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

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Update – Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

In July 2016, we reported that the Swedish Government had requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argues that Homarus americanus should be...more

US: Proposed "Border Adjustment Tax” could kill foreign IP holding companies

With President Trump in the White House and a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, tax reform is once again high on the agenda. Several weeks ago, President Trump promised “a tax reform bill that will reduce our...more

Border Adjustment Tax

The House Republicans have proposed sweeping changes to the U.S. tax system, specifically that income from the export of goods, services and intangibles will not be subject to federal income tax, and that the cost of such...more

U.S. Wooden Bedroom Furniture Manufacturers Win Continued Relief from Unfair Imports

On January 10, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that revocation of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from China would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of material...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

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

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

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Enero - Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

Durante el mes de Enero destacan los siguientes temas: Acceso, Compras, Propiedad Intelectual, Comercio, Inversión, Solución de Diferencias, Competencia, Subvenciones, Arbitraje Inversión....more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

President Trump and the Republican Congress have consistently raised the notion of a “border tax” to address trade imbalances. While the President has advocated a border tax of 20% on imports from Mexico, congressional...more

"Business Tax Reform All but Certain in US, Europe"

United States - The prospects for business tax reform in the United States were greatly enhanced by the 2016 election results. Reform under Republicans, who control both the White House and Congress, could dramatically...more

"Significant Changes Likely for US Trade Policy and Enforcement"

U.S. international trade policy and enforcement were centerpieces of President Donald Trump’s campaign and are likely to feature prominently in the new administration’s agenda in the months ahead. The Trump administration has...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Commercial Vehicles

Decision: A WTO Panel has handed down a mixed ruling in an EU challenge to anti-dumping duties imposed by the Russian Federation on certain light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The Panel found for the EU on 8 of the 28...more

House Proposal for Border Adjustability and Relevant WTO Rules

On June 24, 2016, on behalf of the House Republican Caucus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R -Wis., and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R -Tx., proposed sweeping reforms of the U .S. income and corporate taxes. The...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

International Trade in the Trump Era

Only a week into his presidency, President Trump has taken steps to upend the United States’ paradigm on international trade. Behind an “America First” agenda, he is seeking to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, renegotiate key...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

OFAC Sanctions: No Entity Too Small or Too Far for Enforcement

- Canadian bank pays penalties for U.S. dollar transactions involving Cuba and Iran - Bank receives Finding of Violation – but no penalty – for violations by European subsidiaries - Disclosure and cooperation...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some solid non-search-engine growth helped Alphabet post pretty solid Q4 numbers (with profit missing estimates but revenue surging past them)....more

Third Circuit Holds eBay-Based Allegations Sufficient to Plead Reverse False Claim For Failure to Pay Import Duties

In October, the Third Circuit held in United States ex rel. Customs Fraud Investigations, LLC v. Victaulic Co., 839 F.3d 242 (3rd Cir. 2016), that the 2009 amendments to the False Claims Act (“FCA”) allowed a relator to...more

Obama Administration Eases Sanctions on Sudan

On January 13, 2017, the Treasury Department, citing an executive order issued by President Obama on the same day, announced the issuance of a general license, effectively lifting most sanctions against Sudan. The general...more

This Year’s Top Ten IP Cases

#10 Design Patent Damages § 289 - Samsung Elecs. Co., v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. _ (Dec. 6, 2016) - In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant article of manufacture for arriving at a damages award under...more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the...more

Border-Adjustable Taxes under the WTO Agreements

This client alert summarizes the World Trade Organization (WTO) disciplines on border adjustable internal taxes and provides a general framework for assessing any future United States corporate tax plan that incorporates a...more

Obama Administration Issues Changes to Iran Sanctions Regulations That Benefit Exporters of Medicine, Medical Devices and...

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a number of changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) that expanded the...more

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