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  • February 17, 2017
    Emboldened by public outcry and the growing reach of social media, athletes are increasingly finding their voices on social issues. As a result, the intersection of politics and sports has never been more destined for collisions.
  • February 15, 2017
    The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division offers immunity from prosecution to applicants who are the first to self-report antitrust violations. That immunity carries with it limited protection from damages in civil litigation. Last month, in the final days of the Obama administration, the Antitrust Division released a revised version of its “Frequently Asked Questions about the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program” (FAQs), the most important published resource for prospective immunity applicants since 2008. Many of the updated FAQs narrow the immunity protections offered under the program. Accordingly, the revised FAQs should be reviewed carefully before making a determination whether to self-disclose to the division as an applicant. It remains to be seen whether these policies will remain in effect under the Trump administration.
  • February 10, 2017
    On Feb. 9, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled against the government’s request to reinstate the executive order’s entry ban. As a result, the entry ban will remain suspended until the matter can be addressed on the full merits. While the ban could ultimately be re-instated, the ruling is based in large part on the court's determination that the Government is not likely to succeed on the merits. Although the ruling permits foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to enter the United States, international travel is not without risk. Litigation surrounding the executive order remains ongoing and foreign nationals from the seven listed countries should contact their Miller Canfield immigration attorney prior to traveling to or departing from the United States.
  • February 7, 2017
    Many businesses routinely make telemarketing calls to prior customers. However, a recent ruling holds that this may violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA)” and may open up businesses and franchises to class action suits, even when a business thought it had written permission to call.
  • February 2, 2017
    On Feb. 1, 2017, Donald F. McGahn II, counsel to President Donald Trump, issued a memorandum clarifying that the provisions of the executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” do not apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States.
  • January 30, 2017
    On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order focuses on visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees.
  • January 23, 2017
    As of Jan. 22, 2017, employers are now required to switch over to the revised Form I-9 for all newly hired employees. This new “smart” Form I-9 can be downloaded at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.
  • January 2017
    Michigan Manufacturers Association Magazine
    An owner of a US business that manufactures export-controlled items (“Export Business”) nears retirement. The owner decides to sell the Export Business. In a win for the owner, the sale of the Export Business interests both US and foreign purchasers. However, selling an Export Business to a foreign purchaser immediately subjects the Export Business to US law affecting the transfer of export-controlled items, including software and technology, to foreign nationals. Is the Export Business prepared for a sale to a foreign purchaser?
  • January 17, 2017
    Przedsiębiorstwa importujące produkty do USA powinny zwrócić uwagę na obecnie toczącą się w Waszyngtonie dyskusję dotyczącą rozważanej reformy federalnego systemu podatku dochodowego od osób prawnych i objęcia nim tzw. „podatku granicznego” (“border tax”). Jeśli ta propozycja zostanie przyjęta i uzupełni obecnie istniejący amerykański system prawa podatkowego, co w świetle ostatnich wydarzeń wydaje się możliwe, może to znacząco wpłynąć na zasady międzynarodowej wymiany towarów.
  • January 17, 2017
    Las empresas que importan bienes a los Estados Unidos deben prestar mucha atención a las serias discusiones que se están llevando a cabo actualmente en Washington, DC con respecto a una importante reestructuración fiscal la cual podría incluir un “impuesto de ajuste fronterizo”. Si tal propuesta se convierte en ley, que recientemente parece ser posible, podría tener un efecto radical en el comercio transfronterizo.