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Origin Verifications for U.S. Exports a Key Aspect of NAFTA Negotiations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 commenced in August 2017, a lot of attention has been placed on specific disciplines (e.g., rules of origin, investment disputes, antidumping, etc.)...more

"Make in India" Initiative Extends to Medical Devices - India's New Medical Device Rules Are Now in Effect

by Hogan Lovells on

In January 2017, India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the long-awaited Medical Device Rules of 2017 (MDR 2017 or the Act), which took effect on January 1, 2018. Upon implementation, this regulation replaced...more

European Commission Publishes Guidance on Brexit and UK Food Exports

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 February 2018, the European Commission issued a notice on the impact of Brexit for food products originating from the UK. The Commission confirmed that, in the absence of a transitional agreement, the UK will become a...more

U.S. Customs Determines Coffee Bean Country of Origin is Where Roasted

by Reed Smith on

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published its final determination that the country where raw green coffee beans are roasted—not necessarily grown—is their country of origin for the purpose of government...more

Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

by Smart & Biggar on

As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law begins in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented...more

Food Litigation Trends: New and Undefined Label Claims in 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Part 1: Current Trends and Ingredient Claims - Class-action lawsuits involving the false advertising of food products continue to be one of the most active areas in class litigation. Originally published in Update...more

More Coffee Please: CBP Rules That Coffee’s Country Of Origin Is Determined By Where Beans Are Roasted — Not Where Raw Beans...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Customs & Border Protection recently issued a Final Determination that the coffee roasting process “substantially transforms” raw coffee for purposes of country-of-origin determinations and U.S....more

CBP Holds That Roasting Changes Coffee’s Country Of Origin

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recently issued Final Determination, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that the roasting of coffee beans substantially transforms the beans into a product of the country in which the beans were...more

Prime contractor found nonresponsible based on undisclosed vendor-vetting process - contingency contractors beware

by DLA Piper on

Contingency contractors should take note of a recent bid protest decision from the Government Accountability Office, which approved the Department of Defense's use of a special, non-transparent database to determine the...more

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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

Will NAFTA Renegotiation Bring Joy to Retailers?

by Perkins Coie on

Retailers are looking ahead to the holiday season, but many are also watching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation, which is ambitiously (and improbably) slated to conclude around the holiday season....more

What to Expect From NAFTA Renegotiations

On July 17, 2017, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a report on U.S. goals to modify the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The report provides insight into the issues that will be...more

Cattle Groups Sue USDA to Compel Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); Launching Newest Standoff in Longstanding COOL Dispute

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Two groups representing U.S. cattle producers recently brought suit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on the agency’s March 2016 decision to revoke regulations requiring that beef and pork...more

Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks industry submissions on blended wine labelling

by DLA Piper on

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) is asking for the opinions of industry members and consumers regarding proposed changes to the way blended wine is labelled in Canada....more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Abril - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de abril destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Propiedad Intelectual, Competencia Económica, Arbitraje...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosure New SEC Guidance

by BakerHostetler on

On April 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Division of Corporate Finance (the "Division") indicated that it will not recommend enforcement of the conflict minerals source and chain of custody due...more

EU Retail News - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

Blog: Senate Hearing On Conflict Minerals Law Reveals Common Theme

by Cooley LLP on

On April 5, just prior to the release of Corp Fin’s Updated Statement on conflict minerals, the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy held a hearing on the effects on the Democratic Republic of the Congo of...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

SEC Provides Additional Relief for Conflict Minerals Disclosures: What Should Covered Public Companies File on May 31st?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued a statement on the effect of the recent court decisions in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

EU Retail News - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

From April 2017, the following legal changes are coming into effect. Make sure your business is prepared! Part of this publication originally published by Drapers - March, 2017...more

“Made in the USA” Claims

by Bryan Cave on

Although every product imported into the United States must be marked with its country of origin pursuant to Section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, most products manufactured domestically are not required to list the United...more

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