Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Doubling Exports In Five Years - How Are We Doing?

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in July 2011.

In his January 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama announced the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five (5) years. In September 2010, then Commerce...

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...

WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT – THE UK INQUISITION

Australian companies trading overseas face a variety of regulation which governs their operation.  That regulation includes the following:

Australian laws governing trade in Australia;Australian laws governing trade...

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...

Higher Walls Around Smaller Yards: The Implications of the Interagency Export Reform Initiative

The above-entitled program took place at the American Bar Association’s International Law Section Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 8, 2011, and was notable for those who have followed export reform efforts in that the...

Who says a voluntary self-disclosure is enough protection?

David W. Mills, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce, and his Special Advisor, Robert Rarog, spoke to the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee,...

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...

Trade Symposium – So Let’s Change the Process?

During the two days of the Customs and Border Protection Trade Symposium, we heard from a number of high level Customs managers, including Alan Bersin, Commissioner, and David Aguilar, Deputy Commissioner. Their message in a...

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...

The door is not closed on container detention fee issues

The issue of container detention fees remains a real problem for freight forwarders, customs brokers and importers.  It has certainly been the subject of many presentations and questions at CBFCA State Conventions and Member...

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...

Export Licensing Enforcement Now Falls on Human Resources Managers.

The lives of Human Resources Managers have recently been significantly complicated by virtue of U.S. immigration authorities (USCIS) issuing the newest version of the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The...

Libya and Economic Sanctions – What Does It Tell Us About the Future?

Originally published in the Journal of Commerce magazine, March 2011

Understandably, the current focus of international news coverage has turned from regime change in Tunisia and Egypt to the events taking place in Libya....