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Insurance Agents … But With Better Suits and Shoes*

Every disaster – and at this point I think we can number the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-202X among them – produces “winners”, people and companies who benefit. Just over 10 years ago I was living in Japan when a devastating earthquake and resultant tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people, with another 2,500 missing and presumed dead.

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New AD/CD Petition: White Grape Juice Concentrate from Argentina (AD/CVD)

White Grape Juice Concentrate from Argentina On March 31, 2021, Delano Growers Grape Products, a California grower cooperative, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of white grape juice concentrate (WGJC) from Argentina. WGJC is primarily used as a natural sweetener for food and beverage products such as fruit juices (e.g.,

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine & The Shape of International Trade to Come

Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign and democratic nation, has shattered Europe’s long peace, cancelled the peace dividend bestowed by what was thought to be the end of the Cold War, and provoked widespread condemnation. With Ukrainian cities, towns, military bases, infrastructure, citizens, and refugees coming under what at times appears to

NFT Contracts

NFT Contracts

Recently we have been drafting and reviewing NFT (non-fungible token)-related contracts for our clients. Some of our projects involved operating agreements for NFT companies and their owners. Others involved contracts for NFT companies with their investors or consultants. And because NFTs are intellectual property, we have also been involved in registering trademarks and preparing agreements

Legal Issues With DAO Entity Formation

People all over the world have started or joined a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) without thinking about the potential legal entity ramifications in the DAO’s structure. These foundational issues need to be discussed and determined by DAO organizers, developers, members, and investors. “Jurisdictional arbitrage” is an emerging term of art used to describe this process

Questions Lawyers Ask When Starting a DAO

Advancements in technology have given rise to new quasi-business organizations known as Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). DAOs are fluid and often international in scope. They are minimally regulated in some jurisdictions, with most jurisdictions still wrestling with preliminary regulatory questions. Many people join DAOs and form DAOs without a strong grasp of the potential legal

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Mexico Employment Law Basics Part 2: Am I Negotiating Now?!

In our first post in this series, we discussed what constitutes an employment relationship under Mexico’s employment laws, the types of employees you can hire, and the importance of having a written employment agreement with your Mexican employees. We also described the basic working conditions your employment agreements must contain. In this post we will

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Export Compliance and When Do You NOT Need an Export License?

Though exporting products, services and technologies from the United States is relatively easy, especially as compared with many other countries, our clients are always peppering our international trade lawyers with export questions. In this post, I attempt to answer the seminal question related to exporting from the United States: What are the basics to ensure