Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Mexican Truckers Sue

The National Chamber of Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) has filed for arbitration under NAFTA. The Mexican truckers, perhaps not surprisingly, have gotten tired of being nice guys. They have been waiting since 1994 for the U.S....

COOL Challenge

In December 2008, Canada and Mexico challenged the COOL rules designed for the labeling of meat and meat products as enacted by USDA. As part of the WTO dispute resolution process, USTR seeks comments. For more details, see...

Customs Fraud Leads To Jail Time

In May in Mississippi, Paul Kotsakas of PK Promotions, Inc. was sentenced to serve nine (9) months in jail plus pay a fine of $3,000 and restitution of $10,430 for undervaluing and misclassifying imported goods. Upon release, he...

Mislabeled Catfish Leads To Jail Term

$15.5 million worth of catfish was imported into the U.S. from Vietnam and labelled and sold as sole, grouper, flounder, snakehead, channa, and conger pike. DNA tests revealed the frozen fish was a member of the catfish family...

Jail Time for False NAFTA Certificate of Origin

The Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Pub.L. 107-56)) contains a provision which allows the U.S. to prosecute for export...

Melamine in Pet Food Case Settled

Starting the spate of recent consumer complaints about contaminated food, the ChemNutra case has just been resolved. We mentioned this case in an earlier edition of our Alert, but by way of reminder, ChemNutra and its owners...

Buy American – Is Backfiring?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) contains Buy American provisions which are backfiring with our trading partners and causing lots of domestic complications. The Recovery Act holds that so long...