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December 20, 2009 

International Trade Law News Twitter Updates for week of 12/12/09 to 12/19/09

@Reuters: U.S. contract worker detained in Cuba: report

@BreakingNews: U.S. secretly froze more than $2 billion allegedly held for Iran in Citigroup accounts in 2008 -

Newsweek: Obama Administration intends to target 'dozens' of IRGC front companies in effort to squeeze Iran

Dallas Morning News: Federal agents in Dallas ground helicopter believed to be destinedfor Iran via Italy --

Reuters: Germany probes technology shipments to Iran --

FDA debars Virginia man convited of importing catfish from Vietnam with false labels to avoid antidumping duties:

State Dep't requests Senate to delay consideration of Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act 2009 (S.2799)

Politico: U.S. sentences Iranian lured in sting to 5 years

U.S. House of Representatives just passed H.R. 4284, legislation to extend expiring GSP and ATPA programs until December 31, 2010.

RT @anticorruption: TI welcomes new EU mandate to fight corruption

Politico: New information in case of a USAID subcontractor who was detained in Cuba on December 5.

Politico: Rep. Berman says Iran sanctions bill empowers Obama Iran policy and will not force its hand --

DOJ: Virginia exec charged with conspiring to bribe former Panamanian government officials for maritime contract--

@Politico- Twitter diplomacy: U.S. to relax certain software sanctions rules for Iran --

DOJ: Credit Suisse forfeits $536 million for violating IEEPA & New York law for transactions with Iran, Sudan, etc.

RT @Ethical_Corp - Op/Ed: Facilitation Payments: A business integrity officer’s perspective...

Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member Brady (R-TX) have introduced the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill of 2009.

Politico: U.S. moves to isolate Iran from banks (more on Credit Suisse and sanctions)--

NYT: Questions on Security Mar Foreign Investments (discusses CFIUS issues involving Virgin Galactic and other cases)

RT @complianceweek: More on OECD's complaints about facilitation payments allowed under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Aviation Week Editorial: Ratify Export Treaties With U.K., Australia




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