Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Toronto Mayor Proposes International Foreign Investment Opportunities

On September 29, 2008, Mayor David Miller unveiled a proposal to attract private investors from overseas to Toronto.  His proposal is to create two new arm's-length corporations for Toronto.  The new entities, to be...

Canadian Companies May Benefit From U.S. Changes to De Minimis Rules for Export Controls

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has revised its regulations on export controls for foreign-made items that incorporate controlled U.S.-origin goods (the de minimis rules).  The changes are effective on an...

Malaysia Imposes 5% Tax on Production Services

Malaysia’ has imposed a five percent tax on production services in the country.  This new imposition may result in production companies selecting alternative Asian countries for production services.  This is not a good...

Laptop Searches Editorial in Los Angeles Times

Laptop searches at the border is a topic that I frequently write about on this blog.  The following article appears as a editorial in the Los Angeles Times on September 29, 2008:...

Canadian Truckers Should Know that the U.S. Will Start to Enforce APHIS on September 30, 2008

Starting on September 30, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin to monitor transit movements of agricultural commodities going across the border from Canada to the United States. The new development arises as a...

Will The $700 Billion Bailout Be Argued to Be A Countervailable Subsidy?

As the U.S. moves towards approving the $700 Billion bailout of Wall Street, lawyers from outside the U.S. may be asking whether the bailout gives rise to a countervailable subsidy.  If it was Canada bailing out Bay Street...

SAARC Countries to Harmonize Customs Procedures and Documentation

The Asian Tribunal has reported that  the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries will harmonize their customs procedures and documentation.  The SAARC countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan,...

China Indicating It Will Boycott Brazilian Iron Ore

China has threatened to boycott imports of iron ore after Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce tried to again increase prices for Asian customers.  It could be that Chinese steel manufacturers would make the decision on ...

Canadian Liberals Do Not Support the Concluded Canada - Columbia FTA

On September 24, 2008, Stephane Dion, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada indicated is response to a question at the University of British Columbia that he does not support the FTA Canada has concluded with Columiba. ...

New U.S. Extra-territorial Legislation Includes Tougher Iran Sanctions

On September 26, 2008, the U.S. Congress approved new legislated sanctions that would authorize state and local governments to divest any assets of their pension funds and investments in companies that have invested more than...

Prime Minister Harper Makes Campaign Promise to Restrict Exports of Raw Bitumen

On September 26, 2008, P)rime Minister Stephen Harper made a campaign promise to restrict the export of raw bitumen (in other words, he promised to ban the export of heavy black oil from Canada's oil sands to countries with lax...

Countries Should Be Watching U.S. Congress Discussions Reinstating Byrd Amendment

On September 24, 2008, business groups from every major sector of the U.S. economy communicated with House and Senate leaders urging them to reject any attempts to reinstate the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act. The...

India Concludes CEPA with South Korea

On September 26, 2008, India successfully concluded talks on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) involving free trade of goods and services with South Korea.  A Commerce Ministry source close to the...

NDP Say That If Elected, They Will Terminate Softwood Lumber Agreement

On September 24, 2008, the NDP made a surprising announcement promising that, if Jack Layton were elected Prime Minister, he would serve the United States notice that Canada will withdraw from the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Mr....

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Quoted in Embassy Magazine of Canada-EFTA FTA

The following article written by Michelle Collins appeared in the September 24, 2008 issue of Embassy magazine at the following link -http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/september/24/trade_deal/...

Useful information for Lawyers and Professionals about Securing Laptop Information When Crossing Borders

This has been a topic that I have been writing about on this blog for a number of months. 

 

The Canadian Bar Association has issued one of the best articles I have seen on what lawyers should be doing to protect their...