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|U.S. and EU Respond to Ukraine Crisis with Sanctions|
Kara M. Bombach, Sanford M. Saunders, Nicoleta Timofti, Erik de Bie; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014In March 2014, the U.S. and EU authorities issued a series of sanctions against those deemed to be compromising Ukraine’s peace, sovereignty, democratic processes, and state assets. The U.S. also placed a hold on issuance of new export licenses for items destined for Russia. The U.S. and EU...
|U.S. Supreme Court Settles Lanham Act Standing Conflict|
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Static Control Components, Inc. had the right to sue Lexmark International Inc. under the Lanham Act’s false advertising prong. In doing so, the Court established a new Lanham Act standing test, rejecting several different tests circuit...
|Continuing Legal Developments in Response to the Situation in Ukraine|
Renato Antonini, Sean Thomas Boyce, Steven W. Fleming, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib; Jones Day;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 2014As anticipated in our recent Commentary "Imposition of Sanctions Measures in Response to the Developing Crisis in Ukraine" and our updating Alert "Further Legal Developments in Response to the Situation in Ukraine," there have been recent developments that have led to the...
|OFAC Issues General License G Regarding Certain Academic Exchanges and Educational Services in Iran|
Duane Morris LLP;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 26, 2014On March 19, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License G pertaining to certain academic exchanges and the exportation or importation of certain educational services to Iran. The General License covers educational services that may be provided by U.S. academic...
|The Continued Fight Against Impunity in Guatemala|
Ajita Shah; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) recently received a €4m boost from the European Union (EU) when the EU and the United Nations in Guatemala signed a cooperation agreement worth €4m or 44 million Guatemalan Quetzales to support the work of the CICIG.
|Anti-Corruption Compliance: How well are your overseas agents behaving?|
Conor J. Cronin; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014On August 15, 2013, Nazir Karigar was convicted of bribing an Indian official in order to facilitate the execution of a multi-million dollar contract under Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). He wasn’t convicted in India, where the crime took place, but in Canada under...
|Conflict Minerals Disclosures: Time for Final Preparations|
David S. Bakst, Harry R. Beaudry, John P. Berkery, Edward S. Best, Bernd Bohr; Mayer Brown LLP;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014The filing deadline is drawing near for the first conflict minerals disclosures required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the conflict minerals rule adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). SEC reporting companies, regardless of their fiscal...
|White House Expands Russian Sanctions: New Executive Order Targets Major Russian Industries|
Gregory Husisian, Christopher M. Swift; Foley & Lardner LLP;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014On March 20, 2014, President Obama issued a new Executive Order expanding sanctions against Russian officials and other entities involved in Moscow’s recent annexation of Crimea. Building on previous orders, the measure authorizes asset freezes, travel bans, and other punitive measures...
|Addressing Public Corruption is Fundamental to Trade Facilitation|
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014With the finalization of a Trade Facilitation Agreement (“TFA”) at the conclusion of the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on December 7, 2013 (see: https://mc9.wto.org/system/files/documents/w8-0.pdf), the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) proved that it is not...
|Goldboro LNG Environmental Assessment Approved|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014The Goldboro LNG export terminal project, sponsored by Pieridae Energy (Canada) Ltd., has received environmental assessment (EA) approval, with conditions, from the Minister of Environment for the Province of Nova Scotia. The proposed terminal would receive imported natural gas from the United...