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    United States: Appeals Court Rules that Courts Cannot Require State Department to Issue Visas Past Deadline On June 25, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that district courts lacked the authority to order the U.S. Department of State to continue processing applications and issuing visas delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic after the statutory deadline had passed. (Goodluck v. Biden, No. 21-5263 (DC Cir. … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Rules that...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-07-08
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    United States-Ukraine: Bilateral Security Agreement Signed On June 13, 2024, the United States and Ukraine entered into a joint security agreement outlining a 10-year plan to strengthen Ukraine’s defensive capabilities and assist Ukraine in meeting requirements for eventual membership in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). (Bilateral Security Agreement, U.S.-Ukr., June 13, 2024.)The White House identified … Continue reading “United States-Ukraine: Bilateral Security Agreement Signed”
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2024-06-17
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    United States: Appeals Court Holds Act of State Doctrine Bars Recovery of Painting Sold During World War II On May 31, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the descendants of a European Jew forced by the Nazis to sell paintings could not recover a painting now held by a Houston museum because their claim was barred by the act of state doctrine, which precludes court review … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Holds Act...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-06-11
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    United States: Court Upholds Penalties for Hiding Taxable Income in Foreign Bank Accounts On April 23, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld $500,000 in penalties against two Swiss citizens who filed tax returns while residing in the United States without disclosing several millions of dollars in taxable income deposited in Swiss bank accounts. (Lamprecht v. Comm’r, no. 22-1308 (D.C. Cir. Apr. … Continue reading “United States: Court Upholds Penalties for...
    • Contributor: Zarin, Jason
    • Date: 2024-06-04
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    United States: Federal Appellate Court Holds RICO Relief Is Unavailable for Foreign Investors Defrauded by Individuals in the United States United States: Federal Appellate Court Holds RICO Relief Is Unavailable for Foreign Investors Defrauded by Individuals in the United StatesOn April 30, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that foreign investors who were defrauded by individuals living in the United States cannot seek relief in U.S. courts under the Racketeer … Continue reading “United States: Federal Appellate Court Holds...
    • Contributor: Price, Anna
    • Date: 2024-05-12
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    United States: President Signs Law Creating Mechanism for Delivering Seized Russian Assets to Ukraine On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed into law H.R. 815, a consolidated $95.2 billion supplemental appropriations package providing security assistance and foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific region. In addition to appropriations, this legislation includes provisions that permit the federal government to use seized Russian sovereign assets to support humanitarian causes in … Continue reading “United States: President Signs Law Creating...
    • Contributor: Price, Anna
    • Date: 2024-05-07
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    United States: Appeals Court Rules on Chinese Manufacturers' Challenge to FCC Order Implementing Secure Equipment Act On April 2, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a portion of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that placed the petitioners’ equipment on a covered list of products that could not be purchased with federal subsidies administered by the FCC. However, the court vacated portions of the … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Rules on...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-04-16
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    United States: Appeals Court Holds Tech Companies Are Not Liable for Forced Labor Used by Cobalt Suppliers On March 5, 2024, the United States Court for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s dismissal of claims by former miners and their representatives against five tech companies, alleging violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). (Doe 1 v. Apple Inc., … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Holds Tech...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-04-02
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    United States: Appeals Court Rules District Court Cannot Exercise Personal Jurisdiction over German Defendant Who Received Funds Allegedly Obtained Through an Illegal Scheme On February 9, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts’ decision to enter a judgment against German citizen and resident Raimund Gastauer. (Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gastauer, No. 22-1865 (1st Cir. 2024).) The circuit court held that the District … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Rules District...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-03-18
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    Mexico-United States: Implementing Guidelines Published on Accelerated Patent Grant Bilateral Arrangement On November 13, 2023, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (Mexico’s patents authority, known as IMPI, its acronym in Spanish) published the implementing guidelines of a new collaborative procedure with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) called the Accelerated Patent Grant (APG) initiative. The initiative was created to offer patent applicants the opportunity to … Continue reading “Mexico-United States: Implementing Guidelines Published on...
    • Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2024-03-12
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    United States: Appeals Court Holds Canadian Employee of Canadian Subsidiary of a US Company Could Not Seek Whistleblower Protection Under Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and California Law On February 6, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Northern District of California’s dismissal of Tayo Daramola’s whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts and under California law. (Daramola v. Oracle America, Inc., No. 22-15959 (9th Cir. 2024).)Background to the … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Holds Canadian...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-02-28
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    United States: Appeals Court Refuses Review of Visa Denials for Four Iranian Nationals Under Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability On January 31, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the ruling of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that the doctrine of consular nonreviewability precluded the court from reviewing the denial of visas for four Iranian nationals. (Pak v. Biden, No. 23-1392 (7th Cir. … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Refuses Review...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-02-26
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    United States: Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Case Involving Mexican Government's Suit Against Gun Manufacturers On January 22, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit remanded a case from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in which the government of Mexico brought a suit against seven U.S. gun manufacturers and one gun distributor. The case, Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson … Continue reading “United States: Court of Appeals for...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2024-02-11
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    United States: Appeals Court Reviews Conviction and Sentencing Decisions for Defendants Involved in 2010 Murders in Mexico On January 3, 2024, the United States Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the convictions of Jose Guadalupe Diaz-Diaz and Martin Perez-Marrufo for conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country for their involvement in three murders in Mexico. The defendants’ appeals were consolidated, but the court considered individual arguments made by the defendants, … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Reviews Conviction...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-01-25
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    Chile, United States: New Tax Treaty Enters into Force A bilateral tax treaty concluded between Chile and the United States came into force on December 19, 2023. This treaty, which aims to harmonize tax regulations between the two nations, stipulates that it will be operative for taxes withheld at the source commencing from February 1, 2024. Regarding other taxes, it will apply to taxable … Continue reading “Chile, United States: New Tax Treaty...
    • Contributor: Alvarez, Stephania
    • Date: 2024-01-18
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    United States: Circuit Court Affirms District Court's Decision in Contract Dispute over Ukrainian Stolen Assets On November 27, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to dismiss all breach of contract claims brought by Universal Trading & Investment Company, Inc. (UTICo) against several Ukrainian defendants. The First Circuit also affirmed the District … Continue reading “United States: Circuit Court Affirms District...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2024-01-01
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    United States: Department of Justice Indicts Four Russian Military Personnel for War Crimes On December 6, 2023, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of four Russian military members under article 147 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and 18 USC § 2441(c)(1–2), the War Crimes Act of 1996. The indictment consisted of four counts: conspiracy … Continue reading “United States: Department of Justice Indicts...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2023-12-18
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    United States: Appeals Court Affirms Defendant Who Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIS Violated Terms of Supervised Release On October 30, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that defendant Ali Amin’s violation of instructions from his probation officer violated the terms of his supervised release, which were imposed after he pleaded guilty for conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS. (United States v. … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Affirms Defendant...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2023-11-27
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    United States: Appeals Court Reverses District Court Dismissal of Tribe's Hunting Rights Complaint On October 17, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation v. Wooten, reversing and remanding the District Court of Idaho’s decision to dismiss the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation’s complaint about the tribe’s reservation of hunting rights for failure to … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Reverses District...
    • Contributor: Friedman, Sarah
    • Date: 2023-11-12
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    United States: Federal Appellate Court Holds Social Media Messages Sufficient to Establish Personal Jurisdiction On October 31, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that an individual could be subject to personal jurisdiction in an out-of-state court on the basis of messages sent over social media. (Johnson, et al. v. Griffin, No. 23-5257 (6th Cir. 2023) (Opinion).) The facts giving rise to this case involve … Continue reading “United States: Federal Appellate Court Holds...
    • Contributor: Price, Anna
    • Date: 2023-11-08
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    United States: Appeals Court Holds Czechoslovakian Nationals Can Bring Suit under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act On August 8, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit largely affirmed lower court decisions that Czechoslovakian survivors of the Hungarian Holocaust during World War II could bring a lawsuit under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) against the Hungarian government for illegal confiscation of property during World War II. … Continue reading “United States: Appeals Court Holds Czechoslovakian...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2023-08-23
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    United States: Court of Appeals Affirms American Samoan's Status as Noncitizen National On June 7, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in Koonwaiyou v. Blinken (Decision), reversing the dismissal of a case on whether an American Samoan man could claim noncitizen nationality of the United States because his mother held the same status. The case was based on a … Continue reading “United States: Court of Appeals Affirms...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2023-06-25
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    United States: Federal Appellate Court Denies Stay of Extradition of Former Peruvian President Charged with Money Laundering Crimes On April 5, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order denying a motion to stay the extradition of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo Manrique (Toledo) pending appellate review of the denial of Toledo’s petition for habeas corpus. (Manrique v. Kolc, No. 22-15705 (9th Cir. 2023) (Decision as amended … Continue reading “United States: Federal Appellate Court Denies...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2023-04-28
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    Canada: Asylum Claims along Entire Canada-US Border Now Subject to Safe Third Country Agreement On March 24, 2023, in the context of the first official visit of U.S. President Joe Biden to Canada, both countries announced the implementation of an additional protocol to the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) that extends its application to the entire land border and much of the water borders between the United States and … Continue reading “Canada: Asylum Claims along Entire Canada-US...
    • Contributor: Chalupovitsch, Michael
    • Date: 2023-04-05
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    United States: State Department Signals Intent to Sign International Agreement on Marine Protection On March 4, 2023, over 190 countries, including the United States, agreed to an international agreement about marine protected areas in international waters. The agreement is the product of years of negotiations by the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), of which the United States is a member. The agreement, … Continue reading “United States: State Department Signals Intent...
    • Contributor: Myers, Louis
    • Date: 2023-04-02