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WTO and COOL

On May 18, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed an October, 2014 panel report (ruling) that U.S. laws and regulations that require country of origin labeling (COOL) discriminate against beef imported into the United States. Canada requested the WTO consultation on Dec. 1, 2008 under Articles III:4, IX:4, and X:3 of GATT 1994; Article …Read the Rest

NDAA 2016

On May 14, 2015, Senator John McCain announced that the Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016. The Committee “voted, 22-4, to report the bill, which authorizes $612 billion funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.” The …Read the Rest

Quicken Loans and the DOJ

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls play Game 2 tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert also made news recently, locally and nationally, while explaining the lawsuit his company filed against the Department of Justice (DOJ), et al. in the Eastern Michigan District Court, shortly after the DOJ sued Quicken Loans in the D.C. District Court …Read the Rest

Guns and Home Rule

Cleveland City Council passed legislation (text) that attempts to improve gun control in the city. Mayor Frank Jackson said that the measures “address concerns with the responsible use of firearms in an effort to reduce gun violence, protect the City’s youth, and make Cleveland’s neighborhoods safer” without impinging upon the Second Amendment rights of Cleveland’s …Read the Rest

Google and EU Competition Law

The European Commission (EC) is asking Google to formally answer charges that the company is violating European competition (antitrust) law in allegedly favoring its Google shopping service among the results retrieved by European users of the Google search engine.Google holds about a 90% share of that search market. Potential fines could be over $6 billion, …Read the Rest

National Security and Use of Force

Stephen Preston, General Counsel at the Department of Defense (DOD), fought off a cold to deliver the keynote speech on Friday, April 10, at the 2015 American Society of International Law (ASIL) conference. As part of the standing room crowd, I was unable to take notes. Luckily, the DOD released the text of his speech, …Read the Rest