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On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notice of proposed rules that would fundamentally change the way certain businesses contract with consumers.  Among other actions, the proposed rule would eliminate class action waivers from pre-dispute arbitration clauses and agreements for certain businesses.  The announcement of the proposed rule was

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On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 644, known as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“Customs Bill”). For Louisiana’s vast number of companies operating in the agribusiness, seafood processing, and related industries, the signing of the bill is a significant milestone. The Customs Bill sets forth principal objectives concerning: (1) general

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By Edward H. Warner and Daniela Suarez de los Santos

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Petróleos Mexicanos (Mexico’s national oil company better known as Pemex), BlackRock Inc., and First Reserve Corp announced a major investment project that will bring U.S. natural gas to central Mexico.  This $900 million USD transaction represents the first large