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Retailers Welcome Obama’s Anti-“Patent Trolls” Measures

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Washington—The Obama Administration’s efforts to curtail “patent trolls,” which often target retail businesses, is being applauded by retail industry associations, such as the National Retail Federation (NRF). In an attempt to crack down on the growing threat from so-called “patent trolls,” President Obama on Tuesday issued executive orders to curb …

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NRF Applauds “Fiscal Cliff” Legislation

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Washington—As Americans breathe a collective sigh of relief as the legislation passed Tuesday to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature, retailers especially should be relieved. According to Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation (NRF), the nation’s largest retail trade association, …

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Trade Groups Urge President Obama to Action on Potential East Coast Port Strike

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Washington—In what promises to be yet another countdown to potential financial disaster facing the country, additional trade groups are joining the chorus urging President Obama to intervene in what should be a strike affecting all East Coast ports. Although another round of talks are scheduled this week between International Longshoremen’s …

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AAFA to Obama: Avert East Coast Port Strike

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Alexandria, VA—While President Obama and Congress continue to haggle over a solution to the impending “fiscal cliff,” apparel, accessories and footwear importers and retailers are worried about another upcoming deadline: Dec. 29. If no deal is reached in the contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) and United States …

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New Trade Enforcement Agency to Target China?

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Washington—Following up his comments during his State of the Union address to Congress in January, President Obama signed Tuesday an executive order creating the International Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) which will help ensure “a level playing field” for U.S. businesses. “Robust monitoring and enforcement of U.S. rights under international trade …