An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission on Tuesday ruled that Fitbit Inc. did not misappropriate trade secrets from its competitor Jawbone to make its fitness trackers, making the latest development in a multijurisdictional intellectual property battle between the wearable tech rivals.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' approval of ChemChina's $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta is the largest-ever outbound Chinese acquisition, and experts say the green light bodes well for future deals that will have to be approved by the committee because CFIUS evaluates the merits of each deal without being influenced by outside factors.
Four ex-employees of defense contractor Sabre Defence Industries LLC were sentenced Friday to between 13 and 18 months in prison for their role in a scheme to smuggle gun parts into England, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said Monday.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a former U.S. trade representative, expressed concern on Monday that newly released rules aimed at combating the evasion of import duties will not engender a fully open and transparent process and vowed to closely monitor their implementation.
An international arbitration tribunal on Monday ordered Venezuela to pay a Canadian mining firm more than $1.2 billion for nationalizing its investments in the country and improperly restricting gold exports, adding to the financially struggling country's woes.
Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is in no rush to take a stance for or against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his spokesman told Law360 on Tuesday, placing the burden on Republican leaders to tee up a formal debate on the pact.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Sunday pledged to investigate the $400 million the Obama administration paid to Iran in January, which coincided with the release of three American prisoners.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge handed smartphone makers a win Friday, ruling that a media player patent that netted a Singapore software company a $100 million settlement with Apple is invalid under Alice, in what appears to be the first time an ITC investigation has been terminated during its early review program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it would be updating its rules governing imports of certain precious gems linked to slave labor and arms dealing in Burma, continuing a Bush-era ban on gems from the Southeast Asian nation that expired in 2013.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Monday lifted anti-dumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel products from Japan and the European Union in response to the World Trade Organization’s ruling last year that it employed faulty analysis in its initial order.
A Florida federal judge sentenced a California woman to 50 months in prison on Friday for her role in the exportation of fighter jet engines and drones to China in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.
The European Union on Monday asked the World Trade Organization to form a dispute settlement panel that will be tasked with assessing whether Colombia’s taxes and regulatory hurdles against imported liquor have violated the multilateral trade body’s rules.
A D.C. federal court tossed a suit Friday by a Liberian man claiming the government caused his identity to be stolen by publishing identifying information including his Social Security number after he was sanctioned along with several countrymen, ruling the disclosures were legal under the Privacy Act.
A former Crowell & Moring LLP partner has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, with 17 years of trial experience representing government contractors and health care clients in False Claims Act and antitrust suits against parties such as Mylan Laboratories Inc. and the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Treasury Department announced the publication of new interim rules on duty evasion investigations Friday that would provide ways to bring private parties making evasion allegations into the process.
A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against Russia for the second time in a week, finding Friday that the country’s 2014 ban on European Union pigs and pork was unjustified.
A South African court Thursday ordered the government to increase grain tariffs by 30 percent.
A group of trade lobbyists told the D.C. Circuit they were entitled to attorneys' fees for their challenge of an Obama administration policy that banned them from government advisory committees despite the fact the case settled, arguing the circuit’s own rulings had rendered their victory inevitable.
A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed a shareholder suit claiming foreign exchange dealer FXCM Inc. lied about its business model ahead of the 2015 Swiss franc “flash crash,” ruling there was no evidence the dealer could have known about a sudden policy decision that took the market by surprise.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration raised “serious concerns” on behalf of the executive branch Thursday over the Federal Communications Commission proposal to subject Team Telecom national security reviews to a rigid 90-day review clock.
On July 22, a final rule on export penalty guidance from the Bureau of Industry and Security became effective. Kim Carlson of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP sat down to discuss the implications with Troy Shaffer, a senior global trade adviser with the firm’s international trade group and retired special agent of the BIS Office of Export Enforcement.
Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.
The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.
Recently introduced legislation proposes to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a full member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It is fair to say that the prospects for the bill are good, but if nothing else, it is certain to revive the debate over the nexus between national security and food supply, say attorneys at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Often, the lead counsel in a case maintains sole contact with the client and makes substantive decisions, relying upon the local counsel only to serve in the requisite capacity to satisfy jurisdictional procedures. Therein lies the problem — absent appropriate precautionary measures, the local attorney faces equal malpractice exposure for the substantive, strategic decisions of the lead counsel, say Patrick (Sean) Ginty of CNA Glob... (continued)
There are several risks involved with signing a "standard" mediation confidentiality agreement, both to your clients and to yourself. Once you recognize these risks, you will never sign a standard MCA again, at least not without a lot of thought and a lot of disclosures to your client, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.
After a legal dispute spanning over a decade, the World Trade Organization has finally banned the zeroing method of determining dumping margins, relaxing anti-dumping laws that affected Vietnam's shrimp exports. This agreement marks a significant and critical change in Vietnam's usage of dispute settlement mechanisms, according to Oliver Massmann, general director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC.
As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.
I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.
There is within the World Trade Organization Secretariat and Appellate Body an apparent bias against the use of trade remedies, despite the clear right of members to use such remedies to address injurious dumping or subsidization actions, says Terence Stewart of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.