International Trade

  • September 16, 2014

    DLA Piper Snags Ex-Kirkland & Ellis Atty For NYC Practice

    DLA Piper has announced that it added a former Kirkland & Ellis partner with experience in complex commercial disputes and corporate fraud, including the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to bolster its litigation practice in New York.

  • September 16, 2014

    Electrical Steel Producers Take Injury Fight To CIT

    Domestic producers of electrical steel used in power transformers have sued the U.S. International Trade Commission for ruling that their business was not injured by competing imports from Germany, Japan and Poland, according to documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • September 16, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Indian Steelmaker's Challenge To Duties

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday rejected Mukand Ltd.'s challenge to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s review of an anti-dumping order on stainless steel bar from India, finding the department properly used domestic petitioners' allegations in calculating a dumping margin for the Indian steelmaker.

  • September 16, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Dings Corporate Officer For False Import Docs

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled en banc that a corporate officer may be held liable for furnishing the U.S. government with misleading import information even if the officer is not the importer of record, faulting the president of a company that understated the value of men's suits shipped to the U.S.

  • September 16, 2014

    EU Asks WTO To Rule In Russia Trade Feud After Talks Fail

    The European Union on Monday asked the World Trade Organization to rule over a dispute about anti-dumping duties Russia applied to imports of light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy, after a formal consultation failed to resolve the issue.

  • September 16, 2014

    Ukraine Ratifies EU Political Deal But Punts On Trade Pact

    Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday approved an agreement to strengthen political ties with the European Union, but delayed the implementation of the free trade portion of the pact, which is widely viewed as a catalyst for the region's monthslong unrest with neighboring Russia.

  • September 15, 2014

    DC Circ. Bucked Precedent In Meat-Labeling Row, Groups Say

    Meat packaging industry groups called for the D.C. Circuit to rehear a case in which it decided en banc in July to uphold stricter labeling rules for the meat industry, saying Friday that the ruling contradicts the circuit’s own precedent and creates a “regulatory morass.”

  • September 15, 2014

    Gilead, Indian Generic Cos. Reach Deals Over Hep C Drug

    Gilead Sciences has reached deals with seven generic drug manufacturers in India to sell cheaper versions of its $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, roughly a month after the company won the rights to the groundbreaking medicine, it said in a Monday announcement.

  • September 15, 2014

    SEC Should Be Denied Conflict Mineral Rehearing, Groups Say

    A coalition of business groups has urged the D.C. Circuit to rebuff the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid for an en banc review of an earlier decision to strike down a central tenet of the agency’s conflict minerals rules.

  • September 15, 2014

    WTO Approves Informal Mediation For Food Safety Disputes

    The World Trade Organization has approved a voluntary mediation system designed to let members resolve food safety policy disagreements, allowing them to avoid the WTO’s complicated legal dispute policies.

  • September 15, 2014

    Ex-Mauritius Ambassador Tapped For WTO Appellate Body

    The World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body is poised to install the newest panelist of the seven-member Appellate Body after a selection committee tapped the former ambassador of Mauritius to the WTO and other international organizations out of a group seven candidates, the organization said Friday.

  • September 15, 2014

    WTO Chief Won't Link Trade Pact With Food Security Push

    The head of the World Trade Organization on Monday made clear that he will not bend to the demands of developing countries that have blocked the implementation of a trade facilitation deal over concerns about legal challenges to domestic food security programs, saying the two issues must proceed separately.

  • September 15, 2014

    Fed Circ. Backs Steeper Duties On Chinese Roller Bearings

    The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that companies are responsible for keeping track of any data that may be requested by the U.S. government in duty-review proceedings, backing a challenge from a U.S. producer of roller bearings seeking to obtain a hefty anti-dumping duty order on Chinese imports.

  • September 15, 2014

    WTO A Tough Venue To Challenge China On Antitrust Law

    The opposition to China's enforcement of a controversial antitrust law continues to amplify as a key business group has alleged breaches of World Trade Organization rules, but experts say the WTO's texts and existing jurisprudence create enough uncertainty that U.S. trade authorities will likely hold off on bringing a case.

  • September 12, 2014

    US Seeks State Secrets Intervention In Defamation Suit

    The federal government on Friday asked a New York federal court to allow it to assert the state secrets privilege to dismiss a Greek businessman's defamation suit alleging a nonprofit organization falsely accused him of illegally exporting oil from Iran, saying further litigation could expose classified natural security information.

  • September 12, 2014

    CIT Denies Flower Importer's Too-Late Tariff Refund Request

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday denied a tariff refund to a shipping company that imported Colombian flowers in between duty-free treaty periods, saying that the company's refund request was filed too late. 

  • September 12, 2014

    DOJ's Baer Warns Against Protectionism In Antitrust

    The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust chief warned Friday that global enforcers should steer clear of using competition law to push a protectionist agenda by promoting industrial policy, pursuing leverage in trade talks or interfering with intellectual property rights.

  • September 12, 2014

    Cargill Sues Syngenta For Selling GMO Seed Blocked By China

    Food and agriculture company Cargill Inc. hit Syngenta Seeds Inc. with a lawsuit in Louisiana state court on Friday for allegedly releasing a new genetically modified seed into the U.S. corn supply prior to receiving import approval from China, saying Cargill’s shipments to China were rejected as a result.

  • September 12, 2014

    2nd Circ. Allows More Discovery In Taiwan's Grenada Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday refused to force Grenada to turn over certain assets, including legal fees owed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, to satisfy a $21 million judgment to Taiwan's export-import bank, but it did say a lower court was wrong to cut off an investigation into Grenada's assets in the U.S.

  • September 12, 2014

    OPEC Antitrust Suit Wins New Life At DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday revived a conservative group's antitrust suit against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, saying that even though the group failed to properly serve OPEC, a district judge should reconsider whether to allow the organization to be served through its U.S. counsel White & Case LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Cases Bring Good News For US Oil Pipe Industry

    Brian McGill

    Overall, the U.S. oil country tubular goods industry is pleased with the outcomes of the OCTG trade cases at the administrative agency level, particularly because the U.S. Department of Commerce increased anti-dumping duties on imports from Korea in its final margin calculations and the U.S. International Trade Commission made affirmative determinations with respect to substantially all subject imports, says Brian McGill of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Scotland — The 'Succession Event' Question

    James Duncan

    A vote for an independent Scotland will have many consequences for the United Kingdom. Unsurprisingly, the implications for U.K. sovereign credit default swaps have not featured prominently in the public debate, say attorneys with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • Food Fight Between Russia And The West May Intensify

    Matthew R. Levy

    Western companies should expect the current economic sanctions between Russia and the West to remain, if not intensify — today’s food ban could become tomorrow’s automobile ban, and the prohibitions on trade could come from either the West or Russia at this point, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • A Look At The New US And EU Sanctions On Russia

    Triplett Mackintosh

    While the latest U.S. and EU sanctions do not cut off entire sectors of the Russian economy, they come close, say attorneys with Holland & Hart LLP.

  • OPINION: Pro Bono May Help Diversity Recruiting Efforts

    David A. Lash

    A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms — going beyond traditional mentoring programs by creating a sponsorship relationship. Pro bono can also play a part, say David Lash and Merle Vaughn of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Esquenazi In Korea: Identifying Instrumentalities Abroad

    Samantha Dreilinger

    Efforts to apply the Esquenazi definition in Korea — a country where the government plays a significant yet often obscured role in several important industries — reveal that the definition leaves important questions unresolved and provides little comfort to companies trying to determine whether a potential business partner may be subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Kim & Chang.

  • How Research Efficiency Impacts Law Firm Profitability

    David Houlihan

    For a law firm, excess time dedicated to legal research generates waste, either in the form of artificially reduced billable hours or, particularly in flat or contingency fee projects, as overhead eroding the profitability of legal work. By measuring five factors, firms will begin to understand their own opportunities for improving profits, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • At The ITC, Even The Rulemaker Has To Follow The Rules

    Christopher May

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Align Technology Inc. v. U.S. International Trade Commission highlights a loophole in current ITC rules — limitations on the ITC’s ability to review the denial of summary determination motions on threshold issues — that the commission is likely to consider closing, says Christopher May of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Best Business Planning Practices For Lawyers

    Jenn Topper

    Each lawyer's practice is a self-run business, even within the platform of a firm, and yet the level of entrepreneurialism within the practice of law is oftentimes marginalized, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • Ukraine Crisis Raises Questions For Foreign Investors

    Lee Caplan

    Foreign investors face uncertainty about the extent to which their investments in Ukraine are protected under Ukraine’s investment treaties in the context of armed conflict and belligerent occupation, says Lee Caplan of Arent Fox LLP.