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Held Hostage in China: How to Make Like Carlos Ghosn and Escape

I’ve been somewhat surprised at how many emails our international lawyers have gotten regarding Carlos Ghosn’s Hollywood-like escape from Japan. Some — including journalists — have asked our views on what happened in Japan. We are getting these questions because we spent many years representing Sea Shepard in and against Japan, including helping out in

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How Not to Get Kidnapped in China

China can be very dangerous for foreigners whose companies might owe money. A few weeks ago, a reader e-mailed one of my law firm’s international lawyers with an article regarding China’s recent jailing of California businessperson Brian Horowitz over a debt he (his company?) allegedly owed a Chinese company. I have been assiduously following the

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How to Reduce Your Chances of Getting Kidnapped in China

Yet another story of an American businessperson held in China for his company’s unpaid debt. Hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. This latest debt-hostage story was brought to my attention by Jeremiah Jenne. Jeremiah asked me about it by sending the following: Sure to be more to this story

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China Sinosure as Existential Threat

In this post, we explain what Sinosure is, how Sinosure works, what causes Sinosure to put foreign companies in its crosshairs, why Sinosure is so dangerous, and, how to fight back and win against it.

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The Right Way to Reduce Your China Product Costs

In China Factories Are Exporting Lower Prices Around the World, Bloomberg News wrote this week about something our internmational manufacturing lawyers have been seeing: Desperate Chinese factories are lowering their prices. Are all Chinese factories desperate? Absolutely not. Are all Chinese factories lowering their prices? Near as we can tell, a great many are, especially

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Meng Wenzhou, the Two Michaels and China Hostage Taking: What YOU Need to Know

About a year ago, I spoke at a Berkeley Law School class regarding hostage taking in China. I presume I was brought on to speak about this because I helped Professor Chris Carr write an academic article on hostage taking in China, Commercial Hostages: Local vs. Foreigner Business Disputes in China. At my Berkeley talk,

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How to Leave China AND Survive

How to leave China and survive Not surprisingly, our China lawyers are seeing a massive increase in foreign companies seeking to reduce or eliminate their China ties. Many are seeking to terminate their relationship with their Chinese suppliers and move production elsewhere (so far, it’s been mostly to Vietnam, Taiwan, Poland, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, India

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China Defamation Law – Based on a (Mostly) True Story

Making a biopic – a biographical movie about real people– is complicated. And one of the biggest concerns is liability for defamation. In an ideal world, filmmakers would get everyone depicted in the movie to sign a release. But that’s often impractical: people want too much money, too much control over how they are depicted,

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Why Changing China Suppliers Can Be So Risky

Smart Chinese manufacturers know that with their costs rising, they need to be able to distinguish themselves from their peers. One of the ways they are choosing to do this (even more frequently than in the past) is by copying and selling products they are making for their foreign customers. See Your China Factory as