Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



The Chief Electoral Officer Needs Better GST Advice

On December 31, 2009, the Ontario Court of Justice issued a decision in Conservative Fund Canada v. The Chief Electoral Officer. The case is unusual because the Chief Electoral Officer is refusing to accept revised filings by...

What is "Enlightened Sovereignty"?

In Davos on January 28, 2010, Canada's Prime Minister Harper used the term "enlightened sovereignty" in a speech. He stated:

“But ladies and gentlemen, in that brief parting of the veil, I saw world leadership at its best, a...

What Are the World Leaders Promoting: Trade or Protectionism?

The National Post contains a great post by Terence Corcoran entitled "The loopy Obama-Sarkozy axis of trade".  He is right on point. Corcoran observes "on trade issues that [Obama and Sarkozy] promoted ideas that...

Even Canada's Department of National Defence Takes Steps to Avoid U.S. Export Controls Headaches

The Ottawa Citizen newspaper published an article written by David Pugliese on January 25, 2010 entitled "Navy says no to buying American U.S. restrictions on technology can lead to delays". This article contains great reporting...

Elements Of An Effective FCPA Compliance Program

Thomas R. Fox (twitter - @tfoxlaw) sends Trade Lawyers Blog the following post that we are pleased to share:

In his excellent FCPA Blog, Richard Cassin has written about an effective compliance program. He notes that the purpose...

A Warehouse in Ontario May be Considered to be a Nexus for Ontario Sales Tax Purposes

Renting storage space in an Ontario warehouse may be considered to be a nexus for Ontario retail sales tax purposes. Much attention is given to the presence of an employee or agent in a province / state when analyzing whether a...

United States and Japan Block WTO Review of Bank Bailouts

Reuters is reporting that at the January 22, 2010 Meeting of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body, the United States and Japan blocked requests by Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, India and China for a future review of trade...

Canada's CBSA Posts Information For Media Attending 2010 Winter Games

On January 22, 2010, the Canada Border Services Agency posted a Fact Sheet entitled "Media Coming to Canada for the 2010 Winter Games". The following information is provided:

To facilitate this process the CBSA established the...

CBSA Posts Information for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Visitors

On January 10, 2010, Trade Lawyers Blog posted that the Canada Border Services Agency had not posted any information to assist visitors arriving to attend the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On January 21, 2010, the...

Extra-Territorial Application of U.S. Prosecutorial Nexus

Has there been a change in the last year that occurred when we were not looking? In the last week, there have been two big news stories of business persons being arrested to be prosecuted for white collar crimes in the United...

Canada-European Union CETA Negotiations - What We Have is a Failure to Communicate

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade negotiators spent January 18-22, 2010 in Brussels Belgium negotiating the Second Round of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)....

The United States Loses Another Zeroing Case at the WTO

On January 22, 2010, a WTO dispute panel issued its report regarding a complaint by Thailand titled “United States — Anti-dumping measures on polythene retail carrier bags from Thailand” (DS383).  The panel concluded...

The Truth About U.S. Border Laptop Searches Raises Legitimate Cross-Border Business Issues

The United States American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act seeking documents from the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) about the government’s...

Reading the Tea Leaves in the EU-India FTA Negotiations to Anticipate Issues for Canada-EU CETA

News Centre reports that India and the EU free trade agreement negotiators will meet next week after the Canadian delegation leaves Brussels. The India-Eu FTA negotiations started in 2007 and the negotiators are on the Seventh...

WTO Agrees to Establish Panel in the United States: Tyres Safeguard Case

On January 19, 2010, the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to establish a DSB panel to hear the dispute United States - Measures Affecting Imports of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tyres from China (DS399) filed by...

Canada-EU CETA Update #2: What Do Canadian Negotiators Need to Know

My good friend Riyaz Dattu (and Peter Glossop) at Oslers is reporting that:

Canadian officials are anxious to receive input from Canadian business. Businesses should consider both their defensive trade strategies in adjusting to...