Month: August 2013

Successor Liability in Import and Export Matters – Part 1 – Growth of Successor Liability

By Adrienne Braumiller (Braumiller Schulz PLLC) Republished with permission; World Trade Executive: Practical Trade & Customs Strategies 8/2013 Like potential suitors, acquired companies can come with a lot of baggage. However, when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, we are not talking about separation anxiety or personality disorders; we are talking about liability, which can

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BSL Attorney appointed as Vice-Chair for ABA Committe

BSL’s own Ashley McCauley has been appointed as a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Homeland and National Security Committee for the 2013-2014 year. The Committee focuses on government agencies and private practices, and understanding and shaping laws on terrorism, surveillance, privacy law and more. Congratulations Ashley!   Info: http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=YL500820&edit=1&new=1  

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Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties: How Importers Can Protect Themselves

On June 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it had arrested five individuals from three separate companies indicted on three counts of conspiracy to smuggle goods into the U.S., as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering. Specifically, the defendants were accused of having provided CBP with fabricated documents to avoid paying

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Parallel Imports into the U.S. – Differing Shades of “Gray”

Often the bane of U.S. trademark holders, parallel imports or “gray market” goods are goods bearing a genuine trademark and sold into a market outside of the US, and then subsequently imported into the US without the authorization of the trademark owner.  The goods might be manufactured in the US and exported, or produced in

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Export Control Reform: Are You Ready for October 15?

On April 16, 2013, the Department of State and Department of Commerce published a pair of final rules implementing the first major step of the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative. These final rules, which become effective October 15, 2013, mark the first migration of items from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) United

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Rewrite of Cat. XI of the U.S. Munitions List – Get Ready for Change!

Acme Electronics (Acme) is a medium-sized company that produces populated printed circuit board assemblies and wiring harnesses as a subcontractor to aerospace and electronics companies.  Currently, Acme’s process for classifying its products for export control purposes has been a simple one: If the products are used in a military application they go in Category XI

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How to Limit Personal Liability After U.S. v Trek Leather

When Personal Liability is Not Proper Importers may be able to rest a little easier as a result of a recent Court of Appeals decision negating the long held assumption in customs law that corporate officers can be held personally liable for their company’s violation of 19 USC 1592, which requires importers to exercise reasonable

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