U.S. Sanctions Ban Iranian Players’ Access to War of Warcraft

The Guardian reports that last week, Blizzard Entertainment’s online message board started receiving messages from Iranian players complaining that they could not access the War of Warcraft’s servers. The War of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game which is tremendously popular. Since then, the company posted a statement on the message board stating, “What we can tell you is […]

Customs seizes $18 million in Counterfeit Contact Lenses and Merchandise

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), the San Juan Police Department (SJPD) and the Puerto Rico Department of Health’s Office of Investigations seized more than $18 million in counterfeit contact lenses and […]

$75 Million in Total Export Penalties for Illegally Helping China Develop Attack Helicopter

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC), a Canadian subsidiary of the Connecticut-based defense contractor United Technologies Corporation (UTC),  pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act and making false statements in connection with its illegal export to China of U.S.-origin military software used in the development of China’s first modern military attack helicopter, the […]

Virginia Company to Pay $8.82 Million Criminal Penalty for FCPA Violations

Data Systems & Solutions LLC (DS&S), a company based in Reston, Va., that provides design, installation, maintenance and other services at nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, has agreed to pay an $8.82 million criminal penalty to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The department filed a two-count criminal information in the […]

ING Bank to Forfeit $619 Million for Role in Violating US Sanctions Laws

ING Bank N.V., a financial institution headquartered in Amsterdam, has agreed to forfeit $619 million to the Justice Department and the New York County District Attorney’s Office for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) and for violating New York state laws by illegally […]

Customs Announces Simplified Entry Pilot to Enhance Cargo Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces the delivery of the first phase of Cargo Release, known as Simplified Entry, in the Automated Commercial Environment. Simplified Entry provides importers with the chance to file a streamlined set of data earlier in the filing process providing more information earlier in the process and reduces the time needed […]

CBP Officers Pull the Plug on Unsafe Trees

As part of a joint effort with investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the Port of Detroit targeted and seized three shipments of LED lighted trees after they were found to have undersized wiring and insufficient strain relief making them an electrical and flammability hazard. […]

California Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Exports to Iran, Faces up to 20 years in Prison

A California man pleaded guilty in Federal Court in Chicago to a felony charge stemming from his efforts to illegally export missile components from the United States to Iran, via the United Arab Emirates. The defendant, Andro Telemi, 42, of Sun Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to export defense articles on […]

PRACTICAL TIP: Top ROI for Your Legal Dollars

Based on our experience, some of the best uses of resources on legal advice and assistance for businesses and entrepreneurs (from a “bang for your buck” perspective) are: Forming an LLC, Corporation or other limited liability entity. This can protect personal assets from business debts, judgment, and lawsuits. USPTO / Federal US Trademark Registration. This can […]

Tulsa Company Resolves FCPA Violations and Agrees to Pay $2 Million Penalty

The NORDAM Group Inc., a provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services based in Tulsa, Okla., has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay a $2 million penalty to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the agreement, NORDAM, its subsidiaries and affiliates paid bribes […]