From protests sparked in part by Ukraine's decision to put off a trade pact with Europe to threats of U.S. sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian officials contributing to the unrest, trade-related issues have been closely connected to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed former Seattle police chief and Obama drug czar Gil Kerlikowske as the first permanent commissioner since 2011 of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency grappling with several issues.
Negotiators from the European Union and the U.S. will convene next week for the fourth round of talks to secure an ambitious trade and investment agreement, focusing their attention the deal's agricultural and public procurement chapters, among others, the European Commission said Thursday.
Ubiquiti Networks Inc. has agreed to settle claims it sold broadband wireless products that eventually ended up in Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday.
A male in-house counsel once told me I had not been "nice" to him when I approached him about a business opportunity and would therefore not get the business. To add insult to injury, one of my male partners told me I should be flattered by the interest paid to me by the in-house counsel, says Paulette Brown, chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Several people have told me that they had a lot of trepidation when they found out they would be working for a woman. To be effective, you need to be able to eliminate or address the conscious or unconscious bias colleagues may have about having a female boss, says Nancy Mitchell, chairwoman of Greenberg Traurig LLP's New York business reorganization and financial restructuring practice.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Tuesday to approve a mandatory safety standard for infant and child carriages and strollers that aims to prevent the hinge-related issues that have caused finger amputations and other injuries.
Lawyers can expect 2014 to be a strong year for the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practice Act enforcement program as it works more closely with foreign jurisdictions and speeds up investigations, the enforcement unit's chief said Thursday at a white collar conference in Miami.
Specialized manufacturing company Esterline Technologies Corp. has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve claims it exported controlled defense items without permission and engaged in other violations of U.S. export control rules, the U.S. Department of State said Thursday.
Chinese producers of electrical steel used in power transformers have benefited from unfair government subsidies, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday, announcing the initial results of a countervailing duty investigation.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and its impact on the global gas market have amplified congressional debate over U.S. liquified natural gas exports, with a senator and his expected re-election challenger proposing bills to expand LNG exports and another lawmaker floating legislation to prevent such an expansion.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday affirmed a judge's initial determination that certain Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 3G and 4G wireless products do not infringe two InterDigital Inc. wireless technology patents.
President Barack Obama on Thursday stepped up the U.S.' response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region, authorizing travel restrictions on officials and others deemed responsible for threatening Ukraine's sovereignty, and laying the groundwork for potential further sanctions.
Young attorneys often make a key mistake — they fail to make themselves truly indispensable to a supervisor or to a client. They forsake forging deep bonds with a handful of select folks who will ultimately help to advance their careers, for the sake of doing bits and pieces on a variety of different matters, says Jill Nicholson, chairwoman of Foley & Lardner LLP's bankruptcy and business reorganizations practice.
The lawyer on the other side assumed I was the junior and initially deferred to my colleague, a junior male lawyer. I have to admit I did have a little bit of fun with it, playing to his view — the tea, coffee scenario. Of course, when he realized his error, it affected his contribution to the meeting, which was a positive, says Caroline Noblet, co-head of Squire Sanders LLP's labor and employment practice group.
As the U.S. considers potential sanctions in response to a Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, trade attorneys say, in the meantime, companies can take a look at their business dealings for potential ties to certain Russians.
By deferring to Washington-based arbitrators who handled BG Group PLC and Argentina's dispute over a $181 billion arbitration award, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday eased concerns that U.S. courts would have free rein to second-guess procedural decisions made by U.S.-based arbitration panels in bilateral investment treaty disputes.
A proposed tax change floated by President Barack Obama that would expand the government's ability to tax digital products finds some common ground with Republicans, but experts said Wednesday that it may not achieve the administration's ultimate goal: preventing U.S.-based multinationals from shifting profits overseas.
The U.S. International Trade Commission decided Tuesday that certain products by Funai Electric Co. Ltd. and others didn't infringe an LSI Corp. and Agere Systems Inc. patent for Internet-connected home entertainment products, after reviewing an investigation into the dispute.
When my 7-year-old boys looked through the photos in a book on the 80-year history of my firm, one asked, “Why were all of the founders men?” I love that they noticed the lack of founding mothers, that it seemed weird to them and that I got the chance to tell them how some things have shifted, says Anna Shimko, chairwoman of Sedgwick LLP's real estate and land use practice group and vice chairwoman of the firm's commercial division.
The changing patent enforcement landscape makes obtaining a patent with a high enforcement value more difficult. Some recent U.S. International Trade Commission decisions exemplify how changes in the enforceability of certain types of claims can change prosecution claim strategy, say Jameson Ma and Amanda Dittmar of Bookoff McAndrews PLLC.
Cloud users must know how to use the cloud responsibly to prevent later difficulties with document production. When negotiating a cloud service agreement, users should look for certain services that will prove useful when responding to discovery requests, such as comprehensive search options, instant suspension of the auto-delete function, and preservation of metadata and embedded data, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
The recent bribery case involving Kurt Hammarskjold, a former PetroTiger Ltd. CEO, underscores the U.S. Department of Justice’s continued commitment to prosecuting individuals for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-related offenses. In fact, 2013 saw the highest number of individual enforcement actions since 2010, and the Hammarskjold prosecution and other recent actions indicate that the DOJ will continue this upward trend, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.
While a new European Commission proposal seeks to resolve problems with the current EU novel food rules, certain aspects of it would benefit from further clarification — such as the definition of novel foods, the assessment methodology for the history of safe food use and the potential obligation to monitor marketed novel foods, say Emmanuel Saurat and Audrey Chenessau of Sidley Austin LLP.
While there was only one U.S. Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion procedure release in 2013, last year's enforcement actions, and remarks made by DOJ and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials, provided a fair amount of guidance on various compliance topics — including travel and entertainment, gifts, charitable donations, third-party due diligence, self-reporting, cooperation and remediation, and commercial bribery, say attorneys with Shearman & Sterling LLP.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control's recent note that it was listing 11 named parties as “foreign sanctions evaders" reflects new focus by OFAC on its authority to sanction individuals and entities determined by the U.S. government to have violated, attempted to violate, conspired to violate or caused to violate U.S. sanctions against Syria or Iran, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Ideally, implementing the type of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act review suggested by U.S. regulators in cross-border mergers and acquisitions will uncover any evidence of corruption before a deal is inked. But even if it does not, the exercise can provide a range of significant benefits, not the least of which is identifying “red flags” that can be addressed in deal documents and incorporated into the buyer’s integration plans, say attorneys with Dentons.
In stark contrast to the changing environment for the majority of lawyers today, the evolution for the general counsel is driven less by necessity than by opportunity. Today’s GC may touch every aspect of his or her organization to solve challenges and propel the company forward, keeping the GC far ahead of what is expected of the average lawyer, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
With the recent decision in U.S. v. Bishop, the Fourth Circuit joined seven sister circuits in holding that proof of general knowledge of the illegality of the conduct is sufficient to convict a person of a willful violation of U.S. export laws. The zeal with which the government has methodically marched through the federal courts to establish a lower standard of intent underscores its intent to vigorously pursue criminal cases against individuals and companies, say attorneys with Arent Fox LLP.
Commercial courtrooms in London are bustling with foreign litigants. England has many of the advantages of the U.S. system — like robust interim orders — without some of the U.S.’s distinct procedural disadvantages. And in addition to simplified discovery, litigating in England allows U.S. litigants to avoid punitive cost rules and the sometimes arbitrary verdicts of juries, say Ben Holland and Arielle Goodley of Covington & Burling LLP.