By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner, Braumiller Law Group On June 1, 2021, the U.S. Government, in the ongoing Court of International Trade (“CIT”) litigation over List 3 and List 4A Section 301 tariffs on certain imports of Chinese products, filed a Motion to Dismiss for the “failure to state a claim” and, alternatively a Motion
By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group It is well known going back to the founding of our country that exporting is the most beneficial form of commerce. One may note that there are tariffs on imports, but no tariffs on exports – our government doesn’t want to hinder a good thing. As a trade
By: Mike Smiszek, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Holistic is a word rarely associated with the highly regulated world of global trade compliance, but it’s an apt word to describe a successful compliance program. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, holistic means “characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected”. In
By: James R. Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Introduction: Blockchain is a transformative new technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. In the popular press there is a lot of turmoil concerning cryptocurrency, a type of blockchain-enabled investment. The volatility of cryptocurrency is well known.
By: Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The ever-shifting sands of U.S. sanctions and export controls can make it challenging to know the current restrictions that exist with respect to a given country. With each new administration comes newly imposed restrictions and newly lifted restrictions. This problem was particularly exacerbated by the 180-degree
By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group When the “Big Bully” is also your best friend, economically speaking, and metaphorically speaking, they are paying for your lunch, but at the same time are slapping you around on the playground…do you hit back, or just take it on the chin? You need your lunch, as you have
By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, BLG The new 2022 Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature has been accepted by all parties at the Harmonized System Convention. The HS nomenclature is used as a basis for the classification of goods around the globe. Every six months, the HS Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO) meets to discuss
By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group & Brad Menard, VP of Braumiller Consulting Group It’s a fact of life in international trade, many shipments, on a daily basis, arrive at ports in the U.S. with the wrong tariff classification code assigned to the product. No big deal? Not quite, and I can tell you this,
Fifth Circuit Reverses Office Manager’s Conviction for Failure to Prove Willfulness under Healthcare Fraud and Anti-Kickback Statutes
Attorney Sarah Wirskye, Wirskye Law Firm, BLG Alliance In United States v. Nora, 18-31078 (5th Cir. Feb. 24, 2021), the Fifth Circuit reversed a conviction and 40-month sentence in a healthcare fraud case. The jury found Nora guilty of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statute. Twenty-one defendants were indicted, and
By: Judy Davis, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Whether you move goods via trucks, trains, planes, or cargo ships, it is essential that you begin to view the shipment of goods in terms of security for the entire journey. Cross-border shipping is on the rise according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and adjustments
By: Joaquin Pampin-Galan, U.S. Customs and International Trade Paralegal/Spain Attorney, Braumiller Law Group Free Trade Zones (“FTZ”) are being introduced into the United Kingdom (“UK”) as part of the post-Brexit landscape. In a measure aimed at developing the UK’s trade strategy, the Government announced the creation of eight new freeport zones in England. The selected locations
By Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Determining what export controls apply to semiconductor devices can be a challenging task. Most controls on semiconductor devices are found in Export Commodity Classification Number (ECCN) 3A001 of the Commerce Control List (CCL) in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). That ECCN has nearly 16 pages of detailed
By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney
On March 18, 2021, the Vice President, Kamala Harris, appointed Katherine Tai as the United States Trade Representative (USTR). This came after the Senate confirmed Tai by an overwhelming 98-0 vote.