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FARA

Push to reform US foreign influence law stalls

Push to reform US foreign influence law stalls

12 June 2020

An ambitious attempt to beef up the World War II-era Foreign Agents Registration Act appears to have all but petered out. Without reform, the DOJ’s lean enforcement record in FARA cases is unlikely to improve.

Judge overturns landmark FARA conviction over “speculation and conjecture”

Judge overturns landmark FARA conviction over “speculation and conjecture”

25 September 2019

A US federal court has quashed the conviction of Iranian-American businessman Bijan Rafiekian two months after he was found guilty of not registering as a foreign agent of Turkey.

Charged ex-Skadden lawyer questions false statement definition

Charged ex-Skadden lawyer questions false statement definition

16 August 2019

Veteran Washington, DC lawyer Greg Craig and US prosecutors have sparred over what constitutes a misleading statement as he attempts to torpedo a landmark FARA trial.

US Justice Department acts to increasingly enforce FARA while practitioners call for clearer rules

US Justice Department acts to increasingly enforce FARA while practitioners call for clearer rules

13 August 2019

Bruce Zagaris at Berliner Corcoran & Rowe in Washington, DC argues that the increased enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act along with enhanced enforcement tools and no significant clarification of the ambiguous provisions of the law will produce more enforcement actions and yet not more compliance.

Norton Rose Fulbright rehires DC trade lawyer

Norton Rose Fulbright rehires DC trade lawyer

21 June 2019

Norton Rose Fulbright has recruited national security and trade lawyer Stefan Reisinger from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

US prosecutors and ex-Skadden lawyer spar over FARA letters

US prosecutors and ex-Skadden lawyer spar over FARA letters

03 June 2019

The US Justice Department says a former Skadden lawyer, indicted over his work for the Ukrainian government, has misinterpreted the US Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Judge dismisses former Flynn associate’s demand for Erdoğan evidence

Judge dismisses former Flynn associate’s demand for Erdoğan evidence

17 May 2019

A US federal court has thrown out an attempt to force the government to disclose possible evidence linking Turkey’s president to the Muslim Brotherhood in a case over an individual’s failure to register as a foreign agent.

Upcoming prosecutions set to shape FARA

Upcoming prosecutions set to shape FARA

15 May 2019

Two scheduled trials against individuals charged for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act will test the historically underutilised law.

China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit pulls out all stops to defend itself

China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit pulls out all stops to defend itself

29 April 2019

A Chinese state-owned chip producer has launched a muscular lobbying and public relations campaign as it faces a high-profile trade secret theft trial and attempts to remove a US export ban.

DOJ considers civil enforcement of FARA

DOJ considers civil enforcement of FARA

22 April 2019

John Demers, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s national security division, has said the department is still reviewing how best to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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