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US-Vorwahlen – Ein echtes Erlebnis aus deutscher Sicht

March 1, 2020

Während Donald Trump nahezu unangefochten als Kandidat der Republikanischen Partei bei der Präsidentschaftswahl im November 2020 antreten wird, gibt es innerhalb der Demokratischen Partei einen regen (Vor-)Wahlkampf. Gerade die Stimmen der Delegierten, die am Super Tuesday (3. März), u.a. auch in North Carolina, gewonnen werden können, sind auf dem Weg zur Nominierung als Präsidentschaftskandidat der…

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Do the UCC or CISG Govern your Global Contracts?

March 1, 2020

Do the UCC or CISG Govern your Global Contracts? In the US, the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) simplify laws of commercial transactions between states. But, sometimes, parties to international goods contracts improperly assume the UCC authority governs. Yes, article 2 of the UCC governs the contractual sale of goods to US domestic transactions, but not…

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Klage vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht gegen Auslandsüberwachung durch den Bundesnachrichtendienst

February 1, 2020

Seit 01. Januar 2017 ist das BND-Gesetz des Bundesnachrichtendienstes in Kraft. Dieses erlaubt dem Bundesnachrichtendienst zur Erfüllung seiner Aufgaben im Inland mittels technischer Mittel telekommunikationsrechtliche Daten von Ausländern auch ohne konkreten Anlass aufzunehmen und zu verarbeiten. Dies wird als „strategische Fernmeldeaufklärung“ bezeichnet. Ziel dieser Ermächtigung ist es, frühzeitig Gefahren für die Sicherheit Deutschlands zu erkennen…

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Social Security Withholdings for Foreign Nationals

February 1, 2020

Social Security Withholdings for Foreign Nationals If you own a business and/or earn wages in the United States, you know that, generally, you have a withholding obligation from such earnings for Social Security and Medicare taxes. For foreign nationals working or earning income in the U.S., such withholding may present a bit of a conundrum…

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Why do we “leap year”?

February 1, 2020

Leap years are added to the calendar to keep it working properly. The 365 days of the annual calendar are meant to match up with the solar year. A solar year is the time it takes the Earth to complete its orbit around the Sun — about one year. But the actual time it takes…

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Digital Privacy at the Border

January 8, 2020

Traditionally, border agents and U.S. government officials have enjoyed broad authority to conduct searches and investigations of travelers coming into the U.S., actions which are primarily couched under two goals: (1) to search for and discover contraband entering the U.S.; and (2) to prevent the admission and entrance of individuals ineligible for admission into the…

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CA Implements First US Consumer Data Privacy Law

January 8, 2020

With the start of 2020, California residents are the first in the country to have enhanced privacy protections akin to those provided in the EU under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), passed in September of 2018, gives Californians certain rights over the personal data collected by companies such…

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USCIS Proposed Fee Adjustments

December 8, 2019

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that would alter the filing fee structure for many USCIS documents, including non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, naturalization, and related documents. Published with a 30-day notice and public comment period, the proposed rule’s fee…

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Reasonable Suspicion Required for Searches of Digital Devices at U.S. Borders

December 8, 2019

For those traveling into the U.S. this holiday season, a new standard will be in place for searches of individuals’ digital devices. Contrary to prior practices by border patrol agents, a federal judge recently ruled that agents must have “reasonable suspicion” to search an individual’s smartphone or laptop. This standard generally requires that the border…

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Public Charge

November 8, 2019

Recently, there has been considerable media coverage involving the redefining and clarification of the term”public charge” by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) in relation to immigration admissibility or inadmissibility to the United States. On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services…

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