Monthly Archives: April 2021

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U.S. Scrutiny of Foreign Investment in the Semiconductor Industry: CFIUS Review and Export Controls Place Deals under the Microscope

The U.S. semiconductor industry has always been very important to the country’s national security. As a result, the U.S. government (“USG”) continues to increase legal protections of the semiconductor industry by imposing certain foreign investment restrictions and export controls.

One of the primary reasons for such legal protections is that the USG seeks to secure supply chains for U.S. companies and the U.S. semiconductor industry: the USG has highlighted semiconductor manufacturing as a priority, particularly when it comes to U.S. technology transfers to China, the largest market for semiconductor chips.  Read more…

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CBP Cites Inconsistencies and Lack of Clear and Convincing Evidence in Denying Protest from Manufacturer Accused of Using Forced Labor

On March 5, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a ruling that denied a protest from Dandong Huayang that clothing made at its Chinese factory was not produced by North Korean employees.

The clothing in question was seized by CBP on December 23, 2020, under the authority of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”), which prohibits goods mined, produced, or manufactured by North Korean citizens and nationals from importation into the United States. Read more…

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InsightsNew U.S. Rules on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain Mean Increased Scrutiny of ICTS Transactions

On January 19, 2021, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) published an interim final rule, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain,” (“ICTS Rule”) implementing Executive Order 13873.

The ICTS Rule, which became effective March 22, 2021, is designed to address national security threats by prohibiting certain transactions involving information and communications technology and services (“ICTS”), defined as: Read more…

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Podcast: CMS and OIG Final Rules for Innovating Your Value-Based Payment Program – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services have at last published their long-awaited companion final rules advancing value-based care. The rules present significant changes to the regulatory framework of the federal physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”) and to the federal health care program’s Anti-Kickback Statute, or “AKS.”

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Epstein Becker Green’s Free Wage-Hour App Includes 2021 Changes to Federal, State, and Local Laws

Years ago, Epstein Becker Green (“EBG”) created its free wage-hour app to put federal, state, and local wage-laws at employers’ fingertips.

The app provides important information about overtime exemptions, minimum wages, overtime, meal periods, rest periods, on-call time, travel time, and tips.

As the laws have changed, so, too, has EBG’s free wage-hour app, which is updated to reflect new developments.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 30: Mitch Karsch | Davis & Gilbert

Join us for our latest episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence podcast!

Mitch Karsch is a partner with International Lawyers Network member, Davis & Gilbert, and also an ILN board member. In this episode, Lindsay and Mitch talk about lessons learned during the pandemic, the long-term effects on office space and how a mid-pandemic move enabled the firm to make some essential changes, and how young lawyers are missing out on learning experiences when firms are fully remote.

Tune in below!

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Lisa Gretchko of Howard & Howard Appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 7, 2021 – Howard & Howard is very pleased to announce that long-time attorney Lisa S. Gretchko has been appointed to serve as a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan.

On March 30, 2021 the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals made the announcement and Ms. Gretchko was sworn-in during a private ceremony and assumed her judicial duties on April 5, 2021.

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Video & Podcast: Action Pending from Biden’s OFCCP and OSHA – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, employers await action from two agencies: the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Guest attorney Bob O’Hara discusses the regulatory actions employers should anticipate. Attorney David Garland leads the conversation.

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Entitled To Copyright Erasure?: A Fair Use Search For A Derived Yet Transformational Work

The title is the first thing the reader sees or hears …—and getting it right is the single most important … decision you’ll make. The title forms the basis of the reader’s judgment ….” Tucker Max

For those of you who may read my past ILN posts, you will not be surprised that I subscribe to the Tucker Max approach:  Make the title attention-grabbing, memorable and searchable, informative, easy and not embarrassing to say, and short.  OK, maybe not the last prong so much, but I nonetheless have one regular reader who has noted that he thinks that I have “a real knack for catchy titles!” I will not debate the merits of that opinion right now.

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Tax Exemptions for Clean Energy Technologies Under Massachusetts Clean Energy Bill

On March 26, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive climate change bill known as Senate Bill 9 – An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (the Act), which is designed to eliminate carbon emissions in Massachusetts by 2050 by promoting renewable energy and reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. The Act contains several provisions addressing local property taxation of wind, solar, energy storage, and fuel cell technologies.

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