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A Legal Guide to NFTs

Businesses looking to get into the non-fungible token (NFT) space have a chance to reap some serious profit if they do it right. Rare NFTs can sell for tens of millions of dollars. In 2021, The Merge sold for $91.8 million on Nifty Gateway, making it the most expensive NFT to date. However, due to

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Why Mediation is Effective – and How to Make the Most of It

As a final summary post on this year’s California International Arbitration Week, today we’ll be covering mediation and how to make most of the mediation process. Mediation and settlement was a big focus of the conference. One speaker notably stated he believed every dispute, no matter the industry or dollar value, should settle before going

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The Case for International Arbitration

As a secondary summary of what was emphasized during this year’s California International Arbitration Week, today’s post will cover why there seems to be growing consensus that arbitration is the superior choice of all dispute resolution options – and especially in the international context. The arbitration can be tailored to the parties’ specific issues and

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Arbitration Clauses Can Determine Future Success – Or Failure

I had the pleasure of attending this year’s California International Arbitration Week, which is a great conference that presents and discusses recent trends and lessons learned in the context of international arbitration. While much of the content was geared towards attorneys and how we can better facilitate resolution via arbitration, there were several prominent points

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Lawmakers Aim to Curb New York City’s Scaffolding Problem

A new package of bills has been introduced by several New York City Council Members, including the New York City Council Majority Leader Keith Powers, to address the plight that is unique to New York City – the eyesore of the city’s more than 280 miles of scaffolding, known as “sidewalk sheds”. If you aren’t

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The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program: How to Make it Work for You

1. We’re The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program and We’re Here to Help In this time of fragmented production strategies and far-flung supply chains, importing can be fraught with uncertainty, inefficiency, and risk. Add to this the disruptive effects of an exponential increase in trade volume, a multi-year pandemic, an overheated enforcement environment,

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ACE Non-participation Raises “a Red Flag” for U.S. Customs

The current customs and trade landscape is, for considerations relating to national security, economic competitiveness, unfair/illicit trade, supply chain dynamics, human rights, climate change, and consumer protection, more complex and fraught with risk than ever. This characterization is manifest in the terms and/or requirements of recently introduced legislative initiatives (TFTEA, EAPA, UFLPA, etc.), regional agreements

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New York City Construction License Agreements: Scope of Access and Protections

As every New York City real estate developer knows, obtaining access to neighboring properties to install legally mandated construction safety protections required by the New York City Department of Buildings (the “DOB“) can be a convoluted and expensive process. Though this may seem like a minor issue in the context of a real estate development project, promptly (and correctly)

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IPBA Dubai 2023 – Day 2

After a three year Covid-19 induced break, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) kicked off its (31st) Annual Meeting and Conference in Dubai yesterday. The first day’s keynote session focused on the strategies and technologies deployed by the court system in each speaker’s jurisdiction to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic and to enable their court systems

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U.S. Issuing Passports with X Gender Marker

Back in December, we discussed the U.S. State Department’s plans to start issuing gender-neutral passports. On April 11, 2022, the new policy took effect, with passport application forms (DS-11) now offering an X gender marker. The DS-11 describes the X as standing for “unspecified or another gender identity.” Passport applicants can select the X gender