International Trade

  • August 23, 2016

    ITC Judge Clears Fitbit Of Jawbone's Trade Secrets Claims

    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.

  • August 23, 2016

    3 Takeaways From CFIUS' OK Of ChemChina-Syngenta Deal

    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.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-Contractor Officials Get 13 To 18 Months For Gunrunning

    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.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-USTR Frets About Transparency In Duty Evasion Regs

    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.

  • August 23, 2016

    Venezuela Must Pay $1.2B To Canadian Miner, Tribunal Says

    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.

  • August 23, 2016

    Wyden Biding His Time On TPP Position

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    GOP Senator Calls For Iran Payment Hearing

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    Smartphone Makers Get Quick Alice Win In ITC Patent Case

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    US Customs Renews Ban On Ruby, Jadeite From Burma

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    WTO Gets China To Nix Duties On EU, Japanese Steel

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    Arms Export Scheme Gets Calif. Woman 50 Months In Prison

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    EU-Colombia Booze Battle Headed For WTO Panel

    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.

  • August 22, 2016

    Feds Escape Privacy Act Suit Linked To Liberia Sanctions

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Crowell & Moring Gov't Contracts Pro

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    Agencies Share New Rules On Anti-Dumping Investigations

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    Russia Loses WTO Fight Over EU Pork Products

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    South African Court Orders 30% Wheat Tariff Hike

    A South African court Thursday ordered the government to increase grain tariffs by 30 percent.

  • August 19, 2016

    Lobbyists Ask DC Circ. For Fees In Trade Panel Suit

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    Forex Dealer Dodges Investor Suit Over Swiss Franc Losses

    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.

  • August 19, 2016

    Exec Branch Concerned About FCC Telecom Review Clock

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Export Penalty Guidance: A View From The Inside

    Kim Carlson

    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.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    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.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    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.

  • Food Equity Act Would Add USDA To CFIUS

    Christopher R. Brewster

    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.

  • Risk Management Tips For Attys Serving As Local Counsel

    Patrick S. (Sean) Ginty

    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)

  • Beware The 'Standard' Mediation Confidentiality Agreement

    Jeff Kichaven

    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.

  • How Vietnamese Shrimp Decisions Will Affect Trade Disputes

    Oliver Massmann

    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.

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Law Libraries

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    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.

  • Law Students Should Explore BigLaw Pro Bono Options

    Michael Scudder

    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.

  • WTO Should Stop Undermining Legitimate Trade Remedy Laws

    Terence P. Stewart

    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.