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Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

Large Employers in France Already Enjoying Benefits of Labor Reforms

by Fisher Phillips on

In late September, my colleague, Brian Ellixson, published a post concerning the start of a power swing, from France’s historically employee-friendly labor regime to a somewhat more employer-friendly system. Indeed, although...more

Court of session refuses permission to proceed in legal action over revocability of Article 50

by DLA Piper on

On 6 February 2018 the Court of Session in Edinburgh refused permission for judicial review proceedings to be brought to determine whether the UK Government could legally withdraw its Article 50 notice under which the UK is...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Insurance Companies

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a budget reconciliation act commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This sweeping tax bill represents the most comprehensive reform of U.S. tax...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Section 232 Decisions – Department of Commerce Recommends Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

by Clark Hill PLC on

On February 16, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) released its reports in the Section 232 investigations on steel and aluminum. The investigations were carried out under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of...more

Commerce Secretary Releases Steel and Aluminum 232 Reports, Recommends Remedies

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Secretary Ross released public versions of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s reports concerning the agency’s section 232 investigations into the impact on national security of steel and aluminum...more

Commerce Releases Steel And Aluminum Section 232 Reports

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Department of Commerce released its reports recommending remedies with respect to the Section 232 investigations of steel and aluminum today, February 16. The steel report was submitted to the White House on January 11,...more

21 Russian Companies Added To The U.S. Entity List

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The United States imposed new sanctions against 21 Russian companies today by adding them to the Commerce Department’s Entity List. Among other restrictions, U.S. and non-U.S. companies are now prohibited from transferring...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #3

Trump Budget Seeks 23 Percent Cut at EPA, Eliminating Dozens of Programs - "The fiscal 2019 proposal released marks the Trump administration's latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to...more

What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...more

Will Brexit remove the "black spot" in the UK-South Africa citrus fruit trade?

by Hogan Lovells on

The EU trade deals with South Africa in respect of agricultural products have contained some barriers to trade. There have been non-tariff barriers to trade in the market of citrus fruits, including oranges, mandarins, lemons...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Defined Contribution Plans in the US and the UK: Lessons From Across the Pond

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has published a paper—“DC Plans in the US and the UK: Lessons From Across the Pond”—which addresses the differences between defined contribution (DC) plans in the US and the...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

White House Unveils Proposal on Drug Pricing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Trump Administration released a 30-page report analyzing domestic and global factors influencing drug pricing. The report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is expected to inform the HHS' Fiscal...more

Serious changes for fixed-term employment in Germany announced

by Bryan Cave on

The formation of a new government in Germany has not yet been completed however since February 7, 2018, the coalition agreement has been signed. Such political guidelines were consistently implemented during the last...more

Is There a Burger in the Treasury’s CAATSA Report?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

While Washington politicians and the media are engaged in heated debates about Russia, international businesses have to be vigilant in complying with the existing sanctions regimes. A January 29, 2018 report issued by the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

Lurches, Leaps, Feints, and Flops: Movements Without Motion in Russian Sanctions Policy

Since the U.S. Government determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, movement around Russia sanctions policy has been vigorous, if not unidirectional. In 2016, the United States implemented twice sanctions...more

Countries Enter into CPTPP without U.S.

by Goodwin on

About one year after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is to be signed in March by the remaining countries (with ratification...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs On Imported Large Residential Washing Machines And Imported Solar Cells And Modules - On January 22, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that...more

Data Protection Laws in India

In August 2017, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment in the case of Justice K S Puttuswamy vs Union of India (Supreme Court of India, WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO 494 OF 2012), in which fundamental rights, as provided in...more

WEF 2018: What you missed in the Global Markets Forum

Despite the unusually extreme snow fall that buried Davos for days leading up to the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF), thousands of dignitaries still descended on the remote Swiss ski resort to opine on the future of the world...more

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