Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Soon-to-be Imposed Fees For Incoming Text Messages Not Going Over Well

Industry Minister, Jim Prentice, has hinted (strongly) that Canadian telecom giants Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility could face new regulations if they do not reconsider their decision to charge customers for incoming text...

CBSA Officers at Pearson Airport to Get Sensitivity Training

Most people would laugh at the words "customs officers" and sensitivity training" in the same sentence.  They are not a group known for being "sensitive".  Well, the Canada Border Services...

Tobacco Companies Plead Guilty in Cross-Border Smuggling Case for $1.15 Billion

On July 31, 2008, two tobacco companies, (1) Rothmans Benson and Hedges ("Rothmans") and (2) Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. ("Imperial") ended cases going back 8 years relating to the cross-border smuggling of tobacco products. A...

Canada's Privacy Commissioner's News Release on Enhanced Drivers' Licenses

News Release

Enhanced driver’s licences concern Canada’s privacy guardians

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen

VICTORIA, February 5, 2008 – Plans to ...

Canada Will Pursue Bilateral and Regional Trading Arrangements if Doha Round Ends

Canada's Minister of International Trade announced that Canada would pursue bilateral and regional trading agreements while waiting for multi-lateral discussions to restart.  Minister Fortier stated:

"Despite the impasse,...

Not Ready to Compromise: WTO July Talks End Without Convergence

The “Doha Round” of multilateral trade talks at the World Trade Organization lapsed back into limbo on July 29, 2008 as an informal meeting of Ministers did not end in the acceptance of the compromise "package of elements".

If...

Chemical inspections hold up containers in Canada

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) changed is a program in which it tested containers for fumigant and solvent levels before allowing officers to enter them for inspection purposes. The program was originally put in place two...

Canada Ranks as Most Favourable in Terms of Low Business Taxes on Manufacturers and Well on Other Points

Canada is open for business.  For years Canada has been reducing taxes on businesses to put Canada top in the minds of foreign corporations as a place to incorporate in order to service the North American market.

The KPMG...

Developing Countries Need to Prepare Agricultural Safeguard Mechanism

The developing countries will have a lot of hard work to do to prepare the special agricultural safeguard mechanism that will be needed if the Doha Round is completed.  If the "package of elements" relating to agriculture...

Two Clues That Geographic Mapping Companies Must Have Export Permits

There are two recent clues that businesses that use satellites to map the earth's surface must have export controls registrations and licenses. The first clue is that Canada's Minister of Industry rejected the sale from MDA to...

What is the "Package of Elements" that WTO D-G Lamy Talks about?

On July 26, 2008, the World Trade Organization Director General, Pascal Lamy, announced that the informal discussions that took place during the week of July 21, 2008 had resulted in a "package of elements".  This "package...

Next Critical Step at the WTO Talks - SERVICES!

The Honorable Sergio Marchi, Canada's former Ambassador to the WTO and currently a business advisor in Lang Michener LLP's International Trade Group and the Chairman of the Canadian Services Coalition has sent Trade Lawyers Blog...

Stupid thief award

Well, it certainly sounded like the fellow was hit with a stupid stick - according to a report dated July 23, 2008 on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s website, a Rolls-Royce was stolen from a bonded warehouse where it had been...

Creative export restrictions

As countries such as Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam continue their efforts to restrict Internet access to their citizens,...

CBP Updates Policy re Laptop Searches

On July 16, 2008, CBP published a policy statement regarding how its officers are to conduct themselves when dealing with searches of laptops, PDAs and other electronic devices. See...

China: Which Way Will She Go?

"China likely to increase textile tax rebates" is the headline screamed by China Daily on July 15, 2008. See www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-07/15/content_6848428.htm. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is quoted as...