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The bank was charged with willfully failing to have an effective anti-money laundering program, willfully failing to conduct due diligence on its foreign correspondent accounts and willfully failing to file suspicious activity reports “even though managers inside the bank raised red flags about its sanctions-violating practices.”
Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La., on March 10 introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 697) to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R.-Okla., a cosponsor of the legislation, has already scheduled a hearing on the bill for March 18.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective March 13, finalizes changes to the support document requirements for license applications submitted to the agency.
A recent penalty case filed against a U.S. importer indicates that U.S. Customs and Border Protection may go after the importer’s corporate officers as well at some later date. The warning, which appears in the government’s complaint, highlights the increasing potential for personal liability for customs violations, as affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last fall in the case of U.S. v. Trek Leather Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri.
President Obama issued March 9 an executive order imposing sanctions that implement and expand upon the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act signed into law in December 2014.
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This review identifies dozens of physical and online marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
The Obama administration released this week its 2015 Trade Policy Agenda, which asserts that “trade policy done right … is among the nation’s best tools to address the challenges of globalization and technological change and promote American interests and values.”
The Court of International Trade recently held that certain imported goods must comply with a more stringent country of origin marking requirement because marks they bear with a geographic reference were not properly trademarked at the time of importation.
The Government Accountability Office reported to Congress recently that the Food and Drug Administration needs to take additional actions to help its foreign offices ensure the safety of imported food.
The U.S. will begin looking to expand its Trade Africa initiative beyond the EAC, which comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, and is considering changes to the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Lawmakers approved a one-week extension of DHS appropriations late Feb. 27 amid an effort by Republicans to prevent enforcement of the immigration-related executive orders that President Obama issued in late 2014.
While supporters of trade promotion authority legislation had hoped it would be formally introduced by the end of February, press reports indicate that a disagreement between two key lawmakers has stalled forward progress.
The International Trade Commission has announced the launch of a pilot program to test the use of expedited procedures for evaluating and ruling on whether new and redesigned products are covered by remedial orders issued for patent infringement or other violations of Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.