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January 2015

Features

Justice Using "All Tools" Approach to Export Violations and Cyberespionage
Justice Department's National Security Division recently has employed an "all tools" approach to its international enforcement efforts against violations of export control, trade sanctions laws, and increasing cyberespionage and cybercrime cases, writes Jonathan Poling.
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Renewed Relations with Cuba Offers New Opportunities and Challenges
For U.S. exporters and financial institutions, the new opportunities in normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba also come with new compliance risks.
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Focus on Enforcement

As Expected, Avon Pays $135 Million to Settle Charges of China Bribery
After months of corporate announcements, Avon Products agreed Dec. 17, 2014, to pay a total of $135 million to settle Justice and Securities and...
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Chinese Citizen Extradited for Conspiracy to Export Pressure Transducers to Iran
A Chinese citizen was extradited from the United Kingdom (UK) to the U.S. and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to export MKS pressure...
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Chinese Grad Student Pleads Guilty to Exporting Sensors to China Without Licenses
A Chinese national in the U.S. on a student visa while studying at Iowa State University pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act...
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Citing New Ownership, BIS Ends FMI Export Denial Order More Than 12 Months Early
A long-running export saga, which has been at the heart of a 12-year debate over the meaning of "specially designed," ended Dec. 19, 2014, when...
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France's Alstom Pays Record $772 Million Fine, Pleads Guilty to FCPA Violations
Alstom S.A., the French power and transportation company, pleaded guilty Dec. 22, 2014, to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and...
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Justice Avoids Charging Export Violations in Technical Data Case
For at least the second time in recent months, Justice has chosen not to charge an export control violation for the attempted export of controlled...
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Mass. Company Settles SEC Charges of Bribing Chinese Government Officials
Bruker Corporation, a scientific instruments manufacturer in Billerica, Mass., agreed Dec. 15, 2014, to pay $2.4 million to settle Securities and...
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Pa. Company, CEO Sentenced to Probation for Illegal Exports Under Deal with Commerce
As expected, a Pennsylvania equipment manufacturer and its CEO were sentenced to 12 months' probation and a civil penalty as part of a plea...
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Standard Chartered Gets Three More Years of Scrutiny, More Charges Possible
Citing new information about recent sanctions violations and less-than-perfect compliance with a previous settlement, Justice Dec. 9, 2014,...
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Texas Aircraft Services Firm Agrees to Pay $14 Million to Settle Justice FCPA Charges
Dallas Airmotive Inc., an aircraft engine maintenance, repair and service provider in Grapevine, Texas, has agreed to pay a $14 million criminal...
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Inside BIS

BIS Clarifies Crude Oil Export Policy, Invites Firms to Request Classification
After much debate over the official policy on crude oil exports, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) laid out its interpretation of the...
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NASA's Orion Space Program Eligible for License Exception STA
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) will be able to share all of the data for its Orion space program with its European...
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Reforms Cutting Interagency Disputes over Jurisdiction, Classifications, Wolf Says
The age-old pattern of interagency disputes over export control policies and licensing decisions has nearly been eliminated by export control...
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Use of STA Has "Flattened" as Industry Awaits Electronics Transfer, Wolf Reports
After growing steadily and exponentially during most of 2014, the use of License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) has "actually...
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Policy Briefs

Legislation Will Protect Confidential Export License Data from FOIA Disclosure
Legislation that President Obama signed Dec. 18, 2014, will prevent the release of export license application data subject to the Export...
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New Law Gives President Powers to Impose Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials
The deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Venezuela could get worse with legislation President Obama signed into law Dec. 18, 2014,...
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Obama Signs Russian Sanctions Bill, but Says He Will "Calibrate" Use of Powers
Despite his early objections, President Obama signed legislation (H.R. 5859) Dec. 18, 2014, granting him new authority to impose sanctions on...
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Pulungan's Quest for Compensation in Export Case Dismissed
The long-running legal battle of Doli Syarief Pulungan ended with a whimper Dec. 9, 2014. One day before a scheduled status hearing on his case, a...
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Exporting from Europe

Oh, You Remembered our Anniversary
By David Hayes* The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything - or nothing. -- Nancy Astor, British...
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Regulatory Briefs

BIS Clarifies Export Controls on MMICs, Avoids Specific Performance Thresholds
Despite industry calls for setting a bright line between controls on civil and military monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), the...
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BIS Expands Controls on Microprocessor Exports to Military End-Users
In the Federal Register Dec. 17, 2014, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) expanded its "China rule" to prohibit exports of microprocessors to...
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BIS Unveils New Language for Condition Statements on Approved Export Licenses
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) began Dec. 8, 2014, to include a new shorter, standard conditions' statement on approved licenses in an...
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Industry Takes Issue with Recordkeeping Requirements in BIS Export Regulations
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) asked for advice on changing recordkeeping requirements in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)...
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Removing Routed Export Transactions? Not So Fast, Freight Forwarders Say
When the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) suggested removing the phrase "Routed Export Transaction" from its Export Administration Regulations...
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Wassenaar Plenary Adopts More Than 100 Changes to Multilateral Control Lists
The plenary session of the Wassenaar Arrangement, the multilateral export control regime, adopted more than 100 changes to its control lists Dec....
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End Notes

END NOTES
ISRAEL : Legislation (S. 2673) that President Obama signed Dec. 19, 2014, declared sense of Congress that Israel is Major Strategic Partner and...
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