Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



FDA Expands Its Presence

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified on the Hill in June stating the national roll-out of PREDICT is back on track. Currently, this FDA targeting system is operational in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle...

Park Doctrine and FDA Enforcement

Last summer, FDA management warned industry the Agency was planning to find ways to use an old court decision, U.S. vs. Park, 421 U.S. 658 (Sup. Ct. 1975), to increase its enforcement arsenal. In that case, an executive at a food...

Case Against Former GSK Lawyer Dies

Former GSK Lawyer Exonerated

Last March we talked about the charges against former GlaxoSmithKline lawyer Lauren Stevens being dismissed. Shortly thereafter, charges were refiled and the case went to trial. (Ms. Stevens had...

Canada Border Services Agency is Juiced to Verify Tariff Classification Compliance of Juice Importers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is targeting juice in its 2011 national priorities for post-release trade compliance verifications. This is the second year for this verification target because significant non-compliance...

The Canada Border Servcies Agency Are "Enforcers" - So Why Do Importers Answer Questions Without Thinking?

Why do importers feel the need to immediately pick up telephone and call the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) when they hear from their customs broker that the CBSA is asking questions about particular import transactions?...

Trade Symposium – Interagency Cooperation

Al Gina, the new Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner, International Trade, moderated the session at the CBP Trade Symposium. He talked about the Border Interagency Cooperation Council. It’s initial meeting last...

Glaxo Lawyer’s Indictment Dismissed

In November 2010, we reported the indictment of Lauren Stevens, former in-house lawyer at Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK). The FDA claimed doctors were marketing a drug for off-brand uses, i.e., uses other than those approved...

What Will Implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Look Like?

While it is still early in the process, and the FDA already has competing demands on its limited staff, including a plethora of reports that must be submitted to Congress over the next couple of years, some signs are starting to...

New Rules in Canada for Stopping Goods Contaminated with Foreign Soil

On January 28, 2011, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released Customs Notice CN-11-001 "Implementation of the Strengthening of the Canada Border Services Agency's Procedures Respecting the Importation of Goods...

Tricks of the Trade - Dealing with FDA

Tricks of the Trade – February 10, 2011The Food & Drug Administration and the New Food Safety Law.

Join us to learn the latest developments at the FDA and how the new food safety law will change how you do business.

This...

Canadian Tariff Classification Numbers May Differ From U.S. Tariff Classification Numbers

It is not uncommon for U.S. exporters to provide to Canadian importers the H.S. tariff classification number for a good that is the number to be used or was used when the goods enter/entered the United States - and not provide...

My Predictions for 2011

You do not need be a psychic to make predictions. I have been watching the trends in the new trade laws and cases. The trends are:

A. Accountability - Following the law is not a suggestion - individuals and partnerships will be...

Tom Fox/Jonathan Marks 13 Steps Compliance Action Plan

My friend Tom Fox has recently posted two posts on FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog:

1. Jonathan Marks' 13 Step FCPA Compliance Action Plan (January 11, 2011) -...

Food Safety Law - The Mountain Moved!!!!

Originally published in the January 2011 Journal of Commerce Magazine

In the waning days of an otherwise stagnant time, the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress produced a number of remarkable pieces of legislation. For...

In What Direction Is Trade Compliance Going?

The answer is: Higher! Deeper!

If we take a moment to look at the headlines of 2010, we should predict what are the new risks that will need to be covered:

Preventing Wikileaks and similar divulgence of sensitive...

Fail to Declare Goods at the Canadian Border - Lose Your NEXUS Pass

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is taking a hard line with Canadians who do not make complete and truthful accounting of the goods acquired or received while outside Canada. If you are a NEXUS pass holder and you...