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  • April 23, 2014

    US Inks $750M Deal With Foreign Gov't For Raytheon Missiles

    A foreign government has signed an agreement with the U.S. for the sale of $750 million worth of Raytheon Co.-supplied tube-launched, optically tracked and wireless-guided missiles, Raytheon announced Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    As Obama Arrives In Japan, USTR Ramps Up TPP Pressure

    With President Barack Obama slated to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, the top U.S. trade official made one last bid for the Asian powerhouse to take an “elevated view” in order to settle issues impeding the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

  • April 23, 2014

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Naboth Van Den Broek

    WilmerHale's Naboth van den Broek has so many sky miles he should be given a pilot's license, but he'll have to settle for a Law360 Rising Star award, thanks to his repertoire of legal work that spans practice areas as often as it does continents.

  • April 22, 2014

    Nonprofits Urge DC Circ. To Uphold Tougher Meat Label Rules

    A group of nonprofits filed an amicus brief on Monday urging the D.C. Circuit to affirm the order of the district court denying American Meat Institute’s motion for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of tougher country-of-origin labeling rules aimed at settling a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico.

  • April 22, 2014

    The Accidental Advocate: Judge John E. Jones III

    Pennsylvania Middle District Judge John E. Jones III talks to Law360 about the surreal aftermath of his divisive ruling against intelligent design as he prepares for yet another potentially explosive trial over Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

  • April 22, 2014

    Ex-New Zealand Ambassador Sets Up Shop At Arnold & Porter

    Adding to its international arbitration ranks in Los Angeles, Arnold & Porter LLP has hired a former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, who has broad experience in cross-border commercial disputes, particularly in intellectual property-focused industries, the firm said on Monday.

  • April 22, 2014

    Trade Issues Between US, Japan Persist As Obama Trip Nears

    Ahead of a meeting Thursday between President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, considerable gaps remain in the American and Japanese positions on trade issues that, if resolved, could pave the way for a broad trade pact among Pacific Rim nations.

  • April 22, 2014

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Eric Solovy

    Sidley Austin LLP’s Eric Solovy is currently representing Airbus SAS in one of the largest World Trade Organization disputes ever while simultaneously handling legal matters for small enterprises in Africa on a pro bono basis, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of top five international trade attorneys under 40.

  • April 22, 2014

    State Dept. Greenlights $680M Black Hawk Sale To Mexico

    The U.S. Department of State has approved the possible sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, other equipment and logistical support worth $680 million to the government of Mexico to combat drug trafficking, a U.S. Department of Defense agency said Monday.

  • April 22, 2014

    Commerce's Chinese Garlic Duty Review Challenged In CIT

    A Chinese garlic exporter on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Commerce, challenging in the U.S. Court of International Trade the agency's decision not to consider the company's application for a separate, individual rate under an anti-dumping duty order.

  • April 21, 2014

    Rising Star: Fish & Richardson's Christian Chu

    Fish & Richardson PC attorney Christian Chu in the last year has helped LG Electronics Inc. defeat a pair of patent lawsuits in high-stakes U.S. International Trade Commission litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top international trade lawyers under 40.

  • April 21, 2014

    OtterBox Pays $4.3M To Settle Customs Whistleblower Suit

    Protective electronics case maker Otter Products LLC has paid $4.3 million to settle a former employee's allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Tariff Act of 1930 by knowingly underpaying customs duties owed to the government, according to documents filed in Colorado federal court on Monday.

  • April 21, 2014

    Turkish, Mexican Rebar Sold At Unfair Prices In US: Commerce

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Monday that rebar from Mexico and Turkey has been sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, a preliminary finding in an anti-dumping duty investigation launched after a coalition of American steel companies petitioned the agency.

  • April 21, 2014

    Defense Cos. Face Hazards In New Push For Foreign Sales

    While many U.S. defense companies are hoping that foreign military sales can help them weather a prolonged slump in military sales at home, cross-border sales hold several risks for the unwary, including heavy fines and criminal penalties for violating export controls and anti-bribery laws.

  • April 21, 2014

    Justices Lean Toward Limited Discovery In Argentina Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of Argentina's arguments that hedge funds should be barred from gathering information on its assets outside the U.S. in their decadelong bond battle, but the justices also sought a balance that would allow Argentina to protect some key information.

  • April 21, 2014

    $950M Solar Conspiracy Suit 'Implausible,' Chinese Cos. Say

    A trio of Chinese solar panel companies targeted in Energy Conversion Devices Inc.'s $950 million antitrust suit over their alleged conspiracy to dump inferior solar panels in the U.S. contended Friday that ECD didn't allege a plausible conspiracy or plead an injury resulting from the purported scheme.

  • April 21, 2014

    US, Japan Must Close TPP Gaps, Biz Groups Say

    American and Japanese business groups on Monday urged the U.S. and Japan to resolve contentious issues in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, days after top trade officials cited continuing gaps in the two countries' positions on automotive and agricultural trade concerns.

  • April 18, 2014

    Proview Can't Bring Federal Antitrust Claims In LCD Case

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed Proview Technology Inc.’s federal claim against Chi Mei Corp. in multidistrict litigation alleging that Chi Mei and others sold price-fixed liquid crystal display panels, ruling that PTI was an indirect purchaser that does not have standing to sue.

  • April 18, 2014

    4th Circ. Chills Challenges To Sham CPSC Database Reports

    Under a recent Fourth Circuit ruling, manufacturers looking to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission from falsely disparaging their products on the database must launch a public broadside against the agency, and attorneys say most will decide that the payoff isn’t worth the publicity.

  • April 18, 2014

    DirecTV Hit With Patent Suit Over Set-Top Boxes

    ViXS Systems Inc. is accusing several technology companies, including Entropic Communications Inc. and DirecTV LLC, of importing set-top boxes and other products that infringe four of its patents, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • Don't Forget Export Rules When Hiring Foreign Nationals

    James Losey

    The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security's recent $115,000 settlement with Intevac Inc. for violations of the Export Administration Regulations, including allowing certain non-U.S. national employees access to controlled technology, emphasizes the need to assess potential export control requirements when applying for a work visa on behalf of a foreign national employee, say James Losey and Sarah Flannery of Thompson & Hine LLP.

  • ITC On Digital Imports: Takeaways For Software, Media Cos.

    Aarti Shah

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models confirms that the ITC can provide a powerful remedy for software, publishing and media companies whose intellectual property rights have been violated. However, those wishing to take advantage of this decision should craft their discovery requests carefully, and consider the timing of when they file complaints, says Aarti Shah, a partner with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and former senior investigative attorney at the ITC.

  • Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

     Amanda D. Smith

    The State Bar of California has decided to follow New York's lead and require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. While we applaud the intentions behind these initiatives, there are a number of reasons why state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys as some have suggested, say attorneys with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • 4th Circ. CPSC Ruling Won't Stop Fight For Accurate Reports

    Kerrie Campbell

    The Fourth Circuit’s unsurprising opinion that the district court records in Company Doe v. Tenenbaum be unsealed does not in any way diminish the district court’s groundbreaking order permanently barring the Consumer Product Safety Commission from posting an inaccurate, inflammatory report on its website, and should not deter companies from exercising their right to insist that information published about them be truthful and accurate, says Kerrie Campbell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

  • Cross-Border Complexities: Keep The C-Suite Out Of Prison

    Shari L. Pire

    The potential for significant gains makes high-growth markets, such as Russia, Brazil and India, particularly enticing. But at what cost? Business practices that are both acceptable and customary in other countries may violate U.S. and other anti-bribery and corruption laws. However, there are ways to insulate the corporation from liability, says Shari Pire of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Conflict Minerals Law — Will The SEC Take It To The Banc?

    J. Robert Brown Jr.

    Given that the D.C. Circuit struck down a small aspect of the conflict minerals rule on First Amendment grounds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will have to decide its next step. To the extent that the agency opts to seek en banc review, it will presumably need to give some thought to the possible change in the pool of judges that could result from the suggested consolidation with another case, and the impact of this change on the outcome of a critical issue, says J. Robert Brown Jr. of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • No More Export Licenses For Russia: Tips For Exporters

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    Most media coverage about the Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia has focused on the decision to blacklist prominent Russian officials, but the more pressing issue for many U.S. exporters is the significant move by the U.S. government to stop issuing export licenses for dual-use and defense items to Russia, says Alexandra Lopez-Casero of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • How To Manage Compliance Risks In Reshoring Manufacturing

    Gregory Husisian

    By some measures, more than a third of U.S. businesses are planning to reshore manufacturing in the United States. Despite receiving presidential endorsements, however, these efforts to bolster U.S. manufacturing are creating unexpected regulatory issues for U.S. manufacturers. Export controls are chief among them, says Gregory Husisian of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.