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September 11th, 2019 | Are CBD bars legal?

Daniel Shortt on KUOW 94.9

Bill Radke talks to Daniel Shortt, an attorney at Harris Bricken lawfirm, about CBD in foods, drinks, and cosmetics, and whether or not businesses should be worried about the local law.

September 6th, 2019 | Federal judge: Oregon pot racketeering lawsuit can proceed

Jesse Mondry in The New York Times

At least two previous racketeering lawsuits filed in Oregon over the smell from marijuana farms have been dismissed, making this ruling notable, said Jesse Mondry, an attorney at the law firm Harris Bricken, which specializes in cannabis-related legal matters. Mondry is not involved in the case.

“It changes the playing field in that the court has shown a pathway to bring racketeering claims against marijuana farms,” he said. “I don’t know that this is going to open the floodgates. At least they know now what they need to do so survive a motion to dismiss.”

August 16th, 2019 | Hong Kong protests: 'We don't want to leave but may have no choice'

Dan Harris in BBC News

Dan Harris, managing partner of law firm Harris Bracken, said that over the past three months businesses have been asking: “Is Hong Kong safe? Should I send our people there?”

He is based in the US and advises clients on their strategy in China and Hong Kong.

“What we are mostly getting is clients saying they will not be setting up in Hong Kong, or just asking our opinion on what they should do to lower their footprint in Hong Kong.”

August 4th, 2019 | U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Important International Arbitration Issue

Jesse Mondry in General Counsel News

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a key issue in international arbitration agreements: whether the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards permits a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement to compel arbitration against a signatory to arbitration based on the doctrine of equitable estoppel.

A post on the Harris Bricken China Law Blog points out that the question has split the circuit courts, meaning that now the answer to the question depends on where in the United States the dispute is being litigated.

July 24th, 2019 | China’s globally popular camera apps may open up user data to Beijing requests

Sara Xia in CNBC

As long as an app is developed by a Chinese company — even if the user lives abroad or the company is registered overseas — it will fall under the country’s cybersecurity laws, and therefore will be subject to Beijing’s requests, according to a blog post from Sara Xia, an attorney at Harris Bricken.

June 9th, 2019 | Chinese cinema eclipses US box office as Hollywood films suffer during trade war

Dan Harris in The Telegraph

“It’s Hollywood, it’s a strong industry for America and it’s symbolic” Dan Harris an international lawyer advising clients doing business in China, told The Telegraph.

“With the film industry there are levers China can pull and push as much as they want. That’s what we’re hearing they’re now doing. It’s a matter of degree, but it’s being ramped up and and it will continue to escalate. All of a sudden you realise there are no Western movies.”