International Trade

  • April 17, 2015

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Timothy Keeler

    Between counseling top companies on crucial trade negotiations, Mayer Brown LLP partner Timothy Keeler helped lobbyists rein in an Obama administration policy that barred them from serving on trade advisory committees, earning him a place among Law360’s top international trade attorneys under 40.

  • April 17, 2015

    Cos. Say China Blocked Vitamin C Antitrust Suit Compliance

    Two Chinese companies urged a New York federal judge Friday to deny a bid by a group of U.S. businesses to sanction them for refusing to turn over financial documents in a vitamin C price-fixing suit, saying the Chinese government has prohibited them from doing so.

  • April 17, 2015

    ITC Upholds $2M Finnegan, Client Spoliation Sanctions

    The International Trade Commission on Friday affirmed the $1.9 million in spoliation sanctions against Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and its Dutch client for destroying and manipulating evidence in a trade secrets row against Dow Chemical Co.

  • April 17, 2015

    Five Charged For Shipping $24M Of Microelectronics To Iran

    An indictment unsealed Friday in a Texas federal court accuses five people of illegally exporting to Iran $24 million worth of commodities, including microelectronics frequently used in surface-to-air and cruise missiles, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

  • April 17, 2015

    New Trade Oversight Bill Does Little To Quiet Critics

    The oversight reforms enshrined in Thursday's new bill to reinstate Trade Promotion Authority were aimed at quelling attacks about the secrecy of international trade talks, but the administration's critics in labor, environmental and consumer advocacy circles remained unconvinced about the value of the new provisions.

  • April 17, 2015

    Lockheed Seeks To Undo Part Of 1976 Bribery Pact With SEC

    Lockheed Martin Corp. told a Washington federal judge Thursday it should no longer be required to give the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission advance notice of changes to its anti-corruption policies — a provision of a 1976 settlement that the military contractor claims is no longer necessary in the Internet age.

  • April 17, 2015

    Rosneft, Seadrill Unit Again Delay Reported $1B Deal

    A subsidiary of offshore rig company Seadrill Ltd. said Friday that it will again extend the closing date of a tentative billion-dollar deal with Russian state-owned oil giant OAO Rosneft amid continuing sanctions against both Russia and the company.

  • April 17, 2015

    Vilsack Says USDA Out Of Options On Meat Label Tweaks

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that Congress will have to act if a controversial set of U.S. meat labeling laws is again defeated at the World Trade Organization, making clear that his agency is not in a position to make any more changes at an administrative level.

  • April 17, 2015

    China Suspends Controversial Banking Tech Rules

    Chinese regulators have reportedly told banks to suspend the implementation of controversial cybersecurity rules covering the banking sector that created trade tensions between the U.S. and China. 

  • April 16, 2015

    Fast-Track Bill Could Hit Speed Bump On Currency

    The introduction of a bill to renew the White House's fast-track trade negotiating authority was widely hailed Thursday as a bipartisan success, but lingering concerns over currency manipulation rules and procedural complications stemming from a suite of other trade measures could make final passage a heavy lift.

  • April 16, 2015

    No Immigration Changes In Major Trade Bill, Official Says

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Thursday allayed fears that the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could contain changes to the U.S. immigration system, telling lawmakers that no such modifications would be made, even though other nations involved in the negotiations are making temporary entry deals.

  • April 16, 2015

    2nd Circ. Says Fishery Execs Still Mostly On Hook For $22M

    The Second Circuit on Thursday mostly rejected an appeal by former fishery executives who pled guilty to overharvesting lobsters off the coast of South Africa for 14 years, affirming a lower court’s ruling they owed South Africa $22 million in restitution.

  • April 16, 2015

    Alstom's UK Unit Hit With New Corruption Charges

    The United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it has brought new charges in French energy and transportation giant Alstom SA's overseas contracts bribery scandal, accusing a U.K. subsidiary of the company and a business development director of several new corruption charges.

  • April 16, 2015

    Lawmakers Unveil New Bipartisan Fast-Track Bill

    The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday introduced long-awaited legislation that will enable the White House to submit trade agreements for swift approval but also give lawmakers a larger role in the negotiating process, setting the stage for a high-stakes debate over the nation's trade policy.

  • April 16, 2015

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Maureen Thorson

    From her advocacy for domestic saw blade manufacturers to helping handle all trade litigation and trade policy for one of the United States’ largest steel producers, Wiley Rein LLP partner Maureen Thorson has earned a place as one of Law360’s top international trade attorneys under 40.

  • April 16, 2015

    Dems Press White House On Procurement, Investment In TTIP

    Two Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have begun gathering support for an effort to press the Obama administration on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks with the European Union, including their worries over investment arbitration and U.S. government procurement laws.

  • April 15, 2015

    Gov't Sued Over Protection Of Sea Turtles From Shrimpers

    A conservation group on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court for allegedly not doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from shrimp fishing operations off southeastern U.S. coasts.

  • April 15, 2015

    Gov’t On Defensive Over Antitrust Activities In IP Space

    Current and former federal officials on Wednesday defended the government’s recent antitrust activities targeting standard essential patent owners against claims that such moves stifle innovation, saying the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have treated patents like any other kind of property.

  • April 15, 2015

    DOL Missed Chance To Make Statement In BNP Case

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Tuesday decision to allow BNP Paribas SA to continue to manage retirement funds, despite its guilty plea to sanctions violations last year, represents another lost opportunity to punish a big bank for breaking the law, critics say.

  • April 15, 2015

    BNP Paribas Sentenced Following $9B Settlement

    As part of its June plea deal with prosecutors, French bank BNP Paribas SA was sentenced on Wednesday to pay $8.97 billion for illegally conducting business in U.S.-sanctioned countries, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From The Schlumberger Settlement

    Ed Krauland

    The case against Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. is particularly noteworthy in that it is a non-U.S. company whose non-U.S. subsidiary was charged with criminal conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions laws based on the conduct of employees — many of whom were non-U.S. citizens — of another business unit located in the United States, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Obama's Trade Plan: 'Made In America' Is Making A Comeback

    Patrick Togni

    President Obama's 2015 trade policy agenda recognizes the importance of American manufacturing and makes this segment of the economy a central focus of U.S. trade policy this year, says Patrick Togni of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Calif. Retailers Better Check Their Supply Chains

    Stephanie A. Sheridan

    The California Department of Justice's recent letter campaign targeting retailers and manufacturers centers around the Transparency in Supply Chains Act. This is California's first step in enforcing the law and we have reason to believe over 100 companies were targeted, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Sedgwick LLP.

  • OPINION: Donziger's Case Against Chevron, In His Own Words

    Steven R. Donziger

    With all eyes on the Second Circuit this Monday when oral arguments begin in the appeal of Judge Lewis Kaplan's decision in Chevron Corp.'s RICO case against Steven Donziger and two of his clients from the Ecuadorian rainforest, the plaintiffs attorney for the first time offers his view, in detail, of the decades-long, multibillion-dollar Lago Agrio oil field pollution case.

  • 2 Routes To Hourly Rates For Lawyers

    Gerald G. Knapton

    If we were developing a system to determine legal fees from a clean slate, we would price our professional services according to quality, efficiency and results — tasks and team would be agreed upon. Instead, we have an hourly system that discourages tight management, can lead to padded bills and includes time for work that may not have been necessary, says Gerald Knapton of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC.

  • The ITC’s Secret Domestic Industry Issue

    Elizabeth Niemeyer

    When a patent owner keeps the identity of its domestic industry licensee a secret, it can compromise the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ability to receive information it needs in order to determine whether to issue a remedial order designed to protect that industry, say Elizabeth Niemeyer and Smith Brittingham IV of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • How Long Is The ESA's Arm On LNG Projects?

    Barry M. Hartman

    If the plaintiffs in Center for Biological Diversity v. Export-Import Bank of the U.S. are successful in presenting evidence that shipping on the high seas is part of the liquefied natural gas projects, then the extraterritorial application of the Endangered Species Act may be broadened considerably, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • What We Do And Don't Know About Iran Sanctions Relief

    John Barker

    Iran is not yet fully open for business by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction or who trade in U.S.-origin goods and services. U.S. authorities can be expected to continue to increase enforcement of the Iran-related trade sanctions and export controls that remain in place, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • US Sanctions And Foreign Insurers — The JCPOA Effect

    Douglas Maag

    Foreign insurers are generally not subject to U.S. sanctions prohibitions, but they are nevertheless exposed to sanctions penalties if they engage in targeted Iran-related transactions. The recently announced Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is expected to substantially ease U.S. Iran sanctions, but successful completion of the JCPOA is far from certain, says Douglas Maag of Clyde & Co LLP.

  • How To Weather Media Inquiries In High-Profile Cases

    Jolie Balido

    Avoid using “no comment” in response to a question or statement from reporters. Some reporters, particularly TV news reporters, are simply trying to elicit a reaction for a quick visual and aren’t particularly concerned with the actual answer, says Jolie Balido, president of marketing communications firm Roar Media.