Trade Agreements

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Certifications Under the Trade Agreements Act: 10 Tips to Avoid TAA Traps for the Unwary

On September 3, 2014, U.K.-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew (the ‘‘Company’’) agreed to pay $8.3 million (plus an additional $3 million in attorney’s fees) to resolve a lawsuit filed under the federal civil False...more

Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Struggling

As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail,...more

D.C. Circuit Supports Government Contractors’ Reliance on Supplier Certification of TAA Compliance in Qui Tam Suit

In a qui tam whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act, the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court finding that a federal contractor reasonably relied on certifications of Trade Agreements Act compliance from its...more

Medical Device Manufacturer Settles Trade Agreements Act Suit

A whistleblower alleged that the manufacturer knowingly violated the Trade Agreements Act’s country of origin requirement. Government contractors must agree that the products they sell to the U.S. government under...more

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiation

On August 5, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced that they have completed negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Honduras

Honduras, in the north-central part of Central America, has a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Generally mountainous, fertile plateaus, river valleys and narrow coastal plains mark the country. With 112,090 square...more

Reminder Regarding Upcoming FATCA Deadline and Implications for Trading Agreements

The effective date under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) for withholding agents to begin withholding on certain U.S. source payments made to foreign financial institutions (“FFIs”) and non-financial foreign...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR - March 2014

There have been major developments in the trade, Solar Cells, TTP, TPA, Chinese Antidumping, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. As indicated in past newsletters, the nonmarket economy status of China means...more

Africa’s Golden Opportunity To Engage the United States on Trade and Investment at the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit

On January 21, 2014, the White House announced the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC to take place on August 5 and 6, 2014. President Obama invited leaders from across the African continent with the aim of...more

Washington Insight - January 2014

In This Issue: - Legislation to Renew Fast-Track Consideration for Trade Agreements Introduced - Congress Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill - An Insider's View: Obama's Mid-Term Blues - What's in...more

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Could Have Significant Impact on U.S. Trade Agenda

On January 9, 2014, congressional leaders for the key committees responsible for trade legislation introduced a bill to renew expedited procedures for obtaining passage of trade agreement implementing legislation. The United...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2013

In This Issue: - New Trade Agreements Spark Old Divides Over Trade Promotion Authority Renewal - China Continues To Violate WTO Obligations For Injury Determinations - President Obama Expands Select USA -...more

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