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Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...more

Insurance Chain Reaction from the Tianjin Port Explosion

The recent Tianjin port explosion, like the 2011 Japanese earthquake and Thai floods, will lead to massive supply chain disruption. The impacted area included a high concentration of multinational and technology companies....more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

Illinois Attorney General Responds to Reed Smith’s Efforts – Files Motions to Dismiss in Several False Claims Act Matters

On September 21, 2015, the Illinois Attorney General filed several Motions to Dismiss in Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) matters in which the defendants were able to show, in response to the Attorney General’s inquiry,...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: The Knot Further Loosens

Effective September 21, the U.S. Department of Treasury amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), providing further Cuba sanctions relief. In a coordinated action, the U.S. Department of Commerce simultaneously...more

Illinois Department of Revenue Issues Proposed Amendments to Shipping and Handling Regulations

The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) recently proposed amendments to its regulations governing the taxability of shipping and handling charges. The Proposed Amendments to 86 Ill. Admin Code §§ 130.415 and 130.410...more

Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption Held for the First Time to Preempt State Antitrust Laws

For the first time, a federal court has held that the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §§ 40101–41309 (Shipping Act), preempts state-law antitrust claims. The federal district court in New Jersey applied conflict preemption...more

Reed Smith Instrumental in New Proposed Regulations Concerning the Sales Taxation of Shipping Charges in Illinois

On August 28, 2015, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (the “Department”) proposed regulations clarifying the Department’s position on the sales taxation of shipping charges were posted to the Illinois Register, commencing...more

Defendants’ Potential Liability Is Not Limited To 2% Of Accused Products Shipped To Delaware

Plaintiff asserts jurisdiction under the stream-of-commerce theory. Defendants shipped approximately 2% of the accused products from their Indiana manufacturing facility to two customer distribution facilities in Delaware. ...more

A timely lesson: understanding how a sale contract dispute may have serious financial consequences beyond that contract alone

In the recent case of Sang Stone Hamoon Jonoub Co Ltd v Baoyue Shipping Co Ltd ([2015] EWHC 2288 (Comm)), Mr Justice Males provided direction on the potential liability of cargo owners to shipowners where they do not take...more

Cargo owner has no claim for conversion where a shipper has discharged cargo into storage due to cargo owner’s failure to present...

Sang Stone Hamoon Jonoub Co Ltd v Baoyue Shipping Co Ltd (“The Bao Yue”) [2015] EWHC 2288 (Comm) - The dispute related to a cargo of iron ore carried from Iran to China by the Defendant Shipper. The bill of lading had...more

The Illinois Attorney General Offers To Settle False Claims Act Cases Against Wineries - Just as Reed Smith Obtains Private Letter...

On July 23, 2015, the Illinois attorney general issued a group settlement proposal to the defendants in its Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) prosecutions of numerous out-of-state wineries. For at least the last decade, the...more

Drone on Drones: Amazon Has its Eyes on a Slice of the Sky

Amazon, long in the process of trying to persuade the FAA to remove its line-of-sight requirements to allow delivery by drone, announced a new plan this week it claims would solve many of the FAA’s reservations. The delivery...more

The Nuclear Deal With Iran: The Lifting of Sanctions and Implications for Business

On July 14, 2015, after two years of sometimes intense negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China (known as the “P5+1” countries), along with the European Union, signed a Joint...more

When is a "contract for the sale of goods" not a contract of sale of goods?

A recent decision in the English Commercial Court has potentially significant ramifications for the shipping and trading industry. This decision will be of interest to...more

The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...more

Finalized Iran Nuclear Deal Outlines Changes for U.S. and EU Sanctions

On July 14, 2015, negotiators from Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 countries —China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany—announced that they had reached a consensus on the final text of the Joint...more

Overview of Sanctions Relief in Nuclear Deal with Iran

On July 20, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted resolution 2231 endorsing the final nuclear deal agreed between the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (US),...more

Vienna Deal Brings Iran In From The Cold

After months of wrangling, a deal has finally been reached allowing Iran to develop a peaceful domestic nuclear programme with the lifting of economic and financial sanctions.This is on the strict proviso that Iran does not...more

"Sanctions Relief Under the P5+1 Agreement With Iran: Implications for US, EU and International Business"

Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 23, 2015, to Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 23, 2015, to reflect certain additional information in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. On July 14, 2015,...more

Opportunity, Uncertainty for Entities Wishing to Do Business with Iran

Nuclear Deal with Iran Holds Out Possibility of Phased Relaxation of Sanctions - On July 14, 2015, the United States and five other countries (collectively known as the P5+11) reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Iranian Nuclear Accord Reached, But Specific Implementation of Meaningful Sanctions Relief Will Not Be Immediate

On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” nations (the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom), together with the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan...more

P5+1 Nations Reach Nuclear Deal with Iran

On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 nations (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran announced that they had agreed upon a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program....more

Latest Developments in the Ongoing UPS Class Action

A recent decision of the Divisional Court, in which Bennett Jones and its co-counsel acted for the class, held that whether brokerage fees charged by UPS to customers receiving deliveries in Canada are unsolicited is an...more

“At the expenses and risk of Charterers” – what does this mean?

The decision of Mr. Justice Flaux in (1) Societe de Distribution de Toutes Merchandises en Cote D’Ivoire trading as “SDTM-CI” (2) Kouma Assitan (3) Amlin Corporate Insurance N.V. (4) Axa Corporate Solutions Assurance and (1)...more

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