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Do You Deserve a Refund from US Customs? Tariff Refunds Soon Available for Certain Imported Goods as Congress Acts on Generalized...

On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (HR 1295). Among other actions, the law revives the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, a trade preferences program...more

New Trade Legislation Extends Key Duty-Free Tariff Programs, Provides Opportunity for Businesses to Recoup Over $1 Billion In...

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“the Act”). This legislation extends certain U.S. trade preference programs through which the United States grants duty-free treatment...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

Congress Sends Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill to the President, Invigorating Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

After several weeks of legislative wrangling, congressional leaders will send a bill to President Obama this week to give him fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S....more

Congress Still Debating Fast Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Congressional leaders are working to find a way to pass legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The Trade...more

Italy: Administrative Court Refers Feed-in Tariff Reductions to the Constitutional Court

On June 23, the Regional Administrative Court of Latium (TAR Lazio) finally handed down its decision to refer the question of the constitutional legitimacy of Article 26, paragraph 3 of D.L 91/2014 (the spalma-incentivi) to...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Supreme Court Decides Maryland v. Wynne and Rules that Maryland Tax Scheme Is...

In This Issue: - Maryland’s Tax Scheme Ruled Unconstitutional - “FTC Generator” Case Update - FSA Rules that Equitable Disgorgement May be Deductible Expense - District Court Upholds Attorney Client...more

President’s Bid for Fast-Track Trade Authority Fails, Stalling Trans-Pacific Partnership Efforts

On June 12, the House derailed legislation that would have given President Obama authority to negotiate, with limited interference from Congress, a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and...more

Milestone Law amending Feed-In Tariff in Ukraine

On June 4, 2015, the Ukrainian parliament adopted Draft Law on Introduction of Changes to Certain Laws of Ukraine with respect to Securing Competitive Conditions for Production of Electricity from Alternative Energy Sources,...more

The Pacific Rim Free Trade Deal

President Obama’s controversial Pacific Rim free trade deal (“the deal”), a trade agreement to enhance trade and investment among 11 Asian Pacific countries to boost economic growth in the United States, has sparked...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Patent Infringement in the Digital Age: How a Dispute About Tooth Aligners Led to a Fight About the ITC’s Jurisdiction over Electronic Transmissions - Noted With...more

CFTC Proposes Order to Exempt Southwest Power Pool Products

Recently, the CFTC issued a Proposed Order in response to a 2013 request by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for exemption of certain SPP electric energy products from CFTC regulation. Scope of Exemption - The...more

FERC Approves NV Energy Request to Join California Energy Imbalance Market

On May 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order addressing NV Energy’s proposed tariff changes for joining the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) Energy Imbalance Market...more

Patent Infringement in the Digital Age: How a Dispute About Tooth Aligners Led to a Fight About the ITC’s Jurisdiction over...

The International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an “independent nonpartisan agency that investigates and reports to the President and Congress on matters concerning import trade, tariffs and trade agreements.” Shewmaker v....more

Generating Revenue from a Solar Project – the Power Purchase Agreement

King & Spalding's renewable energy practice group described the bright future of solar power in its April 2015 Energy Newsletter. Ongoing photovoltaic (PV) projects in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, certainly...more

CFTC Proposes to Exempt Certain Southwest Power Pool Transactions

On May 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a proposed order in response to an application submitted by Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to exempt certain contracts, agreements and transactions for the purchase...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

EU Customs Practice Group - April 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Data mining to detect customs violations - TARIFFS: ..Increased GSP+ vulnerability threshold ..Increased additional...more

FERC Issues Order No. 809 On Gas/Electric Coordination

On April 16, 2015, FERC issued a Final Rule in Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities, Order No. 809, Docket No. RM14-2-000, 151 FERC ¶ 61,049 (2015). Recent cold...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Regulation on Mutual Assistance - TARIFFS: ..Vulnerability threshold for GSP+ amended ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..FTA...more

EU Customs Practice Group

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Commission Report on Customs 2013 programme - TARIFFS: ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..EU duty suspension for certain heavy oils ..FTA update -...more

Ecuador Imposes Safeguard Import Tariffs

On March 6, 2015, Ecuador announced that it is imposing a balance of payments safeguard consisting of import tariffs between 5 and 45 percent on approximately 32 percent of products. The safeguard measure becomes effective on...more

The decree to cut electricity bills and other rules concerning the Italian electricity sector

The Italian government adopted the law decree in reference, in answer to the dramatic increase of the general financial burdens of the Italian electricity system, mainly deriving from the combined effects of still growing...more

US State Department Issues Section 515.582 List Regarding Authorization of Imports of Certain Goods and Services Produced by...

On February 13, 2015, the US Department of State published its “Section 515.582 List” and related guidance regarding the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs which have been authorized for immediate...more

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