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Reauthorization of GSP may allow refund of two years of import duties

On June 29, 2015, almost two years after it was allowed to lapse, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program. GSP allows duty-free imports into the United States of qualifying goods from...more

To Be or Not to Be – an Insured Contract: Coverage for Breach of Warranty Claims

In Bituminous Casualty Corporation v. Plano Molding Company, 2015 IL App (2d) 140292, the Illinois Appellate Court tackled one of the most misunderstood issues in the commercial general liability policy: does an obligation to...more

FedEx to Pay $228 Million in Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement

Things that $228 Million will buy: – LeBron James’s waterfront mansion in Miami, listed for $15 million – A 710-year old copy of the Magna Carta, sold in 2007 for $21.3 million – The Oakland A’s, sold in 2005 for $180...more

Ferry Service Between The United States And Cuba—Imminent Or Not?

Recent decisions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury have increased the prospects for regular air and vessel service to and from Cuba. Those decisions do not open the floodgates for...more

EU Consumer Rights Directive is in effect: 9 highlights for distance selling

E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Compound annual growth is currently running at around 12 percent per annum, predicted to result in an online retail market worth €233.9 billion (approximately US$262...more

In Case of Emergency: Handling HazMat Violations

An unexpected fine for a hazardous materials violation can jolt a company. Even companies with robust systems for managing hazardous materials compliance can be surprised with a penalty due to the actions of a single employee...more

Charterers held to have lost right to cancel where revised loadport orders given

ST Shipping & Transport Inc v Kriti Filoxenia Shipping Co SA [2015] EWHC 997 (Comm) - Charter terms: The charter, on BPVOY3 form, provided that subject to the provisions of clause 24, the vessel would proceed to...more

Schemes of Arrangement for Distressed Shipping Companies – a viable (and cheaper) alternative to chapter 11?

While it is clear that chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code can be an effective tool of reorganisation for distressed foreign shipping companies that are locked in an adversarial dispute with their creditors, should an...more

But We Did Everything Right?: Why Agreements with Shippers are Necessary for Carriers to Protect Themselves from...

As food transporters grapple with the myriad of compliance issues raised by the Food Safety Modernization Act and the FDA’s looming proposed “Food Safety Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” carriers...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved (Ukrainian)

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

E-commerce delay in product delivery can be misleading

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) recently sanctioned three e-commerce operators for unfair commercial practices due to lack (or delay) in the delivery of products initially declared to be in stock and due to false...more

Registration of Cyprus Ships

Cyprus is a leading forum in the international maritime industry mostly due to its attractive tax system for ship owners and ship managers and due to its ratification of major international maritime conventions. Cyprus is...more

Shipping Executive Acquitted of Antitrust Charge

On May 8, 2015, a jury in Puerto Rico acquitted Thomas Farmer (Farmer), the former vice president of price and yield management for Crowley Liner Services, Inc., of conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition in...more

Washington Court of Appeals: No Transactional Nexus Requirement or Dissociation for Washington B&O Tax

On April 29, 2015, the Washington Court of Appeals issued an important tax decision in Avnet, Inc. v. Washington Department of Revenue, Dkt. No. 45108-5-II. In its most significant holding, the court of appeals effectively...more

Bank ordered to honour refund guarantees despite foreign court orders prohibiting payment

The Claimant Buyers brought proceedings against the Defendant Bank under refund guarantees issued by the Bank in support of two shipbuilding contracts between the Buyers and Sellers. Pursuant to the contracts, the Claimant...more

Are you driving a defective forklift at work?

Freight shipping employees in Illinois operate tens of thousands of forklifts every day. According to a recent report released by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a well-known shipping company exposed...more

“We’re From The Government and We’re Here to Help”: When The Act of a Government Constitutes a Valid Defense to a Freight Claim

Will Rogers once quipped that “I don’t make jokes; I just watch the Government and report the facts.” While most Americans can probably identify with that observation to one extent or another, the government unquestionably...more

Hong Kong court - enforcing a maritime arbitration award by arresting a ship

The arrest of a ship to obtain security for a maritime claim in jurisdictions where this is permitted is a powerful weapon in the armory of a claimant in shipping disputes. There has, however, been a concern that a claimant...more

Is payment of time charter hire a condition? “The Astra” re-considered

In Kuwait Rocks Co v AMB Bulkcarriers Inc (The Astra) (as reported in a previous post), the court determined that the obligation to make punctual payment of hire under the amended NYPE time charter in that case was a...more

Shipping Executive Pleads Guilty to Ocean-Shipping Price Fixing Conspiracy

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, an employee of the Japan-based Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) pleaded guilty to a violation of the Sherman Act for conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for international ocean shipping from...more

What is your broker up to? Broker found to have authority to enter into a fixture and guarantee

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd v Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Ltd (2015) (Unreported) - After extensive negotiations, London brokers fixed a 10-year charterparty on behalf of their principals, the Charterers. The Charterers...more

West Coast Ports Labor Turmoil - Time to Dust Off That Overlooked Force Majeure Clause?

The simmering labor dispute between the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents West Coast port owners, has begun to capture the attention of businesses that have...more

What if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?

Since the expiration of a labor contract in July 2014, negotiations for a new contract have dragged on between management representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)—a multi-employer bargaining association...more

EPA Seeks Additional Comment on NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, and Other Recent CWA Developments

EPA Seeks Additional Comment On NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule: On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested additional comment on the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System...more

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