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GDLSK: Section 301 tariffs on certain EU products

Between June 26- July 26, 2020, the US Special Trade Representative is accepting comments regarding the imposition of Sec. 301 tariffs on certain EU products. The products are segregated into 3 categories: Products currently subject to the Sec. 301 tariffs (at 10% and 25%); Products that were previously considered for inclusion but not previously  subject to the Sec. 301 tariffs; New products. Consider submitting comments if any product is potentially exposed to 301 duties under this new initiative. Federal Register Notice...
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Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’ pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile regions and communities. This amount includes a €4.9 billion pledge by the European Investment Bank, in partnership with the European Commission, and €485 million committed by EU Member States. This brings total pledges under the Coronavirus Global Response pledging marathon,...
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Impact of Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Employment-Based Nonimmigrants

Following President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on April 22, 2020 to temporarily suspend immigrant visa processing and entry of certain immigrants into the United States, the White House has issued a new Executive Order entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”. This new order is directed at foreign nationals and their dependents who seek to obtain visas in the following classifications: H-1B and H-2B, L-1, and J-1 for participation in...
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Orrick: Foreign subsidies: The European Commission goes extraterritorial

The EU State Aid regime has long protected the EU internal market from anti-competitive subsidies granted by EU Member States. On 17 June 2020, the European Commission published a White Paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused by subsidies granted by states outside the EU. The White Paper outlines three complementary tools, or “modules”, intended to tackle the distortive competitive effects arising from foreign subsidies. These modules would be implemented by “supervisory authorities”,...
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AlixParnters: Navigating the Economic Bottom and Re-starting Growth for Business-to-Business Companies

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including shelter-in-place directives and widespread business closures, have many business-to-business (B2B) companies anticipating the restart of the economy. These companies are planning to prepare to move decisively from surviving the crisis to restarting growth. To succeed in the restart, smart business leaders should be ready to rapidly reset post-pandemic offerings to reflect new customer behaviors and desires, recognizing the likely requirement that, for example, office workers will have to integrate their remote and...
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Helena Sprenger retires from Houthoff New York

After having founded and led the New York office of Houthoff for eight years, Helena has decided to retire from the law firm on July 1st. She has built the New York presence of the independent top Dutch law firm to the successful practice it is today. Alexander Kaarls will be the partner responsible for the New York office and its practice going forward. He will divide his time between the New York and Amsterdam offices of Houthoff. In addition,...
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GDLSK: FTC Seeking Comments on the Proposed Repeal of the Care Labeling rule

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a draft notice seeking public comment on a proposed repeal of the Care Labeling rule for Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”). The notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the near future. The Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers of textile wearing apparel and certain piece goods to attach labels to their products disclosing the care needed for the ordinary use of the...
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Vulcan Insight: Franco-Dutch dinner date to advance MFF and recovery fund talks

Ahead of their first in-person summit since February, to be held in July in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the EU’s next multi-annual financial framework and the Commission’s proposal for a €750 billion Recovery Fund on Tuesday (23 June). As European Council President Charles Michel announced that EU Heads of State and Government would convene physically for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis, on 17-18 July, the French and Dutch leaders convened...