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U.S., Brazil Agree Upon Path Toward Negotiated Solution of Cotton Dispute

From the Office of the United States Trade Representative Would Avoid Imposition of Countermeasures Against U.S. Exports, U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the United...

Intellectual Property Rights Blowing in the Wind

If ever we hated to say "we told you so", this is that moment. The U.S./Brazil dispute over U.S. cotton subsidies [1] has landed the U.S. on the wrong side of a WTO ruling, resulting in sanctions. Brazil has already identified 102 U.S. products on which it will now impose those (sanctioned...

Brazilian judge orders boy returned to US father

SAO PAULO - (AP) For the second time in four months, a judge has ordered a Brazilian to relinquish custody of a child to his U.S. father. In this case, Hilma Aparecida Caldeira, a former member of Brazil's national volleyball team and ex-Olympic contender has been ordered to return her 4-year...

Brazil mom keeps son for now in fight with US dad

RIO DE JANEIRO - (AP) Brazil's top appeals court says a young boy must stay with his Brazilian mother and not his American father until a final ruling is made in their international abduction case. Kelvin Birotte of Houston, Texas, has been fighting to regain custody of his 4-year-old son. The...

Honduras drops World Court case against Brazil

AMSTERDAM - (AP) The U.N.'s highest court says Honduras has dropped a case accusing Brazil of meddling in its internal affairs by allowing ousted President Manuel Zelaya to stay at one of its embassies in 2009. The International Court of Justice, widely known as the World Court, said Wednesday...

Brazil holds public comment period on proposed revisions to 1998 Copyright Law

On June 14, 2010, the Executive Office of the President released a proposed law intended to "modernize" the existing statute governing authorial and connected rights in Brazil, Federal Law No. 9.610 of 1998 (hereinafter, "the Copyright Law"). The proposed law is the result of...

Favored Taxation Countries and Privileged Fiscal Regimes in Brazil

by Walter Stuber Brasil recently adopted new laws on taxation to implement many of the OECD guidelines to provide for transparency and assure revenue collection. Brazilian law now defines many new terms for tax purposes, and its recently updated list of favored taxation countries or dependencies...

Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Laws Toolbox

B razil R ussia I ndia C hina Laws Toolbox Welcome to LexisNexis B.R.I.C.Laws toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the new emerging economic bloc composed of the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the People’s Republic of China.) The BRIC nations...

Walter Stuber on Current Regulations for Debentures and Financial Bills in Brazil

By Walter Stuber A new law for the Brazilian legal regime of debentures was established in June 2011, which introduced important changes to the Brazilian Corporation Law (BCL). 1 The law's aim is to improve and adapt the system to which debentures are subject, in order to bring more flexibility...

Brazil: Critics slam court's underage sex verdict

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Human rights advocates in Brazil have slammed a recent appeals court ruling that found that having sex with a minor does not necessarily constitute statutory rape. The Superior Court of Justice ruled earlier this week that a man accused of having had sex with three 12-year...

Brazil lawmakers investigate human rights abuses

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Brazilian legislators have started investigating human rights abuses committed during the South American country's past military regime. Congresswoman Luiza Erundina tells reporters the move is meant to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Brazil president to receive apologies for torture

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the human rights abuses she suffered during the country's 1961-1985 dictatorship. Rousseff is a former leftist guerrilla who spent three years in Full version (available...

Brazil truth commission to probe only junta crimes

SAO PAOLO (AP) - Brazil's Truth Commission will investigate only human rights abuses committed by the country's former dictatorship, not any crimes committed by opponents of the 1964-1985 regime. The commission said Tuesday on its website that it Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

New Rules on Merger Notifications in Brazil

by Leonardo Rocha e Silva and Jose Alexandre Buaiz Neto Excerpt: On 29 May 2012, the new Brazilian Competition Act (Law No. 12529, enacted on 30 November 2011) (Act) became effective, replacing the former law enacted in 1994. The new Act will change the Brazilian competition system significantly...