Dulles CBP Global Entry Surpasses 250,000 User Sessions

Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative to speed pre-approved trusted travelers through international arrivals processing, surpassed 250,000 user sessions at Washington Dulles International Airport Sunday. Washington Dulles International Airport, where Global Entry launched on June 6, 2008, ranks seventh nationally in user sessions. The program, popular with the international travel community, […]

Customs Seizes $29K in Unreported Currency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) seized $29,000 Monday from a Ghanaian woman for violating federal currency reporting regulations. The passenger, who arrived to Dulles from London, declared possessing less than $10,000. While examining her bags, CBP officers discovered a large sum of U.S. currency in a zippered […]

Officers Seize 17 Vehicles and Assess $93,500 in Fines

Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working outbound operations at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 17 vehicles and assessed penalties totaling $93,500. The discovery was made when CBP officers, conducting routine outbound enforcement operations in the vehicle export facility, detected issues with the paperwork linked to several vehicles destined for Mexico. Further […]

Members of Counterfeit Nike Sneaker Ring Face Up to 5 Years in Prison and $250,000 Fine

Five individuals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to import misclassified merchandise. Each faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “The trademark laws in the United States were created to protect the investment of American […]

Jim Chester Speaks at Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Luncheon

J. F. (Jim) Chester, founding partner in the Dallas-based global business & technology law firm of CHESTER pllc, recently presented on the legal implications of representing multiple clients to an audience of young attorneys at an event sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). The title of the presentation, which was held at […]

What Controls: Online Terms or a Written Contract?

In the case of Fadal Machining Centers, LLC  v. Compumachine, Inc., the Ninth Circuit decided that the arbitration clause found in the terms and conditions on a company website was binding on the parties. Fadal Machining Centers (“Fadal”) manufactures machines and Compumachine is one of Fadal’s exclusive distributors. The two parties had a distribution agreement […]

CHESTER pllc Selected for Inclusion in Dallas Chic CEO “Black Book”

CHESTER pllc was recently selected to be included in the Chic Black Book, a directory of trusted organizations that San Diego-based Chic CEO, Inc. (“Chic-CEO”) recommends to small business owners.  CHESTER pllc was one of just three legal service providers in the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth area to be included. Chic-CEO, which maintains the web site www.Chic-CEO.com, […]

Hong Kong Jewelry Exporter Faces Nearly $2 million in Fines and Restitution

Recently, a Hong Kong-based jewelry exporter pleaded guilty to customs fraud charges and faces nearly $2 million in fines and restitution in a scheme discovered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Regulatory Audit Unit and investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Fai Po Jewellery (H.K.) Co., LTD, admitted […]