Ex-Im Bank Approves $694 Million to Finance Export of U.S. Mining and Rail Equipment to Australia: Transaction Supports 3,400 U.S. Jobs

In a decision that will support thousands of U.S. jobs, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a $694.4 million loan to Roy Hill Holdings of Australia contingent upon the purchase of U.S. mining and rail equipment from Caterpillar Inc., GE, and Atlas Copco. According to Bank estimates derived from Departments […]

Norwegian Tax Authority Declares “BitCoins” Property, not Currency

Bitcoins, the online currency, have received much media attention in a short time and become an up-and-coming international means of payment.  The Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) has weighed in on the legal classification of bitcoins by issuing a “Principle Statement” stating that, although one may accept payment in bitcoins, they are not a currency but […]

EU Proposes New Law on Protection of Trade Secrets

On November 28, 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use, and disclosure. Trade secrets, otherwise known as “confidential business information” or “undisclosed information,” are used by a large number of companies to safeguard a wide […]

Black-Out Monday: 706 Web Sites Selling Counterfeit Merchandise Seized

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with 10 foreign law enforcement agencies to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. Seizures come as US consumers flock to the Web for Cyber Monday shopping deals. The 706 domain names seized were set up […]

USPTO Publishes Regulations to Sync with PLT

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published its Final rules to adjust its protocols and policies in light of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA).   The rule goes into effect December 18, 2013. PLTIA amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the Hague  Agreement Concerning International Registration […]

New for 2013 Holidays: “Holly the HAZMAT Doll” ??

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators recently seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds. Officials seized a total of 10 shipments valued at nearly $500,000 at the ports of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, […]

Announcing Chester & Jeter LLP

Dallas Business & Innovation Law Firm Joins Forces with Litigation Boutique to Form Chester & Jeter LLP. The Dallas-based business & innovation law firm CHESTER pllc recently joined forces with litigation boutique Jeter PLLC to form Chester & Jeter LLP.  This new firm offers a broad range of business legal services to businesses and individuals, […]

Operation Double Vision Underway to Seize Counterfeit Decorative Contact Lenses

With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasingly popular, especially around this time of year. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) […]

Homeland Security Launches Smart Phone App to Locate Suspect Child Predators

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is launching a new smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators. All tips can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online, 24 […]

Chester Named to “Texas Super Lawyers” List

J. F. (Jim) Chester, founding principal in the Dallas-based business & innovation law firm of CHESTER pllc, was recently selected for inclusion on the 2013 Texas Super Lawyers® list. Chester will be listed in the intellectual property practice section, although his practice also covers a broad range of business, technology and international transactional matters. Texas […]