July 2013

Here is a link to the July 19th statement by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, USTR and State Dept. about conditions expected of factories in Bangladesh – http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20131494.htm. Full implementation is necessary for Generalized System of Preferences benefits to be reinstated by the U.S.

The major topics contained in the release are:

Government Inspections

There continues to be a lot of press about the impact of Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons, 133 S. Ct. 1351 (2013),  in which the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the validity of grey market goods being imported into the U.S. The thrust of the decision was recognition of a first sale doctrine, meaning

Silence can be used against an individual based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Salinas vs. Texas. As such, companies would do well to expand the training they provide to staff to all employees. The failure of individuals to fully understand their legal rights can lead to terrible consequences for those individuals and their