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Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados | Brazil | 11 Apr 2019

CAM-CCBC settles 20-year dispute over largest container port in South America

A recent decision rendered by an arbitral tribunal constituted under the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada has ended a 20-year dispute over the largest container port in South America. The outcome of this arbitration is positive, as it demonstrates that Brazil's arbitral framework is well established and well functioning – even in disputes involving......
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Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC | Mexico | 3 Apr 2019

Importing and marketing medicines and medical devices

Numerous laws and regulations govern the import and marketing of medicines and medical devices. In addition to purely regulatory and health-related requirements, a number of provisions which govern import procedures and products in general must be observed. Most importantly, parties which intend to market a medicine or medical device in Mexico (whether imported or manufactured domestically)......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 11 Mar 2019

Natural gas distribution and supply sector is undergoing reform

A draft law on the further unbundling and privatisation of the public natural gas company DEPA was recently submitted to Parliament. The draft law proposes that DEPA be divided into two companies: DEPA Infrastructure and DEPA Trade. The main opposition to the draft law centres on the fact that the state will retain a 14% stake in DEPA Trade, which some have argued will allow the state to......
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WeirFoulds LLP | Canada | 12 Dec 2018

Federal Court finds that Air Canada violated Official Languages Act

In a recent case that dealt with Air Canada's duty to serve passengers in both of Canada's official languages (English and French), the Federal Court held that the airline had violated a passenger's right to be served in French. The court found that Air Canada had failed to serve a passenger in French during an incident where the passenger had been involuntarily removed from a Canada-bound......
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WeirFoulds LLP | Canada | 14 Nov 2018

Court finds in favour of Air Canada in denied boarding compensation case

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia recently ruled in favour of Air Canada, dismissing a passenger's appeal of the province's small claims court's interpretation of the air carrier's tariff provision which pertained to denied boarding compensation. Despite humble beginnings in the small claims court, the case provides some insight into how the Canadian courts may interpret air carrier tariffs......
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Arent Fox LLP | Canada, Mexico, USA | 9 Nov 2018

New NAFTA: it's time to prepare for USMCA

If the turbulence of 2018 caused business executives grief, 2019 is unlikely to provide much relief – particularly in light of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Further, Section 232 tariffs on many steel and aluminium imports are likely to continue throughout 2019, as will Section 301 tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Finally, the administration has......
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Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte | Switzerland | 8 Oct 2018

Battle stations: court upholds Replay TV copyright tariff

Under Swiss copyright law, which sets out a number of lawful ways to use copyrighted works, Replay TV constitutes private use and is covered by the respective statute of limitations. However, as users receive TV programmes via a third party (ie, Replay TV service providers), a statutory copyright levy is imposed on Replay TV. Unsurprisingly, TV stations are unhappy with this arrangement and......
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Arent Fox LLP | USA | 14 Sep 2018

United States and Mexico shake on NAFTA renegotiation deal

The United States and Mexico recently announced an agreement regarding key issues that have been the focus of trilateral discussions between the United States, Mexico and Canada for over one year. Although no text is yet available, the Office of the United States Trade Representative has released fact sheets addressing certain aspects of the preliminary agreement in principle.
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Freidenberg Freidenberg & Lifsic | Argentina | 12 Sep 2018

Plane and simple changes to airfares

In the context of deregulating the aviation sector and attracting low-cost carriers, the Ministry of Transportation recently issued Resolution 656/2018, which allows domestic carriers to charge any fare that they wish under certain circumstances. Before this resolution, domestic carriers could charge no lower than the Civil Aviation Authority threshold.
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Arent Fox LLP | USA | 3 Aug 2018

Trump administration launches national security trade investigation into uranium

The secretary of commerce recently announced the initiation of a Section 232 investigation into the impact of uranium imports on US national security. The Department of Commerce will have 270 days to submit a report to President Trump on whether uranium imports threaten to impair national security. The president will then have 90 days to determine what action should be taken to address any......
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