Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Intellectual property pirates to face new border controls

Over time we have provided various updates on the rights of holders of intellectual property to seize goods at the border arising out of alleged breaches of copyright or trademark legislation.  Those holding intellectual...

New Bills to have an impact on industry

Industry needs to be aware of the progress of two new Bills introduced into Federal Parliament on 23 March 2011 which will have an impact on their operations.

The first Bill is the Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other...

The rights and liabilities of the unknowing Consignee

Introduction

 

There has been significant debate and discussion about the right and liabilities of parties to shipping contracts for container detention or damage charges.  In the majority of cases, the parties involved are...

New US food controls create additional issues for Australian food exporters

Introduction

 

The level of food safety regulation in the United States ("US") has risen over recent years as US governments have sought to protect the safety of food consumed in the United States.  According to the US Food...

Customs proposing new regulation of exports, depots and warehouses

By way of Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2011/04 ("Notice") and subsequent announcement on its website, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") sought feedback from industry on the...

Export Licensing Enforcement Now Falls on Human Resources Managers, Too.

Effective November 23, 2010, any company that applies for an H-1B (H-1B, H-1B1, Chile/Singapore), L-1, or O-1A visa for a foreign national through the filing of an I-129 must now certify that there are no International Traffic in...

Egypt is a Member of the World Trade Organization

Egypt is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The current issue will not change that fact. To the extent that the issues remain local, there should not be a WTO connection. That being said, to the extent that there is...

ICC issues new Incoterms 2010

The International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") (not to be confused with the International Cricket Council) has now released its new "Incoterms 2010" which will come into effect on 1 January 2011.

Incoterms are an...

CTT Christmas- New Year Update – 2010

In accordance with seasonal tradition, we thought we would bring you an update as to current developments as we reach the end of 2010.

International Developments

 

Australia has been involved with a number of recent...

Update on insulation and container detention claims

Background

 

I thought it would be useful to provide the following summary on the status of claims associated with the Federal Government Home Insulation Scheme and efforts to recover allegedly excessive container detention...

Commencement date for Australia - NZ and ASEAN FTA confirmed

According to a media release of 25 October 2009 from the Australian Trade Minister, it has been agreed that the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement will come into force on 1 January 2010 following discussion between...

Mexico Is Considering Taking U.S. to U.N. International Court on Monday Over NAFTA Trucking Case

If you have been following CyndeeLaw on Twitter, you will have already seen the discussion that I have been having with Mexico Times. On Saturday, August 8, 2008, Mexico Times tweeted:

4500 #Mexico Trucking Cos will sue US...

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Issues Report Facebook Needs to Improve Privacy Practices

On July 16, 2009, Canada's Privacy Commissioner issued a news release entitled " facebook needs to improve privacy practices, investigation finds". A copy of the news release may be found at the following link -...

EPA Webcasts Communicate "Buy America" Guidelines Okay Ignoring / Shutting Out Companies from NAFTA Partners

I received the article below from Jane Moffat from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Credit also needs to be given to David R. Butcher, the author of the article.

The article is scary to Canadian companies because it clarified...

Australia is Reviewing GST Provisions Relating to Supplies of Financial Services

The Australian Government has announced that it is engaging in consultations and is reviewing the financial supply provisions of the GST with a view to reducing their complexity and introducing more principled rules, while...

Obama Trade Policy

A high ranking Obama Administration official recently identified the four pillars of Obama's trade policy as the multilateral system, enforcing what was negotiated, free trade agreements, and how well does the trading system work...