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Federal Toxics Law Grows Up: Congress Strengthens the Toxic Substances Control Act

OVERVIEW - President Obama has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. The compromise...more

New European Union Rules Provide for the Prohibition of Imports Violating Trade Secrets

On 15 June 2016, new rules for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information1 in the European Union EU were published. The Trade Secrets Directive provides measures against the unlawful acquisition, use, and...more

The Importance of Being Earnest and Objectively Reasonable

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. continues to make controlling copyright law, visiting the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time on an issue of great importance to copyright owners and litigants. This time, the issued...more

Cuba an Untapped Market for Medical Device Exports

The United States is the world’s largest medical device exporter, according to reports accounting for $45 billion of over $140 billion in global exports in 2014. This is not surprising since it also produced the largest...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., No. 15-375, that it is appropriate for a court to give substantial weight to the reasonableness of a losing party’s position when...more

Brexit and Retail

Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the EU, or exit (a so called “Brexit”). As many readers will be aware, there is no certain answer...more

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU,...more

The Current Playing Field for Cuba – A Summary of the Existing Requirements

The Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce have made several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) since the Administration announced its new...more

Ukraine further simplifies the registration of medicinal products marketed in the US, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Australia or...

As we reported in our previous alert, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has recently adopted Resolution No. 312 simplifying the registration of medicinal products marketed in the US, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Australia or...more

Ukraine further simplifies the registration of medicinal products marketed in the US, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Australia or...

As we reported in our previous alert, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has recently adopted Resolution No. 312 simplifying the registration of medicinal products marketed in the US, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Australia or...more

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these...more

Corporate Supply Chains and the Elimination of the Consumptive Demand Exception

President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 into law in February of this year. In doing so, he eliminated the “consumptive demand exception,” a long-standing loophole in the general...more

U.S. AG Sees Opportunities in Cuba

U.S. states continue to explore agricultural trade opportunities with Cuba. During a recent visit to the island to explore potential opportunities, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that Cuba had accepted a 20 ton...more

New Bipartisan Act Will Simplify the Temporary Tariff-Reduction Process

President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) into law on May 20, 2016, to overhaul the process of developing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Under this Act, companies will not...more

Anti-Competitive Conduct Claims In ITC Section 337 Cases

Last week in Investigation No. 337-TA-1002 (certain carbon and alloy steel products); the U.S. International Trade Commission instituted an investigation of imported steel products from China. The investigation will include...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

Congress Passes MTB Reform Legislation

Congress has enacted new legislation, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. companies whose imported goods require the payment of tariffs (i.e., normal...more

USDA Increases Cane Sugar Imports to Meet Demand for Non-GE Products

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced that it is allowing an additional 200,000 short tons of cane sugar imports to meet food manufacturers’ increasing demand for non-genetically modified...more

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

Law Modifies Process For Duty Suspensions And Reductions - On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the U.S....more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

CBP’s New Task Force and the Long Road Ahead to Trade Law Enforcement

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced the establishment of a Trade Enforcement Task Force within its Office of Trade. According to the CBP, the Task Force is designed to “further protect...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

Eurasian Economic Commission approves rules for applying the procedure of deferred determination of customs value of goods

Decision No. 32 of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of April 12, 2016 on Approval of the Rules for Applying the Procedure of Deferred Determination of Customs Value of Goods (the Rules) enters into force on May...more

"Brexit Bites": The impact on trade with and from the UK

This is the seventh in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Trade and the Movement of Goods & Services. The EU is essentially a common market, as it used to be officially called. Leaving the EU would have an...more

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