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The US Chamber Of Commerce/American Chamber of Commerce in China Trade Report

The United States Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in China last week issued a 143 page report setting forth their recommendations for US-China trade negotiations. Though both of these organizations have a long-standing history of calling for engagement with China so as to further US business interests, this report recommends anything

China litigation and arbitration

Disputes with Chinese Companies

Mainland Chinese courts do not enforce U.S. judgments. Therefore, it will probably be a waste of time for you to bring a lawsuit in a U.S. court against a Chinese company that does not have assets in either the United States or in a country that enforces U.S. judgments. However, it is important that you research where the “Chinese” company is actually

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in US Courts

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in US Courts

Successful litigation turns not just on winning a judgment, but also on enforcing it. This often requires assistance from a court, and sometimes law enforcement within the court’s jurisdiction, to ensure compliance with the court’s decision. Before a US court will enforce a judgment issued by a foreign court, the US court must first recognize

The US Border After Canada Legalized Cannabis

The US Border After Canada Legalized Cannabis

Canada’s cannabis legalization creates yet another wrinkle in the relations between the U.S. and its northern neighbor. U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions harbors a well known hatred towards anything cannabis and he clearly has no love for Canada’s Cannabis Act either. What will this mean though for Canadians who are 100% legally involved in Canada’s cannabis industry when

H-1B immigration law and requirements

H-1B Employers: Know and Follow the Visa Rules

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) arrested and charged Pradyumna Kumar Samal, CEO of two Washington State information technology companies, Divensi, Inc. and Azimetry, Inc., with visa-fraud. The DOJ alleges Mr. Samal initiated and oversaw a multi-year scheme involving the submission of forged documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The

What To Do Upon Learning You Have An Inheritance From Germany

What To Do Upon Learning You Have An Inheritance From Germany

You just learned you have an inheritance in Germany. Perhaps a German Court has notified you that you are an heir under a will or you have received notice that you may be an heir under Germany’s intestate succession laws. What should you do? Under Germany’s inheritance laws a decedent’s property passes directly to his

The New Era of Doing Business in the United States – A Barcelona Seminar On May 25

The New Era of Doing Business in the United States – A Barcelona Seminar On May 25

On May 25, Harris Bricken will co-sponsor an event with CECOT, one of Spain’s leading multi-sector business confederations, on doing business in and with the United States. If you are considering doing business with the United States or investing in the United States, this event is for you. The conference, entitled “The New Era of Doing Business in the

U.S. Immigration And The Specialty Occupation Minefield: An H-1B Compendium, Part 3

U.S. Immigration And The Specialty Occupation Minefield: An H-1B Compendium, Part 3

On Friday, April 6, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had received a sufficient number of petitions between April 2-5, 2018 for the Fiscal Year (“FY”) to meet its 2019 H-1B Cap. The announcement confirms the overwhelming demand from U.S. employers for qualified professionals to fill specialty occupation positions. Assuming

Differences Between U.S. and EU Trademark Law: An Overview

Differences Between U.S. and EU Trademark Law: An Overview

By: Gisella Zuñiga Galván* Though there are similarities in the European Union and the United States trademark systems (for example, registered trademarks under both systems are valid for ten years), there also are major differences. This post highlights some of the major differences in the trademark laws between the U.S. and the EU because it is these differences that