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Another US Internet company pulls back in China

WASHINGTON - (AP) Two U.S. companies that sell Internet addresses to Web sites said Wednesday they had stopped registering new domain names in China because the Chinese government has begun demanding pictures and other identification documents from their customers. One of the domain name companies...

Officials say US and Russia to seal arms deal

MOSCOW - (AP) President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are within hours of an agreement on the final details of a historic new treaty that would drastically slash the nations' nuclear arsenals, U.S. and Russian officials said Friday. The two leaders were planning to sign off...

US wants quick start to beef talks with Japan

TOKYO - (AP) U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington. Vilsack agreed Thursday with this Japanese counterpart, Hirotaka...

Russia: US adoptions freeze to last for weeks

MOSCOW - (APINTL) All Russian adoptions to the United States will remain suspended until a new agreement is negotiated, which could take up to two months, the Kremlin's children's rights ombudsman said Monday. Russia froze U.S. adoptions last week after a boy was put on a plane back to Russia...

Iran, US take their nuclear cases to UN stage

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings his nuclear case to New York on Monday, turning a U.N. treaty conference into a stage for Tehran's long-running showdown with the Western powers over its uranium enrichment program. The only head of state participating, Ahmadinejad...

French court refuses extradition of Iranian to US

PARIS - (AP) A French court rejected a high-profile extradition request from the United States on Wednesday, refusing to hand over an Iranian engineer accused of evading U.S. export controls to buy technology for military firms involved in Iran's nuclear program. The case of Majid Kakavand, 37...

New UK aligns with US on hedge funds

LONDON - (AP) British Prime Minister David Cameron's new coalition faces likely defeat in an early test of international clout when Europe votes next week to impose tougher laws on hedge funds and private equity groups. These industries have drawn popular anger and post-financial meltdown scrutiny...

MS. found in a law firm

There is a good article in the 7 May 2011 issue of The Economist, "A Less Gilded Future." Although I do not agree with a few minor points, it describes how easily a well-established law firm (in this case, the U.S. firm of Howrey, LLP) can go over the edge. The two issues that Howrey's...

After the honeymoon

What happens when things don't work out after a merger as well as the partners had hoped? There are almost always some rough spots after any merger of two businesses. However, these can be become life-threatening for recently merged law firms, which, like most law firms, typically have lower...

Canada's New Product Safety Law Takes Effect

View Media The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act ("CCPSA"), which received Royal Assent on December 15, 2010, came into force on June 20, 2011. Health Canada is responsible for administering the CCPSA, which replaces Schedule I of Canada's Hazardous Products Act. The law is intended...

A textbook example of international expansion

Allen & Overy's opening of its new office in Washington, D.C., announced today at legalweek.com demonstrates the smart way to plan and execute an international expansion strategy: Go only where you need to go, but go there with the best. The London-based global firm will build its Washington...

D.C. Circuit Expands Federal Court Jurisdiction over Foreign Activities of U.S. Companies

By: Mark E. Nagle , Julie Mendoza , Donald B. Cameron, Jr. , Jeff M. Cohen The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corporation [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] allows non...

United States Imposes Broad New Sanctions against Syria

View Media In response to the escalating violence in Syria, President Obama issued today an Executive Order imposing broad new sanctions that could significantly disrupt business that was permissible under preexisting U.S. sanctions. This action follows a U.N. Security Council condemnation...

Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse

FRESNO Calif. (AP) - Female farmworkers across the United States are commonly sexually harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The survey by the international rights...

House panel passes bill on Russian human rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to penalize Russian human rights violators in a measure that could complicate efforts to normalize trade relations between the two countries. The legislation, approved by voice vote, imposes visa bans and freezes the assets of...

US: Ex-Mexico leader immune from Conn. lawsuit

HARTFORD Conn. (AP) - Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a lawsuit filed in Connecticut over the 1997 killings of 45 people in a Mexican village, the U.S. State Department said in a court filing. Zedillo, who is now an international studies professor at Yale University...

And The Beat Goes On. . . Medicaid Fraud Suits Continue Churning and Returning Taxpayer Money Paid To Medical Providers

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, the news cycle is heating up with discussions about federal and state budget deficits and funding for Medicare/Medicaid programs. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are lining up and getting ready to pitch their proposals to the public...

Prominent Myanmar activist cancels trip to US

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - A prominent Myanmar activist said Saturday that he is canceling a trip to the United States to receive a democracy award, to show solidarity with more than a dozen fellow activists whose applications for Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

US re-elected to UN Human Rights Council seat

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States was re-elected Monday to another three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in the only contested election for the organization's top human rights body. The U.S. was competing with four countries for three open seats belonging to the Western Group...

We Still Don't Punish Contractors for Slavery on U.S. Bases

By Samir Goswami U.S. military bases overseas rely on contracted migrant labor for things like food services and laundry-a system that has long imperiled the rights of foreign workers serving the very missions that claim to promote freedom. Though President Obama this year pledged to crack down on...

News Excerpts from the June 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finalizes Policy Memo on EB-5 Adjudications On May 30, 2013, USCIS issued a final policy memorandum on the adjudication of EB-5 petitions and applications. The policy memo affirms that adjudicators are to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard when reviewing submissions...

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Norton Rose Fulbright: Iran Nuclear Deal To Take Effect January 20, 2014

Deal provides Iran limited relief from sanctions By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen S. Green On January 20, 2014, the Joint Plan of Action reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China) plus...

Stryker Subsidiary, Ex-CEO Plead Guilty, Pay $79 Million For Illegal Device Marketing

NEWARK, N.J. — (Mealey’s) Stryker Corp. subsidiary OtisMed Corp. and the former OtisMed chief executive officer on Dec. 8 pleaded guilty to marketing the unapproved OtisKnee Orthopedic Cutting Guide medical device after the Food and Drug Administration denied clearance for the device ( United...