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Is Corporate Espionage Illegal?

Legal Assistant Business Law, Criminal Law, International Law

One of the earliest reported cases of industrial espionage dates back to 1712 in Jingdezhen, China. A French priest, François Xavier d’Entrecolles, learned about the Chinese methods of manufacturing porcelain and took this discovery back to Europe. Fast-forward to the 20th century, and economic espionage cases between the East and the West dominated the world stage. Industrial espionage by the …

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Will the US Government Rescue Me in a Different Country?

Legal Assistant International Law

In October 2021, 17 missionaries – one Canadian and 16 Americans – were kidnapped near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a country with one of the highest rates per capita of kidnappings in the world. This incident was one of the dozens of kidnappings of American citizens that occur abroad every year. While the majority of hostages return home once the ransom is …

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What Is the Process to Obtain a US Green Card?

Legal Assistant Immigration Law, International Law

For many immigrants, a Green Card is the first step toward full US citizenship. This highly sought-after document grants you lawful permanent residency in the United States. Although a green card holder is not considered a citizen, it allows you to live and work indefinitely, anywhere in the country, without restriction. So how do you obtain a US Green Card? ...
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What Is a Repatriation Flight?

Legal Assistant Administrative Law, International Law

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of international flights were suspended. Nonetheless, some airlines were offering sporadic international services known as repatriation flights. At the time, tens of thousands of American citizens stranded in 100+ countries were brought home. What is a repatriation flight, and how do they work? Here’s everything you need to know. What Is …

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What’s the Difference Between an Embassy and a Consulate?

Legal Assistant International Law, Resources

Let’s say you and your friend are on holiday in Cancún. Your friend ends up making a slightly ill-advised decision and ends up becoming a “guest of the state.” You’ve tried your best to explain to the local police officers that your friend was not aware they were breaking the law when they committed the offense. The friendly officers sympathize …

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What Is the Afghan Allies Protection Act?

Legal Assistant International Law

In July 2021, President Biden upheld the government’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, citing that it was now time to end US involvement in Afghan affairs. He further stated that the chances of a Taliban takeover were minimal since the Afghan military was now better-equipped, better-trained, and more competent as far as war affairs go. A week after …

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Who Can Seek Asylum in the United States?

Legal Assistant Administrative Law, Immigration Law, International Law

Asylum is a legal protection afforded to individuals who’ve fled their home country, where they’ve undergone persecution, or have a legitimate fear of getting persecuted if they were to return in the future. It gives them a chance to start a new life in a foreign country. The process of seeking asylum in the US is not as easy as …

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Can a Naturalized Citizen Be Deported?

Legal Assistant Immigration Law, International Law

In 2019, the Trump administration embarked on a campaign to deport naturalized US citizens. More than 700,000 individuals were at risk of getting their citizenship stripped from them over what the government termed as “flaws in the naturalization process.” It begs the question – Can a naturalized citizen be deported, and on what grounds? Here’s everything you need to know. …

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Can You Sue a Country?

Legal Assistant Criminal Law, International Law, Personal Injury Law

In a 2019 ruling, a federal judge ordered Iran to pay Jason Rezaian and his kin almost $180 million in damages. The Washington Post reporter took to the courts to sue the Middle Eastern country for his unlawful detention, imprisonment, physical abuse, and the psychological torture he endured at the hands of Iranian authorities. This ruling raised many questions, key …

How Did the Colonial Pipeline Get Hacked and Who’s Next?

Legal Assistant Administrative Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Regulatory Law

On April 29, 2021, hackers gained access to the Colonial Pipeline Co. IT network. The security breach, which took down the country’s largest fuel pipeline, caused widespread gas shortages across the East Coast. The cause: a single compromised password. How did the Colonial pipeline get hacked, and could it happen again? Here’s everything you need to know. Who Owns Colonial …