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Know the Risks: Domestic and International Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An open question coming into 2017 was whether the aggressive enforcement posture that had characterized the Obama and Bush administrations would continue under the Trump administration. Any questions were answered with the...more

California Approves Regulations for Driverless Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On February 26, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") approved the California Department of Motor Vehicles' ("Cal DMV") proposed regulations allowing the testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles...more

The Automotive Sector Faces Sharply Increased Duties and International Trade Risks Following Announcement of Unprecedented Section...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1st, the automotive sector that consume steel and aluminum were confronted with a potentially large tariff rate increase. Despite intense lobbying by automotive companies, President Trump announced that the U.S....more

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed...more

Trump Infrastructure Plan Proposes Expansion of Federal Credit Programs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last week, the White House released to Congress its long-awaited infrastructure plan—a 53-page Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America (the “Outline”)—to accompany its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget....more

Will partisan assault on Obamacare also rack up costs of car insurance?

Although Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration may not want to stop their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, there may be other reasons to persuade them to do so....more

A closer look at round six of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round six of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Montreal on January 29, 2018. Trade ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico rejoined the talks this round with the aim of creating movement on contentious chapters....more

Energy & Sustainability 2017 Year in Review: Tax Bill (Part 1 of 4)

In this four-part series, we revisit 2017’s biggest developments in Energy & Sustainability-related news, milestones, policy changes, and financial transactions. This is the first installment of the series. The biggest...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Create Uncertainty for Automakers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The promise to renegotiate or else withdraw from NAFTA was one of the central points of the Trump campaign that helped him win states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In keeping with his campaign promises, the Trump...more

Public Transportation Agencies Borrow Ideas From Private Ride Sharing Apps To Enhance Services

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The popularity of ride sharing services have brought a flurry of innovative changes to public transit agencies. Such changes include, for example, partnering with private ride sharing services as well as offering smartphone...more

Tax Reform – Like-Kind Exchanges: Steps for Aircraft Owners to Consider Before the End of 2017

President Trump just signed into law the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. This legislation, formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”), impacts aircraft owners directly. Beginning in 2018,...more

Treasury, State and Commerce Implement Regulations Pursuant to the Trump Administration’s Cuba Policy

• On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took coordinated...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation. Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislature Sustains Governor's Veto of Marijuana Implementation Legislation - On Monday, November 6, the Legislature met for the second day of the Special Session to take up the Governor’s veto of the marijuana...more

Ontario Becomes First Province to Introduce Cannabis Legislation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 1, 2017, Ontario became the first province in Canada to introduce legislation related to cannabis, a month after announcing its comprehensive cannabis plan. The province introduced Bill 174, which enacts three new...more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...more

US Dramatically Increases Sanctions on North Korea

On September 21, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13810, which broadly expanded U.S. sanctions against North Korea. E.O. 13810 targets, among others, individuals and entities that are part of certain...more

Trump Administration Significantly Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On September 21, 2017, the White House announced additional sanctions against North Korea, following a new round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations on September 11 and an escalation of U.S. sanctions previously...more

US Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea; Non-US Persons Face Significantly Increased Risk

by Dentons on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump, in response to North Korea's nuclear activities, issued an Executive Order "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea” (EO). The EO provides for expansive designation...more

United States Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting North Korea

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea." The EO authorizes the US to impose blocking sanctions on North Korean persons,...more

Made in the USA: Executive Order Promotes Strict Adherence to Buy American Laws and Signals Potential Legal Reform in Fall 2017

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” On April 18, 2017, President Trump announced this policy in an executive order, aptly titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The order...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 7 - NAFTA Renegotiation Part 1: A Tense Start, Then Progress

by Benesch on

This publication is our seventh installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’...more

Sen. McCain's New Jones Act Repeal Effort Not Likely to Progress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Sen. John McCain's proposed "Open America's Waters Act of 2017" is the Arizona Republican's fourth effort to eliminate or sharply pare back Jones Act cabotage restrictions in the past eight years. • McCain's latest...more

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