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Pope Francis

Argentina
Argentine Mom Hopes Pope Will Help Get Son Off Death Row

When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years. "I've prayed so much for that young man from Cordoba," she says Francis told her, referring to the hometown of Victor Hugo Saldano.

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Tax Lawyer's Claim of Fraudulent Inducement Proceeds

By Ben Bedell |

Steven Laduzinski alleged he was lured by a promise of a managerial post overseeing a high workload at consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, but that the company was actually suffering from a sharp downturn and his supervisors were more interested in exploiting his business contacts with wealthy Latin Americans.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela
Venezuela's Maduro Vows to Extend Colombian Border Crackdown

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to extend a crackdown on illegal migrants from neighboring Colombia he blames for rampant crime and widespread shortages, while authorities across the border struggled to attend to droves of returning deportees.

Puerto Rico Statehooders See Opportunity as Woes Deepen

Puerto Ricans have been divided over their relationship to the U.S. mainland for decades. Since 1967, most voters in three referendums have favored remaining a semiautonomous territory, which advocates say preserves the island's cultural identity and provides more local control.

Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto

Mexico
HP Uses Report to Fight Foreign Bribery Allegations

By Ross Todd |

In a motion to dismiss, HP's lawyers say an internal investigation at Mexico's state oil and gas company found no wrongdoing.

Mexico
After Jones Day Raid, Greenberg Traurig Rebuilds Mexico City Outpost

By Julie Triedman |

The Miami-based Am Law 100 is the latest to ramp up its operations in Mexico, picking up the co-founders of Mexico City’s Orrantia y Robles and a Jones Day labor law expert. The hires come two months after Jones Day hired Greenberg Traurig’s local managing partner.

Mexico
At Busy Crossing, Pedestrians Need Passports to Enter Mexico

Walking into Mexico at the nation's busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners.

John Kerry

Cuba
Cubans Sound Unusually Open to Kerry's Call for Democracy

By Anne-Marie Garcia and Michael Weissenstein |

The blazing Caribbean sun rose Saturday on a U.S. flag flying over Havana for the first time in 54 years and people discussing political reform with an openness that once would have been unimaginable in Cuba.

Mexico
Reputed Gang Leader, Reporter, 4 Others Killed in Mexico

By Mark Stevenson |

Five gunmen burst into a bar and killed a reputed drug gang boss, a reporter and four other people in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said.

Thomas J. Pate

Venezuela
White & Case Lawyer's Murder Underlines Dangers of Practicing in Venezuela

By Julie Kay |

The Miami legal community and members of the Venezuelan American Bar Assocation are reeling over the death of John Pate, the father of White & Case Miami associate who was murdered at his upscale Caracas home.

Cuba
US Culture Already Widespread in Cuba as Ties Resume

Far beyond the antique Chevys on its streets and the memorials to Ernest Hemingway, Cuba is a country whose language, music, literature and fashion are steeped in American influence despite a half-century of official hostility.

Shanado Phillips with his son

Testimony Changes Judge's Mind on Illegal Entry Charge

By Ben Bedell |

A federal judge who said he was initially skeptical about a Jamaica-born felon's "predictable and unimpressive" appeal to avoid deportation has reconsidered his position and dismissed an indictment against the man for illegally reentering the United States.

Venezuela
US Lawyer Slain in Venezuela Home

John Ralston Pate, 70, a prominent American expatriate lawyer was slain and his companion was wounded in an attack at their home in Caracas.

Brazil
Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

By Zoe Tillman |

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and federal immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

Brazil
Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

By Zoe Tillman |

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and U.S. immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

At San Diego, at Least, the Border Has Become More Orderly

A sign that greets motorists entering the U.S. at the nation's busiest border crossing shows a silhouette of a man, woman and pigtailed girl running for their lives under the word "Caution." It was erected 25 years ago, when hordes of immigrants regularly stormed the border in "banzai runs" from Mexico, startling drivers along California's Interstate 5. The sign looks strangely out of place today.

Argentina
Former Argentine President on Trial for Bombing Cover-Up

By Debora Rey |

Former President Carlos Menem, a former top judge and several others are on trial for allegedly derailing the investigation into the 1994 attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association that left 85 people dead.

Mexico
Chicken Suit Involving Pfizer Stays in Pennsylvania

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A lawsuit filed by Mexican chicken breeders against pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Zoetis for producing faulty chicken vaccines will be litigated in Pennsylvania, not Mexico, a federal judge has ruled.

Cuba
Yacht Charter Plans First US-Cuba Voyage Under Relaxed Rules

By Julie Kay |

A Palm Beach yacht owner says he will be the first to sail into Cuba under new U.S. rules when he leaves Key West wiith 12 passengers.

Barack Obama.

Obama Charm Offensive Targets Venezuela After Iranians, Cubans

The Obama administration's charm offensive with unfriendly states has rolled through Myanmar, Iran and Cuba. Next stop: Venezuela.

Brazil
Brands Face Legal Hurdles Ahead of 2016 Summer Olympics

By Lisa Shuchman |

Official sponsors of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio are already making grand plans, and brand owners who are not official sponsors had better watch out.

Intercontinental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds

By Caroline Mitchell and David DiMeglio |

Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.

Marco Rubio

Cuba
Attorney Chides Rubio for Insisting on U.S.-Cuba Trade Embargo

By Adolfo Garcia |

Attorney Adolfo Garcia takes U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to task for his continued support for the Cuban embargo.

Tim Lobanov

Despite Chinese Growth, Miami Investors Mostly Latin American

By Jennifer LeClaire |

Tim Lobanov, managing director of Verasca Group, shares his thoughts on the foreign investment coming into the Miami market.

Uber iPhone app.

Mexico
Uber Cars Bashed in Mexico, Cabbies Protest Ride-Booking Apps

A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based ride-booking services in the capital.

Cuba
Special Report: Cuba

By Julie Kay |

For more than a year, no bank was willing to become Cuba's official bank in the United States--until a small community bank based in Pompano Beach stepped up.

Peru
Peru Decrees Warrantless Geolocation Tracking of Cellphones

Peru's government ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Peru
Sentencing Should Not Rely on Immigration Status, Panel Says

By Andrew Denney |

The Second Department ruled the trial court should not have reasoned that sentencing Luis Cesar to probation would present an "ethical problem" because Cesar is an undocumented immigrant and "condition number one of any sentence of probation is not to violate any laws."

Cuba
McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

Spain, Cuba
McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

Peter Berlowe and Daniel Vielleville

Venezuela
She Left Cargill and Got Severance. Problem Was, it Wasn't Paid in US Dollars

By Julie Kay |

Attorneys Daniel Vielleville and Peter Berlowe represent a Weston resident who received a severance package in Venezuelan bolivars instead of dollars.

Puerto Ricans Stuggle, Moving to Central Florida

Almost 1 million Puerto Ricans live in Florida, with about 400,000 living in central Florida, and Florida will soon rival New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Mexico
Uber’s Legal Woes: Ride-Sharing Service Facing Fresh Legal Obstacles in Mexico

By Juliana Kenny |

Uber continues to face legal challenges abroad — something the ride-sharing company has done since its outset, but with recent pushback from France and Mexico.

Cuba
Visitors Flock to Havana Since US, Cuba Establish Ties

With Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro making global headlines for restarting diplomatic relations between their countries after five decades, 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for the Cuban tourism industry.

Dominican Republic
Many Leave Dominican Republic for Haiti to Avoid Deportation

Thousands of people from Haiti or merely of Haitian descent aren't waiting to see if they'll be forcibly removed from the Dominican Republic now that the deadline has passed to apply for legal residency.

EB-5 Funding Is Turning Miami China-Centric

By Ronald R. Fieldstone |

Chinese investors accept a rate of return on their invested capital as low as 0.5 of a percent to get the certainty of job creation and green card approval, writes attorney Ronald Fieldstone.

Mexico
Dismay in US Over Guzman's Escape From Mexican Prison

Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.

Judge Lohier

Dominican Republic
Disparity in Citizenship Law Is Found Unconstitutional

By Mark Hamblett |

Immigration law that requires unwed fathers to live in the United States longer than unwed mothers when considering their children born abroad for citizenship is unconstitutional, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

NYC City Council Speaker: Washington Must Help Puerto Rico

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is arguably becoming one of the nation's most influential Puerto Rican politicians, is urging Congress and the Obama administration to step in and help the island commonwealth struggling under the weight of its debt.

Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Littler Lands in Nicaragua

By Jennifer Henderson |

Littler Mendelson has expanded to Nicaragua, with the July 1 launch of an office in the Central American nation's capital of Managua by Littler Global member BDS Asesores.

Carnival's Adonia, which carries 710 passengers, is part of its Fathom line.

Cuba
Carnival to Launch Miami to Cuba Cruises in May

By Celia Ampel |

Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to Cuba, becoming the first American cruise company to visit that island since the 1960 trade embargo.

Mexico
A Year On, Children Caught on Border Struggle to Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Brings Focus on Poor to South America

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador Sunday, starting a nine-day visit to South America in which he's expected to focus on the poor and challenge policies on oil drilling that damage the environment.

Kimberly Cook holds the bible for her husband Ramón A. Abadin as he is sworn into the president of the Florida Bar by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Cuba
Cuban-American Florida Bar President Plans Cuba Trip

By Julie Kay |

Newly installed Florida Bar president Ramon Abadin is planning an attorney trip to his native Cuba but won't be making the tourist stops taken on the international law section's visit.

Uber iPhone app.

Mexico
Government Officials Hint at Possible Win for Uber in Mexico City

Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France's president to promise a crackdown. But the smartphone-based ride-sharing app may soon get some good news in Mexico City.

Cuban flag hangs in the doorway to the Museo de Arte Colonial.

Cuba
US Embassy in Havana Marks 'New Chapter'

President Barack Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Highest Stakes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.

Cuba
Cuba's Popularity Concerns Caribbean Tourism Officials

By Danica Coto |

Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

Panama
Noriega Asks for Panama's Forgiveness in Jailhouse Interview

By Juan Zamorano and Joshua Goodman |

Former dictator Manuel Noriega broke a long silence to ask his compatriots to forgive actions by his military regime that culminated in the 1989 U.S. invasion.

Cuba
Review Board Weighs Release of Injured Guantanamo Prisoner

A Libyan prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with battlefield wounds made his initial appearance before a review board that will decide whether he can be released after 13 years in custody.

Colombia
Report: Colombia Generala Go Unpunished in Civilian Killings

By Joshua Goodman |

Dozens of senior Colombian army officers implicated in the killing of 3,000 civilians falsely claimed to be rebels a decade ago have risen through the ranks and are escaping punishment for their roles in one of Latin America's worst atrocities, Human Rights Watch said.

Cuba
Close But No Cigar: US-Cuba Wrangle on Embassies 6 Months On

Six months ago, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro stunned the world by announcing an end to their nations' half-century of official hostility. Yet, even as observers say a deal is imminent, the two governments have not taken the important but symbolic step of turning their "interests" offices into formal embassies in Havana and Washington.

Steven Donziger outside the Manhattan federal courthouse in April

Ecuador
Suit Against Donziger Belongs in Ecuador, Panel Determines

By Ben Bedell |

Ecuador, not New York, is the proper venue for a group of indigenous Ecuadorians to sue New York attorney Steven Donziger, who they claim is cheating them out of their fair share of a judgment in the long-running dispute against Chevron, the First Department ruled Tuesday.

Venezuela
As Struggling Professors Flee, Higher Education Suffers in Venezuela

Venezuela has already lost many of its brightest young professionals to better-paying jobs abroad, and now the South American country is also losing the professors who trained them.

Honduras
Honduras Escapes $205M Award on Lumber Contract

By Celia Ampel |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decides Honduras isn't liable for a $205 million default judgment against a company it created.

St. Peter's Basilica

Cuba
Vatican Indicts Ex-Ambassador to Dominican Republic

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been indicted on charges he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country and had child pornography on his computer and will stand trial next month in a Vatican court.

Venezuela
Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Calls Off Hunger Strike

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader Daniel Ceballos called off his hunger strike Thursday after 20 days.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Cuba
Republican Senator Sees US Embassy in Havana Coming Soon

The opening of a U.S. embassy in Cuba for the first in 54 years is "imminent," a U.S. senator said as he and two other Republicans finished a short visit to Cuba said.

02/18/14-- Miami-- Tim Gifford,Senior Vice President, with CBRE

Mexico
REITs Open Up Mexico Markets

By Samantha Joseph |

Just a few years ago, Mexico's real estate investors were in an exclusive club: wealthy, independent and private buyers who took their pick of the choice inventory and controlled the lion's share of the country's commercial properties. That's changed.

Cuba
Cuba Work Skyrockets

By Carlos Harrison |

Law firms are trumpeting their Cuba teams and hosting events to explore the island's risks and opportunities.

Mexico
Deals and More Deals as Mexico Finally Opens

By Susan Postlewaite |

International and Mexican law firms are riding a wave of new deals as Mexico moves ahead with bold plans to open its national energy sector to foreign and private investment for the first time in 76 years.

Jerry Brodsky

Brazil
Layer Keeps Rio Olympics on Track

Miami attorney Jerry Brodsky was tapped to set up dispute boards to keep the Rio Olympics construction on schedule.

FBI Beefs up FCPA Teams

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The Justice Department is adding to its enforcement arsenal by tripling the number of agents working on cases.

Cuba

Cuba
Cuba's Risks or Rewards?

By Carlos Harrison |

Experts warn the foreign investors will be looking for a functional legal system and a willingness to take disputes to international arbitration before they will invest big dollars in Cuba.

House confiscated by the Castro regime that once belonged to the family of Attorney Jesus Suarez, with Genovese Joblove & Battista.

Cuba
Back in Time: Attorneys Visit Their Families' Former Homes in Cuba Before Castro (Slideshow)

By Julie Kay |

For a handful of Cuban-American attorneys visiting Cuba with a Florida Bar delegation, the trip was a journey to their roots.

Paraguay
Former South American Soccer Boss Mired in FIFA Scandal

The era of grand privileges and immunity for the soccer confederation appears to be coming to an end in Paraguay, a poor, landlocked nation of 6.8 million, where smuggling, corruption and tax evasion are endemic. Nicholas Leoz, now 86, was one of 14 people indicted by the U.S. Justice Department last week on charges of bribery, racketeering and money laundering.

Colombia
In Bribery and FCPA Trial of CEO, GC Says They Did It

By Sue Reisinger |

Gregory Weisman, the former general counsel of PetroTiger, has testified that he participated in a secret deal with sellers of a company who offered kickbacks to Weisman and PetroTiger's then-CEO.

Venezuela
Jailed Mayors' Hunger Strike Rallies Venezuelan Opposition

A hunger strike by two high-profile imprisoned politicians is generating excitement among some members of a Venezuelan opposition that has seemed mostly disengaged since 2014's fiery protests.

Capitol building in Havana

Cuba
Cuban Investment on Horizon. But Is It Worth the Risk?

By Julie Kay |

About 30 lawyers from the international law section of the Florida Bar who went on a fact-finding mission to Cuba returned to the United States with concerns about investment opportunities.

Vendor selling pork rinds in Havana

Cuba
Havana Streets, a Reporter's View (Slideshow)

DBR reporter Julie Kay recently took a trip to Cuba with about 30 lawyers from the International Section of the Florida Bar. These are the photos she took.

Colombia
DLA Piper Expands to Colombia With Martinez Neira

By Julie Kay |

London-based DLA Piper expands to Colombia under a cooperative agreement with Martinez Neira Abogados, one of the country's leading law firms.

Cuba
US. Journalism Courses Rile Cuba Amid Effort to Heal Rift

About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABCs of journalism: how to craft a news story, write a headline and check sources. To their government, however, they are taking part in criminal activity.

Julie Kay

Cuba
She Learned Firsthand Just How Lacking in Basic Freedoms Cuba is

By Julie Kay |

Review reporter Julie Kay shadowed lawyers touring Cuba last week. Kay had a few tense moments when was kicked off the tour and told by the government to stop writing during her visit.

Cuba
A Frank Assessment on Cuba From Its Longest Serving Correspondent

By Julie Kay |

Marc Frank, the longest serving foreign correspondent in Cuba, delivered a candid assessment of the Cuban political system to lawyers visiting Cuba from the Florida Bar International Section.

Attorney Osvaldo Miranda Diaz provides an overview of the Cuban legal system describing the role of lawyers in Cuba and the legal services provided at his firm, Cuban Law Collective.

Cuba
Strong Words From Havana Lawyer on Cuba's Legal System: 'Disgusting'

By Julie Kay |

Havana attorney Osvaldo Miranda Diaz told a 30-attorney delegation from Florida that Cuban lawyers get tired of complaining to government officials about the lack of due process in Cuba's courts.

Third District Court of Appeal

Venezuela
3rd DCA Demands Deposition from Venezuelan Oil Magnate

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal unanimously denied a motion for a protective order to prevent deposition of a Venezuelan oil magnate in Miami malpractice lawsuit.

Cuba
US Senator in Cuba Says Normal Relations 'Weeks Away'

The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island.

Cuba
Stunning 36 Percent Rise in US Visits to Cuba Since January

The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries such as Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

Puerto Rico Gov Files $9.8B Budget That Calls for Deep Cuts

Puerto Rico's governor submitted a $9.8 billion budget proposal calling for $674 million in cuts amid the U.S. territory's economic crisis.

Cuba
Cuba Establishes Banking Relationship in US

President Barack Obama wants a guarantee that U.S. diplomats can travel wherever they want on Cuba and meet whomever they please.

Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those partners has decided to stay put. Bruno Soares, the only one of the three who is actually based in Brazil, will remain with Allen & Overy.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those A&O partners has decided to stay put.

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Debt-Choked Puerto Rico at Fiscal Brink as Bond Buyers Pull Back

Puerto Rico is hurtling toward the fiscal brink. After years of borrowing to paper over deficits, and with $630 million due to investors on July 1, the island may confront the unthinkable: a default.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Inflation Rate Is 200% and Credit Card Companies Are Cashing In

Venezuela's economic collapse is driving factories out of business, leaving store shelves barren and wiping out workers' purchasing power. But MasterCard Inc. is doing just fine.

Mexico
Mexico to Give $3.3M to Victims of Army Slayings, Relatives

The Mexican government said it will give at least $3.3 million to relatives of criminal suspects slain in 2014 by soldiers under a Mexican law requiring compensation for victims of human rights violations.

Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Venezuela
Ford to Sell Venezuelan Cars in Greenbacks in Dollarization

Ford Motor Co. will sell some of its cars in Venezuela in dollars to alleviate a shortage of greenbacks that has slashed its imports and paralyzed its plant, according to a labor union official.

Raul Castro

Cuba
Raul Castro Was So Impressed With Pope Francis, He Actually Said This

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente—and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.

People celebrate near the Congress building after learning that Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned amid a customs corruption scandal.

Guatemala
Guatemala Wiretaps Lead to Fraud, Bribery Cases in Government

Wiretappings that prosecutors used to track down a million-dollar fraud ring run out of the Guatemalan government have cost the vice president her job and now may lead to the Central American country's Supreme Court.

Nicolas Maduro

Colombia, Venezuela
Venezuela's Poor Neighbors Flee en Masse Years After Arrival

Colombian immigrants, who greatly benefited from the socialist policies of Chavez and Maduro, are heading home as the Venezuelan economy tanks.

Mexico
Mexican Drug Cartel Jalisco New Generation Flexes Muscles

An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said.

Puerto Rico Governore Signs Order to Legalize Medical Pot

Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate.

Uruguay
Uruguay Urges Ex-Guantanamo Detainees to Sign for Housing

Uruguay's foreign minister said that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.

Mexico
Mexico Officials Investigate Case of Girl Wrongly Sent to US

Prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother, authorities said.

Honduras
Honduras High Court Voids Ban on Presidential Re-Election

Honduras' Supreme Court on Thursday voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term—the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist President Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

Gibson Dunn's Theodore Olson outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Ecuador
The Global Lawyer: Will Chevron Lose in the Second Circuit?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Ted Olson didn't quite live up to his legend in April 20 arguments over the $9.5 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron. The question is whether Chevron blew the case.

Colombia
Professional Liars Are Undermining Justice in Colombia

Authorities have taken to calling it the "cartel of false witnesses," with paid liars sometimes testifying in dozens of cases at a time, parading from courtroom to courtroom.

700 South Florida Electronics Companies Under Scrutiny for Drug Laundering

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Looking to squeeze a money-laundering scheme favored by drug cartels, federal orders have placed nearly 700 South Florida import-export businesses under tighter scrutiny.

Ford

Mexico
Low Wages, Trade Deals Lure Auto Plants to Mexico

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the United States and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Venezuela
Wall St. Has No Idea How Much Money Venezuela Has

Bond investors suspect the Venezuelan government is pretty low on cash. Just how low, though, is a tricky question.