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Steptoe’s Rebecca Lipe, Dane Jaques, and Stephanie Roy to Appear at ABA’s Drone Law Conference 2018

On June 5, three Steptoe lawyers will participate in the ABA’s 2018 Drone Law Conference.  Steptoe associate Rebecca Lipe will moderate and partner Dane Jaques will participate on a panel titled “Safety Challenges & Accident Reporting.” The panel will focus on the NTSB process from investigation through litigation and potential pitfalls related to Unmanned aircraft … Continue Reading

Commerce Initiates Section 232 Investigation of Imports of Automobiles and Automotive Parts

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on the evening of May 23 that he would begin a Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of automobile imports. According to a Department of Commerce (DOC) statement, the investigation will “determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans, light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Russia Sanctions—Where Things Stand

On Thursday, May 31 at 11:00 AM EST, Anthony Rapa will present “Russia Sanctions—Where Things Stand”, a webinar hosted by Federal Publications.  As described on the Federal Publications website: The United States has imposed a broad range of sanctions targeting Russia, based on factors such as the annexation of Crimea, Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine, human rights … Continue Reading

Rising Tensions in the US-China Trade Relationship

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published on April 3, 2018 a proposed list of products imported from China to target with an additional 25% tariff. These tariffs have been proposed in response to USTR’s findings in an investigation conducted under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Section 301) and would … Continue Reading

Buy America 2.0 Bill Continues Emphasis on Domestic Purchasing

On March 1, House Democrats introduced the Buy America 2.0 Act (Buy America 2.0), H.R. 5137, continuing the recent emphasis on imposing “Buy America” requirements on federally funded projects.  Other related actions include President Trump’s April 2018 Executive Order (EO) 13788, Buy American – Hire American and the BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2018 (S.2284). Buy America 2.0 has been referred to the House … Continue Reading

The Section 301 Trade Action Against China: The Road Ahead

On March 22, 2018, in response to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) investigation into Chinese trade practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the Trump Administration announced plans to 1) impose additional 25% tariffs on various Chinese imports, 2) initiate a new WTO dispute against China, and 3) limit Chinese investments … Continue Reading

Impending Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Opportunities for Exemptions and Exclusions

On March 8, 2018, President Trump proclaimed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as a result of an investigation into the national security impact of these imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Although these tariffs will apply to a wide range of steel and aluminum products from all countries … Continue Reading

Service on Foreign Governments in US Lawsuits – Handle with Care, and Avoid the Embassy

Proper service of process is vital in litigation involving foreign sovereigns, including litigation to obtain an enforceable judgment. Recently, the Fourth Circuit held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not permit service of process by mail to a foreign government’s embassy in the United States. In Kumar v. Sudan, the Fourth Circuit vacated a … Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast: Update on Possible CFIUS Reform Legislation

On October 30, 2017, Brian Egan and Alexis Early were featured on Steptoe’s Cyberlaw Podcast to discuss the possible introduction of CFIUS reform legislation.  They discuss the rumored provisions in Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act and what it means for US sellers and foreign buyers.… Continue Reading

The Government Contractor Supply Chain Toolkit 2.0

Notwithstanding the uncertainty associated with the upcoming change in Administration, we decided to push forward with issuing the second edition of Steptoe’s Government Contractor Supply Chain Toolkit. Version 2.0 of the Toolkit (available here) provides an update on various federal rules and developments imposing supply chain requirements on federal contractors and subcontractors. The updated Toolkit … Continue Reading

Steptoe Secures Argentina Win at WTO on Tax Transparency against Backdrop of Panama Papers Leak

On April 14th the WTO issued a decision that will significantly affect multilateral initiatives on tax transparency, including the work of the Global Forum.  In its decision in Argentina – Measures Relating to Trade in Goods and Services, the WTO Appellate Body ruled that a set of defensive tax measures maintained by Argentina are not … Continue Reading
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