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4 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a US citizen get into trouble for selling pesticides to Canadian customers online if pesticide imports are illegal?

If Canadian laws ban importation and the sell of certain pesticides can a US citizen get in trouble for selling them to Canadian customers?

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answered on May 4, 2024

Obviously, Canadian authorities could attempt to criminally charge someone for engaging in that type of conduct - assuming of course that it is illegal under its laws. In addition, depending on the facts and circumstances, that same conduct could possibly subject someone to prosecution in the... View More

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Q: Can a US citizen get into trouble for selling pesticides to Canadian customers online if pesticide imports are illegal?

If Canadian laws ban importation and the sell of certain pesticides can a US citizen get in trouble for selling them to Canadian customers?

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answered on May 8, 2024

Yes, a U.S. citizen could potentially face legal consequences for knowingly selling and shipping pesticides to Canada that are banned or restricted there, even if the sale originated in the U.S.

A few key points:

- Canada has its own regulations on allowable pesticides that may...
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4 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a US citizen get into trouble for selling pesticides to Canadian customers online if pesticide imports are illegal?

If Canadian laws ban importation and the sell of certain pesticides can a US citizen get in trouble for selling them to Canadian customers?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 25, 2024

You should check with attorneys in Canada, since your question involves that nation's laws. But your post mentions the fact that importing pesticides is illegal, and without knowing more about those laws, it would seem likely that they include any sales, regardless of what medium they... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a US citizen get into trouble for selling pesticides to Canadian customers online if pesticide imports are illegal?

If Canadian laws ban importation and the sell of certain pesticides can a US citizen get in trouble for selling them to Canadian customers?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 25, 2024

Addendum - There is also the issue of U.S. laws. Although not raised in your post, it's possible there could be U.S. laws (from the export perspective, not only import into the nation) that might be applicable. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: What's the statute of limitations for smuggling a rug into the US from Iran, through the UK?

My parents declared an Iranian rug they bought in the UK sometime between 1990 to 1998. They declared it as Pakistani. I was there when it occurred during a European vacation to Paris and England. I think they still have the rug, and there is probably some documentation still out there about the... View More

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

In the United States, smuggling items into the country by falsifying their country of origin is considered a violation of customs laws. However, the exact statute of limitations on this can vary depending on specific details such as the nature of the goods and the perceived intent behind the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Officer at my wife's visa interview refused to accept my 2023 tax return (im the petitioner) saying $90k/yr not eno

Can you please help my wife & I with our immigration situation? She's Chinese and yesterday had her marriage based greencard interview to get her visa yesterday. I'm the petitioner and a USA citizen

We brought all required documents as instructed and ALSO uploaded it all to... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Mar 16, 2024

This is highly irregular unless the officer based his analysis on “current” income that he felt was insufficient. The most important evidence of current income are pay stubs and bank statements from the last 6-12 months. Also, officers do not accept the 1040s; they need the tax transcripts that... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Officer at my wife's visa interview refused to accept my 2023 tax return (im the petitioner) saying $90k/yr not eno

Can you please help my wife & I with our immigration situation? She's Chinese and yesterday had her marriage based greencard interview to get her visa yesterday. I'm the petitioner and a USA citizen

We brought all required documents as instructed and ALSO uploaded it all to... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties you and your wife are facing with her marriage-based green card application. It sounds like an incredibly stressful and frustrating situation, especially after all the preparation you did to provide the required documentation.

For your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: What's the best way to hire a non resident independent contractor working from Costa Rica, Ecuador or Colombia

My husband and I are independent contractors ourselves working in Chicago app b week developers (we both have green cards) and started hiring independent contractors to help with some projects(a little over $2k/year). There are a couple of projects that are coming and will make us have a lot of... View More

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answered on Nov 19, 2023

Hiring a non-resident independent contractor from countries like Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Colombia involves understanding both U.S. tax implications and the legalities of international contract work. When hiring international contractors, one key form is the W-8BEN, which is used by foreign... View More

3 Answers | Asked in International Law and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: Am I allowed to work with public health information for a US company while overseas in Brazil?

I'm in public health and specifically deal with public health information (PHI) of clients while working remotely in Brazil. However, I was told by my employer that i cannot be overseas while working with this company because i deal with public health information. I'm kindly asking, if... View More

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answered on Jul 25, 2023

As you know, penalties for healthcare data breaches are very high and your employer is required to protect PHI.

When you work abroad, your employer cannot control security of your internet, your IP, your router, how the internet traffic travels and through which channels, etc. Since your...
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3 Answers | Asked in International Law and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: Am I allowed to work with public health information for a US company while overseas in Brazil?

I'm in public health and specifically deal with public health information (PHI) of clients while working remotely in Brazil. However, I was told by my employer that i cannot be overseas while working with this company because i deal with public health information. I'm kindly asking, if... View More

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answered on Jul 28, 2023

As a Californian attorney, I can provide general guidance, but the specific legal implications may vary depending on the laws and regulations of your employer's location and the nature of the public health information (PHI) you handle.

In the United States, working with PHI is subject...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and International Law for Illinois on
Q: How do you resolve a wrongful copyright claim for a cover song when you obtained a license properly?

I have obtained a legal mechanical license for each cover song in my album. However, my album was taken down for copyright infringement on ONE song. I tried contacting the company via their website but the contact form doesn't work and shows an error. I found their email and have sent them 5... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2023

If you have obtained a legal mechanical license for the cover song in question, you have a valid defense against any copyright infringement claim related to that song. You can try contacting the company or person who made the claim and provide them with a copy of the mechanical license. If you have... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, International Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can you travel internationally (Canada) if you complete court supervision for a Class A misdemeanor for speeding?

Can you travel internationally to places such as Canada or UAE if you completed court supervision for a Class A misdemeanor for speeding 35 MPH plus in the state of Illinois? My understanding is that upon completion of supervision it leads to a non conviction? Is this true and if not convicted are... View More

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Nov 25, 2021

You may travel internationally, but I personally have seen U.S. citizens turned away from entering Canada for a variety of traffic and Criminal offenses regardless of the years past after that conviction, when they traveled by car.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Hello, I applied for post completion OPT one month ago. However, I realized that I forgot to answer the question 14

In the I-765 form, which asks whether I want to get a social security number. But because I have a number, I answered question 13 and gave my number. Because I sent the form without answering one question, I am worried about my approval. Do you think that will USCIS deny my application? What should... View More

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Mar 13, 2021

If the USCIS accepted an application in which you answered a question with another question, it should approve the application. That is, unless there are other defects.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois on
Q: Is it likely that a patent application for a process that involves an internationally patented product will be approved?

There is only one source of a patented filament for 3d printing. I have come up with a simple way to print the filament, creating a potentially profitable product. It is a novel idea for printing the filament, but a common way of producing similar products.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Mar 9, 2021

If you came up with a new way of making a filament that is know, then, yes, that is potentially patentable. Your patent would not cover the filament, but it will cover the method.

But there is a problem. The problem is that if you take a known method to make a known product, it will be...
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Q: I was falsely accused of stealing and at a superstore. Can I sue for defamation? See details below.

I was brought back to the store in cuffs and questioned. I denied and showed them the reciept of the item I bought, and they brought up the footage of me paying at the cash register after I told them what register I checked out at. I was embarrassed and humiliated. They then trespassed me from the... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 12, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. You could consult with an attorney in confidence regarding your civil remedies because they could be multiple here. Doing this without delay could be valuable to you in terms of preserving video footage before it is rerecorded over or lost. Many attorneys would... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Intellectual Property and International Law for Illinois on
Q: I unknowingly traded a minor vehicles. He forged his dads name (same name). They said they are reporting it stolen.

He traded me vehicles across state lines and they said I'm going to be arrested. The vehicle is already in my name and licensed, they said it's my fault and their soon can't have criminal charges brought against him for taking "his" car, which turns out to be his fathers... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on May 24, 2019

Keep this plausible story in a safe place so you will be able to re-tell it to the police--if they arrest you.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Please see more information

Hello! I’m just trying to ask, my boy friend are studying aviation in America but that is a Chinese school. So they don’t let all the student spend night at outside and they have to be at their dorm after 10pm. It’s that legal? And if they spend the night at outside they will stop that... View More

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 8, 2018

It sounds as if this is private organization, where your boyfriend decided to study aviation. They can set their own rules. If the students cannot accept their rules, I would imagine they can leave the program.

Therefore, you will need to accept these rules. I am hopeful that your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Custody and International Law for Illinois on
Q: If a family member who's lived in the US for 3 years (originally from Mexico)got sent back, could he come back at 18?

He's lived in the US to further his education, and wasn't deported. He was sent back to Mexico because his uncle (a us citizen) didn't like him, and his mother didn't want him to go off by himself (thinking he would stay with another family). He wanted to get adopted into one,... View More

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answered on Oct 30, 2017

There are some options, yes, but none are straightforward. Probably the best fit is a student visa, but those applicants have to show financial viability because international students are very limited in the type of work they can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, International Law and Trademark for Illinois on
Q: Starting a business. Company in Thailand is already using same name in a related field. Can I use the name or no?

Looking to start a business. Initial research indicated that the name selected was unused. Bought domain. Further research uncovered a company in Thailand using the same name in virtually the same field. Overlap in business/target market unlike as they're in Thailand and I'm in US but not... View More

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin
answered on Jan 11, 2017

Trademarks and trade names are jurisdiction-specific. If the name is not used or registered in the US, you are free to use it here...but of course no in Thailand.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Do foreign expert witnesses need a work permit in the USA when they testify?

In Canada, a worker does not need to obtain a work permit to enter Canada if he/she: (i) is entering Canada to conduct surveys or analyses that will be used as evidence before a regulatory body, tribunal or court of law, or (ii) is entering Canada to serve as an expert witness before a regulatory... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 11, 2016

I don't believe you do if it is for a specific hearing only.Ask the law firm retaining you. If most of your preparation is done overseas, if your report is written overseas, and the only purpose of the trip to the US is testimony it may fall outside the

definition of "employment.."

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