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Could President-Elect Trump Kill NAFTA?

During his campaign for presidency, President-elect Donald Trump frequently called the North American Free Trade Agreement “the worst trade deal in history.” He promised the American people that he would renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA and raise tariffs on imports from Mexico and Canada. NAFTA is a free trade agreement signed by Canada, Mexico and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. In the aftermath of the election, Americans with international business interests may be wondering whether President-elect Trump has the legal authority to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA and how to prepare for that scenario.

Mr. Trump’s transition team has sketched out his plan for the first 200 days of his presidency. According to post-election memorandum and video, the president-elect intends to push for substantial changes to NAFTA and trade relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Read More ›

Second Circuit Says Federal Warrant Cannot Be Used to Obtain Customer Data Stored Overseas in Cloud

On July 14, the Second Circuit ordered a lower court to quash a government warrant demanding that Microsoft turn over a user’s emails that resided on servers located in Ireland.  See Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America, No. 14-2985 (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2016). 

The dispute concerned emails stored by a user of Microsoft’s web-based email service, outlook.com, which the government believed would show that the user was involved in drug trafficking.  A U.S. magistrate judge found probable cause and issued a warrant under Section 2703 of the Stored Communication Act (SCA).  Although Microsoft produced certain non-content information stored on its United States servers in response to the warrant, it filed a motion to quash the warrant as it pertained to the user’s emails which were stored on Microsoft’s servers located in Dublin, Ireland. Read More ›

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Joseph J. Dehner Joe Dehner concentrates his practice on multinational business and securities disputes. He counsels a wide variety of companies, domestic and foreign, on issues confronting global business, including transnational investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, customs and trade issues, international business structures, distribution and agency agreements and the resolution of international disputes.

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