Canada-U.S. Blog Trade Lawyers Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Susan K. Ross

Monthly Archives: December 2011

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

Posted in Corporate Counsel, State Governments

As a reminder, this new California state law takes effect on January 1, 2012 and requires retailers and manufacturers with worldwide sales of $100 million or more who do business in California (and doing business is broadly defined) to add information to their websites regarding their efforts to combat slavery and human trafficking. Whether you… Continue Reading

Shareholders Seek Their Money Back

Posted in Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Corporate Counsel, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Uncategorized

Published originally by the Journal of Commerce in November 2011. Proving yet again that shareholders are no longer willing to tolerate systemic shortcomings from those in charge of public companies, the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees Retirement System has filed a shareholders derivative lawsuit in the Southern District of New York[1] against the officers and directors… Continue Reading

Changes re Liquidation Notices

Posted in Customs Law

At a webinar on Friday, October 7th, Cindy Allen of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) office spoke about planned changes regarding liquidation information. As has been previously reported, for money-saving reasons, CBP is doing way with mailing courtesy notices of liquidation to importers as each entry liquidates. While perhaps understandable as… Continue Reading

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Posted in Border Security, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Intellectual Property

At a recent program in Los Angeles, “IP Meets Pacific Rim, ” Perry Woo of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI,” previously Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and Anne Maricich of Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) described ways companies can protect their IP rights which are worth repeating. Mr. Woo, Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Los… Continue Reading

Canada Notifies Public Concerning Canada-Ukraine FTA Environmental Assessment and Seeks Comments

Posted in Cross-border trade

In the December 10, 2011 Canada Gazette, Part I (Volume 145, No. 50), Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade issued the following Notice: DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONDUCT AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF THE CANADA-UKRAINE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT The Government of Canada is now conducting an Environmental… Continue Reading

United States Trade Representative Seeks Public Comments on Canada Joining Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Negotiations

Posted in Agriculture, Cross-border trade

A “Request for Comments on Canada’s Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement” was published in the Federal Register today (December 7, 2011).  The Offfice of the United States Trade Representative is seeking public comment on the expression of interest by Canada to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. This a… Continue Reading

Inquiry to be Held on Subsidization of Canadian Ports

Posted in Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Cross-border trade, Politics, Tax

By: Chuck Andary, University of Windsor law student Upon receiving complaints from American ports, the Federal Maritime Commission will hold an inquiry on Canadian ports and whether they are being unfairly subsidized. The ports in question are off the coast of British Columbia and are seeing increased business compared to their American competitors. The central… Continue Reading

Increasing pressure on Canada to reform its intellectual property rights laws

Posted in Cross-border trade, Intellectual Property

By: Sarah Rashid, University of Windsor law student Canada signed the historic Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on October 1, 2011 in Tokyo Japan, which signifies the path towards greater commitment in combating the international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. ACTA is considered to be a groundbreaking initiative due to the international convergence on intellectual… Continue Reading

Canada wins trade dispute over COOL meat labeling requirements at the WTO against the U.S.

Posted in Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

By: Sarah Rashid, University of Windsor law student After much anticipation from Canada in regards to the issue, Canada has won the trade dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) pertaining to the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements on beef and pork imposed by the United States. Canada launched a challenge with the WTO in 2008… Continue Reading