Who Are “Associated With” a Disabled Person

The California Court of Appeal, in its highly controversial opinion in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, held that under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), an employer’s duty to provide…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

TFTEA – Export Focus

In earlier editions of our Alert, we first summarized the new law, then addressed the intellectual property rights changes it contained, and most recently covered the organizational structure. Now, we turn to the export focused…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

TFTEA – CBP Organizational Structure

Among its many provisions, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA” or the “Act”), H.R. 644, formally establishes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) as a department within Homeland Security (“DHS”)…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, International Law & Trade
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