Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



NAFTA Chapter 11 Win Leads to $58.4 Million Payday

On January 25, 2011, Corn Products International issued a press release that it had received $58.4 million from the Government of Mexico as payment of an arbitral award issued in respect of a Chapter 11 of NAFTA claim. ...

Verifications Under NAFTA Article 506 Are All The Rage

Recently, I have been informed of two NAFTA verifications being conducted by the Canadian Government in order to verify the correctness of NAFTA certificates of origin provided by U.S. companies and one NAFTA verification being...

The American Meat Institute Says Not COOL & Supports Canada & Mexico in the COOL Trade Dispute

Food Safety News reports that the American Meat Institute (AMI) is supporting Canada and Mexico in the dispute concerning the United States 2008 Farm Bill country of origin labelling (COOL) rules. The report indicates that the...

Canada's Environment Minister on U.S. Climate Change Bill

On May 15, 2009, Canada's National Post newspaper ran an article entitled "U.S. Climate bill would be 'disaster'". For a copy of the well-written article, please go to the following link -...

USTR Promises to Fight Protectionism in the World

On March 31, 2009, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) transmitted to Congress the 2009 National Trade Estimate Report.  The USTR plans to “aggressively defend our rights and benefits under the rules-based trading...

Another View of the Mexico - U.S. Trade Dispute

The San Francisco Chronicle has writen:

It's not a trade war yet, but there could be one unless Washington backs away from a ban on Mexican trucks crossing the border.

This dispute has the potential to worsen relations between...

There They Go Again - U.S. Auto Protectionism at its Worst

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that they plan to introduce an amendment to the Senate stimulus package that would help American automakers sell their cars, while also taking older, less...

Two Words -- "Steel Safeguard" -- Think Carefully

Today I read a Washington Post article entitled "'Buy American' Rider Sparks Trade Debate".  Go to the following link for the entire article -...

Canadian Association and Manufacturers Are Concerned About "Buy America" Restrictions Related to U.S Stimulus Monies

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has written a letter warning of the "Buy America" provisions in Stimulus legislation.  Perrin Beatty, writes:

Dear Canadian Chamber of Commerce member:

 

As you are probably aware, an...

British Columbia Announces Changes to Softwood Stumpage

On January 14, 2009, the British Columbia Government announced that the Province will update Coastal stumpage rates to reflect market realities; introduce new measures to expand the use of B.C. wood in construction; support...

Suggestion on What the CAW Can Do to Help the Canadian Auto Industry

There is a lot of talk among trade law specialists about whether payments to the auto industry would result in a WTO illegal subsidy.  IF Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Korea and the United States all bail out their...

Early Signals that Obama Win Bad for Canada

The rumours have started and so has the fear - rumour has it that President-elect Obama will tie any U.S. auto aid to a repatriation of jobs from Canada and Mexico to the United States.  In other words, the United States...

Canada Not Reassured By Talks with President-Elect Obama's Advisors

Some in Canada are not convinced that U.S. President-Elect Obama will act in the best interests of the North American economy.  I, for one, think that the talks of renegotiating NAFTA will lead to uncertainty, which will in...

Potentially A New NAFTA or WTO Case Between Canada and the U.S

On November 2, 2008, the Canadian Press reported that Canadian beef and pork producers want Ottawa to commence trade actions against the United States over a new law that is already starting to shut their livestock out of...

NDP Say That If Elected, They Will Terminate Softwood Lumber Agreement

On September 24, 2008, the NDP made a surprising announcement promising that, if Jack Layton were elected Prime Minister, he would serve the United States notice that Canada will withdraw from the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Mr....

Softwood Lumber Still in the Headlines

In August, 2008, a bid by a Canadian softwood lumber company, Tembec, to vacate a NAFTA Chapter 11 cost award was dismissed by a United States District Court. This was the second request by Tembec to the United States District...