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NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

ITC Holds Section 201 Hearing on Solar Imports

On August 15, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to consider whether solar panels are being imported in such increased quantities that they are the “substantial cause” of serious injury or the...more

Chemicals, Compliance and the Toxic Substances Control Act

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) required the compiling of a national register of chemicals that were manufactured in or imported into the United States for a non-exempt commercial purpose, and the first TSCA Inventory...more

Renegotiation Of NAFTA Can Start This Week

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

President Trump can officially begin renegotiating NAFTA today, August 16th. The negotiation process can only start 90 days after President Trump officially notified Congress of this intention, which took place on May 18th....more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

FDA Announces Import Staffing Change at International Mail Facilities

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he was reallocating three dozen employees to international mail facilities (IMF), as well as...more

Potential Drawback Opportunity for Distilled Spirits

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

“Drawback” is U.S. Customs program that allows importers to get their duty payments refunded by Customs if they export the same or a similar product. There are lots of permutations and it’s quite a bit of “paperwork” to...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: South Africa

1 .What role does the government of South Africa play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? South Africa is a constitutional democracy and an active member of the international investment community. It...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Nigeria

1 .What role does the government of nigeria play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Due to the economic benefits that accompany Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the Nigerian government strives to...more

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

by Jones Day on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

Sports Bras and Tires - What Do They Have In Common?

Sports bras and tires don’t seem to have much in common, but both embody visual designs fashioned to appeal to consumers and both have a particular form of intellectual property— design patents—tailored to protect their...more

Foreign device manufacturers should anticipate greater chance of FDA inspection under new FDA leadership

by Hogan Lovells on

Under the Trump administration, foreign device manufacturers may see new compliance pressures and increased inspections by the FDA. In this video, Michael Heyl discusses this growing trend and shares insights on how foreign...more

ITC Issues Report On Competitive Conditions Affecting U.S. Aluminum Industry

by King & Spalding on

On February 24, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (the Committee) requested, under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930, that the International Trade Commission (the Commission) conduct a...more

Double Dipping Allowed in Domestic Industry Allocation

by Jones Day on

The Commission issued an Opinion finding a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-971. Of note, the Commission reversed a part of ALJ Bullock’s...more

Suppliers Beware: Two Recent Cases (in Third Circuit and Delaware) Hold that Debtor Must Physically Possess Goods Within Statutory...

Amidst a surge in retail bankruptcies, two recent decisions construing section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code directly limit suppliers’ ability to seek administrative claims for goods shipped to a debtor in the period...more

Standard for Claim Indefiniteness Virtually Relaxes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing claim indefiniteness, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the claim term “virtually free from interference” was sufficiently definite to pass § 112 muster. One-E-Way, Inc. v. Sony Corp.,...more

In partnership with the PRC

by Hogan Lovells on

During 2016, South Africa (SA) exported some US$6.8 billion (about 9.2% of our total exports) to the People’s Republic of China (China). This is about 25% more than SA exported to the USA in the same year....more

Rx IP Update - July 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Supreme Court of Canada strikes down "promise doctrine", upholds AstraZeneca’s NEXIUM patent as useful - As previously reported, on June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada granted AstraZeneca’s appeal in the NEXIUM...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Tariff Charge reduction for electric vehicles

by Dentons on

The past 29th of June of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued Decree 1116 of 2017, by which it established the following tariff charges...more

WTO and FAO Issue Publication on Trade and Food Standards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently issued a joint publication, Trade and Food Standards, which discusses the development of international standards and the need for...more

July 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Major Changes to Approval Procedures for Many RF Devices, E-Labeling, Importation...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), at its July 13, 2017, Open Meeting updated its equipment authorization procedures and rules in a number of ways that will be of great interest to everyone in the...more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

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