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Stephen P. Vaughn, Counsel, Skadden Arps to Speak at KC’s The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fair Practices? Live Webcast

New York, NY, April 25, 2014 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Stephen P. Vaughn, Counsel, Skadden Arps will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fair Practices? LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET).

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About Stephen P. Vaughn

Stephen Vaughn works primarily on international trade litigation and policy matters, with a specific focus on injury issues in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty litigation. He has fourteen years of experience in complex trade litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as dispute settlement panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization. Mr. Vaughn also is active in client representations regarding a number of trade policy matters, from enforcement of unfair trade laws to recent WTO negotiations.

About Skadden Arps

With 23 offices, approximately 1,600 attorneys and more than 40 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Skadden Arps clients include approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small, entrepreneurial companies and nonprofits. Skadden’s attorneys and staff share a commitment to providing their clients with the highest-quality and most cost-effective legal services in an atmosphere emphasizing teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity

Event Synopsis:

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a pending international trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific. Negotiations by-and-large have been secret. Successful completion of the TPP is a cornerstone of President Obama’s “pivot” to Asia.

In November, 2013, a draft version of the TPP Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) chapter was published by WikiLeaks, revealing controversial clauses that have elicited protest from numerous groups about several issues ranging from intellectual property, currency, the Internet, fair trade, human rights, and public health to the environment. Organizations such as the United States Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically support the TPP negotiations, but many groups and organizations see the agreement as unfair and even dangerous for some U.S. businesses.

While the majority of reputable economists believe that free trade contributes to prosperity by creating jobs (maximizing comparative advantages), some believe that current US trade policy contributes to ever increasing income inequality in the United States. Hundreds of activist groups are protesting, demonstrating, and signing letters urging Congress to reject TPP. Their complaints include an under-mining of financial regulations, labor rights, public procurement, allowing corporate suit of foreign governments (‘investor-state’ provisions), and restricting access to generic drugs, challenging food safety regulations, restricting Internet use, delaying action on climate change, and limiting exportation of oil, liquid natural gas, coal, and water.

A Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act introduced in January 2014, designed to grant the President ‘fast track’ negotiating authority to speed international trade agreements through Congress was denied a hearing by the Senate Majority Leader and probably will never reach the Senate Floor. Without its passage, the President faces formidable obstacles to ratify the TPP, provided the twelve countries agree to a text.

This webinar will bring together national and international experts to explain what has made the TPP so controversial, why it is important, and the obstacles it faces. They will suggest how businesses can best prepare for any changes the TPP could bring about. Specific issues to be addressed will include:

Intellectual Property Rights
Financial Regulations
Investor-state Dispute Resolution
Labor Disputes
State-owned Enterprises and Competition
Market Access and Trade – Drugs, Foods, Oil, and Gas
Environmental Issues
International Security

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