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Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News:...more

The United States Designates Seven Additional Ukrainian Individuals and One Energy Company under Executive Order 13660

On April 11, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") issued further designations under Executive Order 13660 ("EO 13660"). EO 13360, which was signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes the United States to impose...more

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Responsible for the Situation in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13664 (“EO 13664”) related to the situation in South Sudan and targeting those responsible for the conflict in that country. EO 13664 allows the United States to impose...more

Ukraine-related sanctions – a month in: Key issues for financial institutions

What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia? Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have been almost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more

Exaggerated Allegations Based on Essentially No Evidence Equals Rule 11 Sanctions - Heller v. Cepia L.L.C.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the imposition of Rule 11 sanctions of $5,000 on a plaintiff’s attorney for exaggerating allegations in a complaint. As the court explained, the mere “presence of some...more

Ukraine-related sanctions – a month in: Key issues for companies

What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia? Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have beenalmost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more

President Obama Signs Ukraine Bill Into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (Public Law No. 113-95). The law includes new authority, not specifically...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

Starving the Bear: The United States Restricts Exports to Russia

The pressure on Russia continues to build. As we previously reported here and here, throughout March, the United States and other Western powers implemented a series of sanctions against individuals and entities deemed to be...more

The Battle Of Shiloh, Corruption In Ukraine And Things To Come

On this day 126 years ago the two-day battle of Shiloh ended. On the second day, the Union troops under General Grant largely recovered the ground that the Confederate troops had taken on the first day. Grant was severely...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Sanctions Against the EEOC In Action Fraught with Delays

Many employers who have dealt with the EEOC in large cases suffer frustration over inexplicable delays combined with at times unreasonable requests for information and/or relief. In a recent case from the Fourth Circuit, that...more

President Authorizes Sanctions in Response to Unrest in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) authorizing sanctions against certain persons found responsible for the recent violence in South Sudan. The President declared a national emergency to deal with...more

FC Barcelona sanctioned by FIFA for international transfers of minors

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Spanish Football Federation (“RFEF”) and Spanish club FC Barcelona for “breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18“....more

Ukraine Sanctions and Aid Bill Passes into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act supplements the three Executive Orders authorizing...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

U.S. and UK Take Modest Steps to Restrict Exports to Russia

The Obama Administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank. Additionally, with little fanfare, the...more

A Potential Fork in the Road: US and EU Sanctions Relating to the Ukrainian Crisis

Both the United States and the European Union have issued calibrated Ukraine-related sanctions as a direct response to the recent political upheaval in Ukraine. Although both US and EU sanctions target certain persons for...more

Short Wins - The Forfeiture Order Gets Reversed Version

There were a handful of good wins in the federal circuits last week. Notably, United States v. Annabi, pushed back on a government forfeiture because the language in the indictment was inadequate. Forfeiture is a huge issue...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Spoliation Instruction But No Terminating Sanctions in Coding Trade Secrets Case

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas declined to impose litigation ending discovery sanctions for several claims of spoliation, but does plan to issue a spoliation instruction in Quantlab...more

Certain Trade with Russia on Hold

The Obama administration announced this week that companies with pending license requests to export certain controlled dual-use goods or technology, defense articles or defense services to Russia will face an indefinite hold...more

Responding to the Ukraine Situation: A Time to Update All International Trade Policies and Agreements

Over the last several years, the United States and other countries have constantly changed international trade regulations in response to ongoing foreign events. Now, in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine,...more

Turmoil In Ukraine (Part II): U.S. Halts Export Licenses For Dual-Use And Defense Items To Russia; Congress Acts To Codify And...

U.S. government agencies announced this week that they have suspended issuing export licenses to companies sending or releasing sensitive goods, services and technology to Russia. This development will prevent companies from...more

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