On June 15, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of products imported from China that will be subject to additional tariffs as part of the United States response to China’s alleged unfair trade practices related to technology and intellectual property. The tariffs will pose an additional duty of 25 percent on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports containing industrially significant technologies. The announcement follows a Section 301 investigation in which the USTR found that China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory, and burden United States commerce. United States Customs and Border Protection will begin to collect the additional duties from China on July 6, 2018 on an initial list of products affecting $36 billion in imports.

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Photo of Martin Hahn Martin Hahn

Partner, Washington, DC

Martin Hahn uses his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry to navigate clients through the myriad regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table. He recognizes the demands placed on his clients and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators  during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

Martin’s career has touched on almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. He helps clients anticipate new trends and develop the data that is needed to distinguish their products from others on the market. With his understanding of science and technology in the food industry, Martin provides assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He also assists clients in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance, as well as, tracks and keeps his clients apprised of the latest trends in class action law suits and helps clients anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. He understands Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Erika Ward

Erika Ward counsels clients from all segments of the food and agriculture industry, as well as their trade associations. She helps clients navigate a wide range of complex federal and state regulatory matters, including labeling and advertising compliance, organic food production requirements, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) enforcement challenges, import and export issues, litigation support, and comment drafting on proposed regulations and agency guidance.

Outside of food law and policy, Erika is also dedicated to her pro bono practice. She has focused on death penalty work and also assisted with the representation of a client appearing before the Maryland Parole Commission.

During law school, Erika served as the Managing Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. She also spent a summer with Duke Law’s Health Justice Clinic, advocating for the rights of clients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Erika remains active in the Ohio State alumni community, serving as a mentor to current Ohio State students interning in Washington, D.C.