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Update: Third Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Compromise Possible?

The third round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded at the end of September. Similar to the position taken after the second round of...more

Update: Second Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Progress Made?

The second round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded earlier this month. While official statements from the countries indicated that all three...more

NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

President Trump’s Cuba Proposals Would Roll Back Current Policies

On June 16, 2017, President Trump proposed new Cuba policies that would roll back certain changes made by the Obama Administration. Chief among the President’s sought changes are: a complete ban on economic activities that...more

Phoenix City Council Amends Lobbying Ordinance to Allow Enforcement

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to amend the City’s lobbying ordinance in an attempt to reinforce registration regulations and enhance enforcement penalties. This amendment signals important changes for those paid to...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

Arizona’s Revised Laws on PACs and Corporate Contributions

The recent major revisions to Arizona’s campaign finance laws (passed in bills S.B. 1516, H.B. 2296 and H.B. 2297), which took effect late last year, modified the previous restrictions on corporate contributions to political...more

Year-End Reading List for PACs, Mega PACs & Others in Politics

As 2016 draws to a close, the holiday reading list for those involved with political action committees (PACs), mega political action committees (Mega PACs) and others in politics may include the comprehensive rewrite of...more

The New FCPA Cooperation Plan - Revitalized program or regurgitation of existing policy?

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an Enforcement and Guidance Plan (Plan) concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While the new Plan could be interpreted as a novel departure from past...more

Implementation Day: Not Such a Special Day for U.S. Companies

After months of preparations, January 16, 2016 was “Implementation Day” – the day when the world’s sanctions on Iran were officially rolled back. On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had...more

Arizona Attorney General Opinion Embraces Taxpayer-Funded (Political) Advocacy: Potential Pitfalls for Businesses and Nonprofits

The Office of the Arizona Attorney General recently sparked debate by issuing an opinion advising two county attorneys that they may use public resources to disseminate messages about the dangers of marijuana use ahead of the...more

Supreme Court’s Alabama Ruling Sets The Stage For Arizona’s Next Redistricting Battle

The U.S. Supreme Court last week reversed a federal three-judge panel in Alabama that upheld the state’s legislative district map against a racial gerrymandering challenge. Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama...more

Government Contracting, The False Claims Act and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

With so many personal gadgets needing daily recharging, desktop hard drives running 24 hours a day, and DVRs recording movies that run while we’re asleep, do you wonder where all that electricity is coming from? The next big...more

Common Sense Prevails as D.C. Circuit Applies Upjohn in Vacating District Court Order to Produce Investigation Reports

Government contractors and other companies subject to internal investigation requirements won some relief from the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 26 with a decision that firmly reiterated that...more

Responding to the Ukraine Situation: A Time to Update All International Trade Policies and Agreements

Over the last several years, the United States and other countries have constantly changed international trade regulations in response to ongoing foreign events. Now, in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine,...more

District Court’s Attorney-Client Privilege Ruling Counteracts Incentives to Perform Internal Investigations

It has long been assumed that under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Upjohn Co. v. United States, reports generated during an internal investigation undertaken at the direction, and under the supervision, of corporate...more

A Vital Link to Any International Trade Compliance Program: The Human Resource Manager

Governments in every country are taking international trade compliance seriously. Unlike other company departments that heavily rely on automation to track supply chain compliance, those departments responsible for...more

Obtaining a Piece of the Pie: Small Business Preferences in Federal Contracts

The federal government is the single largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Some of these purchases, of course, are for highly specialized goods or services produced or performed by large corporations. For the...more

Avoid the Quick Fix: Addressing Government Contracting Ethical Breaches That Can Destroy A Business

For the last 15 years, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has garnered the most “compliance” attention by companies and the media due to the severe penalties associated with the bribing of foreign government officials....more

Guilt by Affiliation: A Recent Court Decision that Every Government Contractor Should Consider

One of the many business strategies to win more government contracts is to “team” with other companies that provide specific specialties or qualify for socio-economic benefits. Sometimes, these partnerships are formal through...more

Global Connection - November 2013: Anti-Corruption On a Global Scale: The FCPA is No Longer Considered the Only Game In Town

The Global Connection has extensively covered the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) over the years. With the advent of the U.K. Bribery Act, the FCPA was finally having real competition by another country as a...more

Global Connection - November 2013

In today’s global marketplace, companies need to be informed about foreign laws and practices that impact, or may potentially impact, their businesses in the various regions they serve. This edition of Global Connection...more

When Enough Is Not Enough: Two Court Rulings Complicate Corporate Compliance Efforts

In the shadow of billion dollar settlements, exhaustive and expensive internal investigations, costly shareholder derivative suits, and the constant need to stay competitive in a global marketplace, companies in recent years...more

Global Connection - October 2013: The Time Has Come To Dust Off The Export Control Policies

The Export Control Reform (“ECR”) initiative is in full swing. On October 15, 2013, businesses will wake up operating under a completely revised export control system. Some the changes have been in works for several years,...more

10/8/2013  /  Compliance , Export Controls , Exports

Global Connection - October 2013: Understand the “EAR”: Making the Transition from the ITAR to the Export Administration...

One of the main reasons for the government’s Export Control Reform initiative (“ECR”) was to ensure that the United States’ comparative advantage in certain technologies against the rest of the global marketplace is...more

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