Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



FCPA – A New Twist?

There was much fanfare in the general press in January concerning Department of Justice’s arrest and indictment of 22 executives and employees of companies that transact business involving military and law-enforcement products....

FCPA Guilty Plea

In a January 2010 Alert, we mentioned the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) indictment of John Warwick of Ports Engineering Consultants Corp. (PECC). For more details and background, click...

Proposed HST Place of Supply Rule For Real Property Is Relatively Straight-Forward

On February 25, 2010, Canada's Department of Finance released its proposed harmonized sales tax (HST) place of supply rules which will be used to determine whether a supplier (Seller) must charge, collect and remit HST in...

Sales Tax & Customs Compliance vs Initiative

I am a huge fan of Seth Godin. However, he scared me this morning by beating me to a post. While Seth's post entitled "It's easier to teach compliance than initiative" (go to the following link - sethgodin.typepad.com) has...

Proposed HST Place of Supply Rules Are Game-Changers

On February 25, 2010 (88 days until harmonization implementation in Ontario and British Columbia), the Department of Finance released the proposed harmonized sales tax (HST) place of supply rules. Here is a link to the pages of...

Canada's CBSA Makes Final Determination of Dumping and Subsidization on OCTG Goods

On February 22, 2010, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has issued final determinations of dumping and subsidizing in respect of oil country tubular goods, made of carbon or alloy steel, welded or seamless,...

Canada's CBSA Concluded Reivestigation of Antidumping Duties on Waterproof Footwear

On February, 23, 2010, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) concluded a reinvestigation of normal values and export prices regarding certain waterproof footwear and bottoms made of plastic or rubber from the People's Republic...

Canada's CBSA Commences Reinvestigation of Antidumping Duties on Bikes

Canada has imposed antidumping duties on bicycles from China and Taiwan for over 17.5 years.  On February 22, 2010, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) commenced a reinvestigation of normal values and export prices on...

Canada Border Services Agency Gives Self Mixed Review in Internal Audit

On February 22, 2010, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) posted an internal audit report concerning the adequacy and effectiveness of the control framework for the administration of permit, licence and other requirements...

Canada's CBSA's Behind Closed Door Discussions Include 10+2 Reporting for All Modes

The rumour mill is that the Canada Border Services Agency is considering implementing 10+2 reporting requirements on all modes of importation. The 10+2 reporting requirements are to be implemented by way of regulation. This means...

Arbitrator Exceeds Jurisdiction Post Award and British Columbia Court of Appeal Throws Out Award

A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision (issued on January 25, 2010)allows a defeated party in an arbitration to start over. In Westnav Container Services Ltd. v. Freeport Properties Ltd. (2010 BCCA 33), the British...

The Rumour Mill Says that the UAE is Iran's Back Door

There is information available on the Internet that the United Arab Emirates is the back door or intermediary for the flow of goods to Iran. Please see this article -...

Canada STILL Has Not Ratified ICSID

It is embarrassing - Canada signed the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID or the Washington Convention) on December 15, 2006 and passed legislation granting...

Get Audit Organized! Meticulously Detail Documents Provided to Auditors

Keeping track of the documents provided to any auditor (income tax, sales tax, customs duties, antidumping duties, etc.) is very important. I cannot say how many times I have come in after an auditor's visit to a new client and...

More Fusion Coming?

Over the last year or two, we have heard a good deal about Fusion Centers. These are locations where the federal government electronically shares details about individuals with state and local governments (which also share data...

Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) Enforcement Spreads

Another case involving the FCPA has recently made headlines. This one involves bribes allegedly paid to Panamanian port authority government officials in order to obtain and keep contracts having to do with maintaining...