International Trade

  • September 2, 2014

    7th Circ. Nixes En Banc Bid In Motorola Price-Fix Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday denied Motorola Mobility LLC's request for an en banc review of whether a motion panel was within its bounds in blocking nearly $3.5 billion in antitrust claims over mobile devices containing allegedly price-fixed liquid crystal display panels bought by Motorola's foreign subsidiaries.

  • September 2, 2014

    Import Halt On Infringing China Herbicide Sought At ITC

    FMC Corp. on Friday urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to reverse an administrative law judge's decision and to temporarily halt sulfentrazone imports from two Chinese chemical companies, which allegedly produce the herbicide by a process that infringes FMC's patent.

  • September 2, 2014

    Squire Patton Slates Ex-Sens. To Lobby For Gazprombank

    Squire Patton Boggs lobbyists and former U.S. Senators John Breaux and Trent Lott will lobby on behalf of Gazprombank GPB, the financing arm for energy giant Gazprom and recent target of U.S. Treasury Department sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for allegedly stoking unrest in Ukraine.

  • September 2, 2014

    Gov't Fights Ex-Alstom Exec's Bid To Toss FCPA Charges

    U.S. prosecutors have asked a judge not to dismiss charges against a former executive of French power company Alstom Holdings SA over the company's alleged bribes to secure a $188 million contract in Indonesia, arguing in a recent court filing that the motion was premature.

  • September 2, 2014

    Commerce Sets Steep Duties On Dumped Chinese Steel Rods

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is poised to begin collecting initial tariffs of up to 110 percent on imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from China after determining that the products are being sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices.

  • September 2, 2014

    US Businesses Feel 'Targeted' By Chinese Regulators: Survey

    Companies pursuing business in China feel an inordinate amount of scrutiny from regulators there, according to a business group survey released Tuesday that prompted a Chinese official to defend the government's trade and investment regime, including its controversial anti-monopoly law.

  • September 2, 2014

    Commerce Keeps Countervailing Duties On Chinese Oil Pipes

    The U.S. Commerce Department has kept in place a series of countervailing duty orders on Chinese shipments of steel pipes used in oil wells after determining that producers there are still benefiting from unfair government subsidies, according to a Federal Register notice set for publication Wednesday.

  • August 29, 2014

    Goldman, JPMorgan, Others Dodge Aluminum Warehouse MDL

    A New York federal judge on Friday freed Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and others from multidistrict litigation alleging they conspired to manipulate the supply of aluminum to inflate its value, ruling that the plaintiffs lack antitrust standing and haven't sufficiently pled the existence of a conspiracy.

  • August 29, 2014

    Commerce Flags Thai Plastic Bags For Anti-Dumping Duties

    The Department of Commerce said Friday that it would order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess anti-dumping duties on plastic merchandise bags imported from Thailand, following a ruling earlier this year that the bags were being sold at below fair value in the U.S.

  • August 29, 2014

    EU Mulls More Russia Sanctions As IMF Lends Ukraine $1.4B

    European diplomats on Friday warned of increased sanctions against Russia as President Vladimir Putin continued his military incursion into eastern Ukraine, while the International Monetary Fund pledged $1.39 billion in bailout loans to prop up the Ukrainian economy.

  • August 29, 2014

    DC Circ. Denies FCA Appeal Over Chinese Tech Parts

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit accusing Govplace Inc. of improperly selling China-made technology products to the U.S. government, saying the company appropriately relied on its supplier’s certifications that the products met manufacturing requirements.

  • August 29, 2014

    GAO Dings Ex-Im Bank's Duel-Use Financing Oversight

    The Export-Import Bank of the United States must improve its policies for ensuring that the defense goods and services it helps to export are being used for civilian purposes, particularly when it does not receive adequate documentation, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

  • August 29, 2014

    US, Myanmar Broker $480M PE-Backed Solar Project

    New York-based private equity firm ACO Investment Group will partner with Myanmar to develop an approximately $480 million solar energy project in the Southeast Asian nation, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Thursday as part of the U.S.’ ongoing efforts to attract investment and trade with Myanmar.

  • August 29, 2014

    Reps. Push Budget Authority, Not User Fees, To Fund FSMA

    Lawmakers have asked the Office of Management and Budget to seek a higher budget authority in 2016 to fund the Food Safety Modernization Act, adding that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should drop its request for user-fee funding that has failed several times to win congressional approval. 

  • August 29, 2014

    US Government Extends Iran Nuclear Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday turned up the heat on the government of Iran, imposing sanctions on an additional group of companies and individuals for supporting the country’s nuclear program.

  • August 29, 2014

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Rare Earth, Energy Rows Cool Down

    In Law360's latest rundown of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, members adopt reports faulting China's rare earth elements export barriers, Canada takes steps to settle a dispute over its green energy subsidies, and Antigua seeks peace in a years-long online gambling fight.

  • August 29, 2014

    ICMA Revises Sovereign Bonds To Avoid Another Argentina

    The International Capital Market Association on Friday issued revised guidelines for sovereign debt securities in order to avoid a repeat of Argentina’s long-running fight with holdout creditors, which led to the country’s second default in 13 years.

  • August 28, 2014

    Trade Court Lets Commerce Revisit Mexican Wire Rod Ruling

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday sent a duty circumvention suit over Mexican steel wire rod back to the U.S. Department of Commerce for a second time, leaving a sliver of hope for producers looking to show that a Mexican company is exploiting a loophole in the duty order.

  • August 28, 2014

    EU Sets Rules For Investor-State Dispute Settlement

    The European Union on Thursday adopted a set of rules holding it financially responsible for disputes over trade agreements between it or its member states and the financial institutions of nations outside the bloc only when its institutions or laws are the cause.

  • August 28, 2014

    Commerce Formally Reopens Trade Panels To Lobbyists

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday officially amended its internal rules by inviting federally registered lobbyists to fill slots on 16 international trade advisory committees as it aims to settle a lawsuit filed by lobbyists that were barred from participation under the previous policy.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Reasons To Get Involved In ITC Injury Investigations

    Shara Aranoff

    What should a company do when its foreign source for a key product is named as respondent in an anti-dumping or countervailing duty investigation that could lead to additional tariffs? Often there are good reasons for purchasers to get directly involved, says Shara Aranoff, of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and former chairwoman at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • 5 Reasons Large Companies Are Turning To Boutique Firms

    David M. Levine

    The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.

  • High Court Should Review Scope Of Crime-Fraud Exception

    Matthew D. Lee

    Given the significant differences among the circuits in examining the crime-fraud exception, and the Third Circuit’s recent erosion of the attorney-client privilege, U.S. Supreme Court review is necessary to ensure the consistent treatment of litigants and to protect the privilege, say attorneys with Blank Rome LLP.

  • How To Protect In-House Legal Privilege Internationally

    Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch

    Many companies regularly communicate with in-house legal advisers all over the globe. Are these communications privileged? By answering five questions, companies and attorneys can perform a high-level, initial assessment of legal privilege protection in a multijurisdictional context, says Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • How To Make Inroads In The MENA E-Commerce Market

    Courtney M. Bowman

    Although news reports may suggest that the region is synonymous with upheaval and strife, the Middle East and North Africa are actually one of the brightest frontiers for e-commerce today, says Courtney Bowman of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Del.’s Adoption Of Garner — And Practical Ways To Respond

    Bruce A. Ericson

    A Delaware Supreme Court decision in a Wal-Mart shareholder suit connected to alleged bribery may breathe new life into the Garner doctrine and serves as a reminder of the fragility of the attorney-client privilege, say Bruce Ericson and Dorothy Kaslow of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Positive Trends in SoCal’s International Trade Growth

    Lindsey Martinez

    The Los Angeles area is poised to expand regional exporting efforts over the next few years. The region is uniquely positioned as the gateway to Asia, driving strong cultural, economic and business ties with Pacific Rim trading partners, says Lindsey Martinez of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Keep An Eye On The US-Guatemala Labor Dispute

    Joseph Laroski

    Companies doing business in Central America may want to pay attention to an approaching deadline in a labor law dispute between the United States and Guatemala over the country’s alleged failure to enforce its labor laws in the apparel, agricultural, and food processing industries, says Joseph Laroski, counsel with King & Spalding LLP and former associate general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • Russia's Commitment To Int'l Law Will Be Tested By Yukos

    Emmanuel Gaillard

    Whether the Russian Federation complies with the Permanent Court of Arbitration's final award — $50 billion — for its destruction of Yukos Oil Company will demonstrate the extent of the country's commitment to honoring international obligations and the rule of law, say Emmanuel Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • Recent FTAIA Cases Leave Important Questions Unresolved

    Jeffrey Jacobovitz

    In the last five months, three circuit courts have interpreted the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, with some staking out differing positions on important aspects — namely, the requirement that foreign anti-competitive conduct have a direct effect on U.S. commerce in order to fall outside the FTAIA's general exemption for foreign conduct, say Jeffrey Jacobovitz and David Hobson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.