Taiwanese Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Illegally Export Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber

Yen Ling Chen, a citizen of Taiwan, pled guilty today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, before the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to export weapons-grade carbon fiber from the United States to Taiwan. According to the indictment and facts presented today in court, […]

Customs Seizes Smuggled Cash Hidden in Laundry Detergent

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents conducting southbound operations at the El Paso port of entry seized $52,072 in unreported currency on December 3. The cash was hidden in a box of laundry detergent. The seizure was made at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing at approximately 5:00 a.m. when […]

US and Mexico Gear Up for Christmas with Operation Holiday Hoax

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the kickoff of Operation Holiday Hoax, an effort to track down those who are selling counterfeit and pirated products this holiday season.   The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)–led IPR Center is working with partners U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

Iranian National Charged for Illegally Exporting Military Antennas from US

Amin Ravan, a citizen of Iran, and his Iran-based company, IC Market Iran (IMI), have been charged in an indictment unsealed today with conspiracy to defraud the United States, smuggling, and violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) in connection with the unlawful export of 55 military antennas from the United States to Singapore and […]

Customs Targets Websites Selling Counterfeits for Cyber Monday

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office (Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 132 domain names seized are part of Project Cyber Monday 3 […]

Homeland Security’s Operation Fashion Faux Pas

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed state search warrants this week against five local vendors and seized more than $200,000 worth of goods, capping a six month crackdown on Orange County retailers suspected of selling counterfeit merchandise called Operation Fashion Faux Pas. This week’s enforcement actions are […]

Battle Over Michigan State Highway M-22 Trademark

Brothers Matt and Keegan Myers are kiteboarding royalty. (Kiteboarding is a sport in which a person’s feet are strapped to a small surfboard and is propelled by a kite to which the person is harnessed.)  They traveled the world in search of the perfect winds and waves. They realized that the ideal conditions had been […]

“Made in USA” Basics

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is responsible for preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace.  The Federal Trade Commission Act grants the FTC the ability to bring enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of US origin.[1] Additionally, the FTC interprets the Buy American Act, which requires that a product manufactured […]

CHESTER pllc Announces Opening of New Office

CHESTER pllc is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Dallas, Texas. The new space is located in Lakewood Towers near White Rock Lake, and overlooks the historic Lakewood Theater and downtown Dallas (located less than four miles away). Locating the new office in East Dallas was not an accident. According to […]

Jim Chester Speaks at National Center for Policy Analysis Seminar

J. F. (Jim) Chester, founding partner in the Dallas-based global business & technology law firm of CHESTER pllc, recently presented on how to protect innovation and technology to an audience of students at an event sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The event was the annual Sumners Scholars Public Policy Seminar, which […]