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House Committee Holds Hearing on Export Control Reform Bill

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Modernizing Export Controls: Protecting Cutting Edge Technology and U.S. National Security” to examine the proposed Export Control Reform Act...more

CFIUS Continues Aggressive Intervention, Qualcomm Deal Blocked

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump blocked Broadcom, a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, from pursuing the purchase of U.S.-based Qualcomm, a rival chip maker. Broadcom’s offer, reportedly for $117 billion or...more

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica – Brave New World for Privacy and Data Misuse

by Holland & Hart LLP on

The dramatic revelations that Facebook users’ personal data was potentially misused by political advertising firm, Cambridge Analytica, has troubling implications for consumer privacy that will become ever-more complicated...more

US amends and reissues North Korea Sanctions Regulations

by Dentons on

On March 5, 2018, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended and reissued the North Korean Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR Part 510 (NKSR), in order to align the North Korea sanctions program...more

FBI and DHS Issue Alert Regarding Russian Hackers

by Murtha Cullina on

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint Technical Alert late last week to warn that Russian government-based hackers are actively targeting U.S. utilities, other critical...more

Separation anxiety – UK Government publishes position on the use of data and protection of information obtained or processed in UK...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The UK Government has published a Technical note: Other Separation Issues reiterating “the joint UK and EU desire to establish a deep and special future partnership” and confirming the UK’s position on technical issues...more

Potential Tariffs on Apparel, Footwear, Electronics, and Home Goods from China

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Trump Administration is planning on dusting off another infrequently used provision of the trade laws, Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, to impose additional tariffs on apparel, footwear, electronics, and home goods...more

Department of Commerce Sets Forth Exclusion Process to Avoid Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

by Reed Smith on

On March 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released its interim final rule amending the National Security Industrial Base Regulations by adding two new supplements establishing...more

Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exemptions – What You Need to Know

by Baker Donelson on

Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum come into effect this week. Here are the basic facts. What tariffs are being imposed? A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports....more

U.S. Department of Commerce Provides Further Guidance Regarding the Process for Submitting Exclusion Requests to the Section 232...

by WilmerHale on

This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim final rule establishing the process by which organizations may submit requests for exclusions from the 25% duties on steel...more

Brexit immigration update: agreement reached on the transition period

by Dentons on

On 19 March 2018 the EU and UK held a joint press conference to announce that they had reached agreement on a number of key areas of the withdrawal agreement. Most notably for employers in the UK, the length of the transition...more

A closer look at round seven of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round seven of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Mexico City on March 5, 2018. The talks ended with United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, indicating that the US is prepared to walk away from NAFTA and...more

Analysis of Executive Order Prohibiting Broadcom’s Acquisition of Qualcomm

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order blocking Broadcom Limited’s acquisition of chipmaker Qualcomm, Inc. (the Order) is the latest in a series of significant actions and statements regarding the national security...more

Procurement Pulse - March 2018

by DLA Piper on

This month we look at the Lancashire case, where Mr Justice Fraser dispels a myth about procurement law, and raises new issues which might be thrown into the balance whilst deciding whether or not to lift the automatic stay....more

U.S. Increases Sanctions Against Russia

by Reed Smith on

We have seen firm responses from numerous western countries in light of recent Russian cyber activity and allegations of a Russian nerve agent attack in the UK. The US has stepped up sanctions against Russian entities and...more

Sanctions Penalties Tick Up Again

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Penalties for violations of sanctions rules administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ticked up again yesterday. Most violations of OFAC’s rules now face statutory penalties of $295,141 or twice the value...more

New Tariffs: Definition & Exclusion

When President Trump announced the 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs on March 8, 2018, he instructed the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations explaining how American companies could seek exclusions from those tariffs...more

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and the Impact on the Energy Industry

Issue - The President signed two proclamations on March 8, 2018 imposing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum effective March 23, 2018. The tariffs will affect a number of...more

Department of Commerce Outlines Process for Product-Exclusions from Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Pursuant to President’s Trump’s March 8, 2018 proclamations issued under authority of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, added customs tariffs on imports of a wide variety of steel and aluminum imports from all...more

Trump makes it official: Venezuelan digital currency is subject to sanctions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The President signed a new Executive Order today making it unlawful to engage in transactions involving digital currency issued by the Venezuelan government. The Executive Order makes official prior guidance from the Office...more

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

This Week in Congress

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. The FY 2018 omnibus bill will be hogging the spotlight this week, as lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown. The deadline is March 23, and the...more

Section 232: Process And Procedure For Requesting Exclusions For Steel And Aluminum Imports

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On Monday March 19, 2018, the Department of Commerce published its interim rule for the submission of exclusions requests for Section 232 tariffs announced by the White House on March 8, 2018. The rules published by...more

The U.S. sanctions Russian trolls and threatens future measures against Russian officials and oligarchs

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blacklisted 14 new Russian individuals and the Internet Research Agency as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their role interfering with the 2016 U.S....more

Can U.S. Allies Sidestep New Steel And Aluminum Tariffs?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The recent announcement by the White House that it intends to unilaterally impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports from all countries except Canada and Mexico has created...more

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