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Overview of US and EU “Implementation Day” Guidelines on Iran Sanctions Relief

This overview describes the status of US and EU sanctions following the first round of nuclear-related sanctions relief that occurred on “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded with...more

Alabama Tax Tribunal Rules Certain Freight Charges are Not Subject to Sales Tax

In Mike Kilgo & Associates, Inc. v. State of Alabama Department of Revenue, the Alabama Tax Tribunal recently ruled that freight and shipping charges separately stated from other charges on a seller's invoice are not subject...more

Changes to Iran Sanctions Provide a Few Business Opportunities, but Many Hurdles

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had implemented nuclear reforms negotiated among the United States, the European Union and Iran, a milestone in the agreement referred to as the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack - Sacramento Bee - Feb 2 - California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates...more

Federal ALJ Allows OSHA to Seek Enterprise-Wide Abatement of Hazards Discovered at One Location

OSHA inspections are usually site-specific, meaning that the agency’s authority to issue penalties and to seek abatement of workplace hazards applies to the workplace actually inspected. Last month, a federal Administrative...more

SCOTUS upholds Computer Fraud and Abuse Act conviction

The Supreme Court of the United States held on January 25, 2016, that an executive of a shipping company who hacked into his former employer’s computer system after he left the company was guilty under the Computer Fraud and...more

Greek Shipowners Consider Exodus as Crisis Leads to Proposed Higher Taxes

Greek shipowners facing proposed higher taxes due to the Greek financial crisis are considering an exodus from the country, which would be a blow to the economy and Greek ports such as the Port of Piraeus, pictured above....more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its initial nuclear-related obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had been reached in July between...more

Taxability of Shipping and Handling Charges in Illinois – Common Sense Prevails in Department's Second Notice of Proposed...

On January 14, 2016, the Illinois Department of Revenue (the “Department”) sent its Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (“JCAR”) regarding its proposed amendments to its...more

Electronic Bills of Lading

With the inclusion of an electronic bills of lading clause in the latest iteration of the NYPE form, as well as the International Group of P&I Clubs’ approval of 3 electronic trading systems, we discuss some of the possible...more

BIMCO issues cybersecurity guidelines for ships

Last week, BIMCO, along with other shipping organizations, “launched” guidelines “to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident on-board...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2016

Smartphone chip manufacturer accused of an abuse of dominance - On the 8th December 2015, Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chipsets, was publicly accused by the European Commission of abusing its...more

Encouraging news for cross-border internet retailers (and shoppers) in the EU

The European Commission (the "Commission") has been investigating the European-wide parcel delivery industry for some time. With online retail becoming an increasingly important avenue for both consumers and retailers, the...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held...more

Electronic Bills of Lading: Another step forward!

Electronic trading systems (‘ETS’’) are online platforms by which electronic bills of lading (‘e-bills’) can be created and traded. It is crucial to the use of e-bills within the shipping industry that they behave similarly...more

LNG Bunkering in Asia: Fueling a Promising Future?

I. Introduction - Today, the LNG bunkering market is significantly growing due to stricter environmental regulations across the globe and in spite of the depressed oil price. Particularly in Asia, LNG bunkering has...more

European Commission targets cross-border parcel delivery as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy

On 22 December 2015, the European Commission announced its next steps towards completing the single market for cross-border parcel delivery. The Commission’s aim is to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight of...more

OSHRC Law Judge Orders Trial on Enterprise-Wide Hazard Abatement for Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational...more

D.C. Circuit Holds that Coast Guard May Impose Nonfinancial Conditions Before Allowing Ships Accused of Violating MARPOL to Leave...

On December 15, 2015, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the U.S. Coast Guard could impose nonfinancial conditions, in addition to a bond, before permitting ships under suspicion of a MARPOL...more

Rome II – Applicable law to tort claims and indirect consequences – clarification from the ECJ

In a decision handed down last week (10 December 2015), the ECJ has ruled that the law applicable to any claim for indirect consequences of a tort will generally be governed by the law of the country where the direct damage...more

Delivery Drones: Fantasy, or the Future of Online Retail?

Amazon, Walmart, and other retail giants are piloting drone delivery programs, all vying to be the first real-life Gryzzl (hopefully with less unauthorized surveillance). Consumers are receptive to the idea ? especially if it...more

U.S. Customs Ruling Impacts Crude Oil Shipments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) expanded U.S.-flag requirements in a recent ruling requiring shippers to use costly U.S.-flag vessels when shipping processed condensate to and from a foreign country to be blended...more

Publication of the 3rd edition of the SCMA Rules

In October 2015 the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) published the third edition of its arbitration rules. Notable revisions include wider powers for the tribunal to require security for costs, increased...more

Will the FDA’s Proposed Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food Apply to International Shipments?

Yes, the FDA’s Proposed Rule, required to be published by March 31, 2016, will apply to food shipments being transported into the U.S., directly, by motor or rail vehicle, or transferred onto a motor or rail vehicle for...more

Court of Appeal finds that ship owner “got what it agreed to pay for”

(1) PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and (2) Product Shipping & Trading S.A. v. (1) O.W. Bunker Malta Ltd and (2) ING Bank N.V. [2015] EWCA Civ 1058. In a decision which has wide reaching implications for ship owners, the Court...more

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