International Trade

  • October 9, 2015

    Dow Chemical Sues Ex-Employee For Stealing Trade Secrets

    The Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday sued a former long-time employee who went on to consult for a rival overseas company, alleging in Pennsylvania state court he misappropriated Dow's "valuable and proprietary trade secret technology” for manufacturing paint polymers despite signing confidentiality agreements with the company.

  • October 9, 2015

    Baker Donelson's Global Biz Team Hires Butler Snow Atty

    A corporate and transactional lawyer fluent in at least six languages has left Butler Snow to join Baker Donelson’s Global Business team in Alabama, bringing with him more than a decade of experience in foreign direct investments and international trade.

  • October 9, 2015

    WikiLeaks Releases Secret Text Of TPP's IP Section

    WikiLeaks on Friday unveiled what it claims is the intellectual property section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal recently announced by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, with one advocacy group subsequently slamming the agreement's purported curbs on access to medicines.

  • October 9, 2015

    EU's Safe Harbor Ruling Fuels Call For Legislative Action

    A bombshell decision from the European Union's highest court vanquishing a U.S.-EU data sharing pact prompted Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on Thursday to renew his call for lawmakers to act on his legislation that would extend domestic privacy protections to EU citizens in an attempt to rescue the accord.

  • October 9, 2015

    WTO Sets Deadline For US Compliance In China CVD Row

    A World Trade Organization arbitrator on Friday gave the U.S. government an April 1 deadline to comply with a decision that faulted U.S. countervailing duties on a slew of Chinese imports, including solar panels, wind towers and oil pipes.

  • October 9, 2015

    House Approves Bill To Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would lift a decades-old ban on exports of crude oil from the U.S., as well as reauthorizing funding for an auxiliary fleet of private sea vessels able to support military transportation needs.

  • October 9, 2015

    UN Bribe Suspect Gets $2M Bail Package After Testy Hearing

    A Manhattan federal judge granted a $2 million bail package to Dominican U.N. Representative Francis Lorenzo on Friday over the strenuous objections of a prosecutor who said the suspect accused of paying bribes on behalf of a billionaire real estate developer has an “extreme” incentive to flee, a vast array of contacts and plenty of hidden money.

  • October 9, 2015

    GOP Reps. Move To Break Ex-Im Bank Deadlock

    The fight to reopen the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. took a dramatic turn on Friday as Republican House members maneuvered to force a vote on legislation to reinstate the embattled agency, despite fervent pushback from the conservative wing of the party.

  • October 8, 2015

    ITA's Vietnamese Shrimp Probe Challenged By Domestic Cos.

    A committee representing domestic shrimp producers sued the U.S. on Thursday over a recent review of antidumping duties on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Vietnam, saying the International Trade Administration relied on aberrational information from Bangladesh in its investigation.

  • October 8, 2015

    UN Chief Orders Audit Of NGOs Linked To Bribery Allegations

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested an audit of two nongovernmental organizations linked to allegations that disgraced former General Assembly President John Ashe orchestrated a $1.3 million bribery scheme, Ban’s spokesman announced Thursday.

  • October 8, 2015

    State Dept. Can’t Move Clinton Email Cases Under One Judge

    The U.S. Department of State lost a bid Thursday to coordinate under one judge more than 30 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits requesting the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when a District of Columbia federal court found the cases are not similar enough.

  • October 8, 2015

    Commerce Plans To Alter Duties On Chinese Bed Bases

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced plans to revoke part of an anti-dumping duty order on imported wooden bedroom furniture from China following a request from a New York-based furniture company.

  • October 8, 2015

    WTO Nears Small Package Of Agreements For Dec. Summit

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo said Thursday that members are getting closer to striking a set of modestly sized agreements on agricultural export promotion, transparency and development issues in time for a closely watched December conference.

  • October 8, 2015

    Failed Bank's Shareholders Rip 'Keystone Kops' FinCEN Probe

    The lead shareholders in an Andorran bank that was shut down after the U.S. government determined that it was at risk of being used by terrorists and drug traffickers to launder money has sued the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, alleging that the determination process was a “Keystone Kops”-type fiasco.

  • October 8, 2015

    Commerce Alters Chinese Activated Carbon Dumping Margins

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has rejected calls to switch from Thailand to the Philippines to act as a market economy surrogate in its seventh administrative review of certain activated carbon from China, but has changed certain dumping margins established in its preliminary results, according to a Thursday notice.

  • October 8, 2015

    White House Threatens To Veto Oil Export Legislation

    The White House voiced its fervent opposition to a bill lifting the decades-old ban on oil exports that is due for congressional consideration this week, warning lawmakers that President Barack Obama is prepared to veto the legislation if it arrives on his desk.

  • October 8, 2015

    Finance Chairman Bristles At TPP's Drug, Tobacco Provisions

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, offered a fuller glimpse of his objections to the recently completed Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, chiding the pact for its insufficient protection of biologic medicines and its insulation of tobacco control measures from legal challenges.

  • October 7, 2015

    Lumber Liquidators To Pay $13.2M In DOJ Settlement

    Lumber Liquidators will pay $13.2 million to settle a Department of Justice investigation primarily related to hardwood flooring the company imported from foreign suppliers, including Eastern Russia, that harvested more timber than permitted, the company announced Wednesday.

  • October 7, 2015

    Clinton Signals Opposition To TPP Free Trade Deal

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out Wednesday against the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, breaking with the White House over a landmark pact she once touted as the “gold standard” and aligning with opposition voiced by challengers such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

  • October 7, 2015

    Rule Would Ease Bidding Regs For Humanitarian Missions

    The U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.S. General Services Administration on Wednesday proposed amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to relax competition rules for certain overseas contracts related to humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways To Become A 360-Degree Lawyer

    Rosario Lozada Schrier

    Whether you’re a millennial joining the profession or a seasoned veteran, the challenges posed by the current legal market compel everyone to adapt and innovate. Law professors Rosario Schrier and Annette Torres team up to offer 10 tips to develop a more diverse skill set.

  • Springtime For 'Implementation Day' On Iran Sanctions

    Baruch Weiss

    The lifting of Iranian-related sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on "Implementation Day," which is set for spring 2016, will have little impact on the ability of U.S. persons to do business with Iran. The embargo will remain in place and the U.S. will continue to enforce stringent controls on Iran-related transactions by U.S. persons, foreign entities owned or controlled by a U.S. person and foreign persons loc... (continued)

  • Hitachi Underscores Need For Robust FCPA Due Diligence

    Mark Mendelsohn

    A recent action against Hitachi Ltd. is further evidence of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s ability to use its expansive reach under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s accounting provisions to police bribery and bribery-related conduct that it may not be able to reach under the anti-bribery provisions, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • EU Safe Harbor Not So Safe — What Now?

    Susan L. Foster

    The European Union's highest court has declared the U.S.-EU data transfer safe harbor completely invalid. But even if your company relied exclusively on the safe harbor as the basis for its transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S., not all hope is lost, say Susan Foster and Cynthia Larose at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 5 Things Clients Never Tell Their Lawyers

    Francis Drelling

    Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • UK Modern Slavery Act: Public Shame In The Supply Chain

    Richard Tauwhare

    Businesses are increasingly expected to respect human rights wherever they operate. Though light on government regulation, the U.K. Modern Slavery Act is designed to engineer pressure from consumers, investors and the media, which could ultimately be more effective at driving up standards than the threat of legal enforcement action, says Richard Tauwhare at Dechert LLP.

  • In Congress: Energy, Budget, Boehner's Replacement

    Richard A. Hertling

    Budget negotiations and a House leadership election will consume much of the attention on Capitol Hill this week, following successful enactment of a continuing resolution to fund the government into December. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner's recent announcement has set off a scramble in the Republican caucus of members eager to assume leadership posts for the remainder of the 114th Congress and beyond, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Grading The TPP: Crafting A Good Free Trade Agreement

    Timothy C. Brightbill

    Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement the United States should not accept any free trade agreement unless it passes certain essential tests, says Timothy Brightbill at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Lessons From Avon's FCPA-Related Settlements

    Riyaz Dattu

    When Avon Products Inc. first learned about potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act problems in China, it simply directed that internal control measures be instituted at the subsidiary, with no follow-up on the compliance initiatives. By the time Avon began a full-blown internal investigation, much of the damage had been done, say Riyaz Dattu and Sonja Pavic of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

  • Pope Francis And Pro Bono Publico


    Listening to Pope Francis last week as he made his way from Washington to New York to Philadelphia, one could be forgiven for imagining he was a poverty lawyer in robes. Again and again, he shone light on challenges that pro bono lawyers have wrestled with for years, including the death penalty, housing and homelessness, immigration and even climate change, say Kevin Curnin and Jennifer Colyer of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.