International Trade

  • October 22, 2021

    Honeywell Says It'll Pay At Least $160M To End Bribery Probes

    Honeywell International Inc. expects to pay at least $160 million to resolve investigations from U.S. and Brazilian authorities into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the multinational corporation said in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday.

  • October 22, 2021

    2nd Circ. Says No To Third Shot At Vitamin C Exporters

     The Second Circuit won't be giving two vitamin C importers a third shot at reviving the price-fixing claims they lodged against a pair of Chinese exporters, which the appellate court had already tossed twice.

  • October 22, 2021

    Countries Agree To End Export Financing For Coal

    Several of the world's richest countries have agreed to end export credits for the most polluting coal-fired power plants in an effort to combat climate change, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development announced Friday.

  • October 22, 2021

    Halkbank Not Immune From Sanctions Charge, 2nd Circ. Says

    Turkey's state-backed lender Halkbank is not immune from sanctions-evasion charges, the Second Circuit found Friday in a decision that paves the way for a highly anticipated trial over an alleged $20 billion money-laundering scheme implicating top Turkish officials.

  • October 22, 2021

    Commerce Looks To Narrow Coating Tech License Waivers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking to narrow a waiver that allows exporters to send sensitive technologies to U.S. allies without a license, proposing Friday to exclude coating technologies "with sensitive industrial applications" from the program.

  • October 22, 2021

    EU Court Tosses Russian Steelmaker's Anti-Dumping Move

    The European General Court has rejected an attempt by Russian metals producer Novolipetsk Steel to annul the imposition of European Union anti-dumping duties that it says discriminate against its imports of steel products which are already subject to tariff quotas.

  • October 21, 2021

    Ericsson Says DOJ Accusing It Of Breaching FCPA Deal

    Stockholm-based telecom giant Ericsson announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined that it breached obligations under a 2019 deferred prosecution agreement related to allegations that it conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • October 21, 2021

    5 Accused Of Laundering Funds From Venezuela Bribery Plot

    A grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday in federal court in Miami charging three Colombian citizens and two Venezuelans with using U.S. accounts to launder a portion of $1.6 billion they allegedly obtained from contracts with the Venezuelan government secured through bribes to provide food and medicine.

  • October 21, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Urged To Pause Philips' ITC Case In Licensing Fight

    Honda and other companies on Thursday urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a district court's refusal to pause Philips' efforts to get the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of Thales' wireless modules amid the companies' licensing dispute, saying that the pressure of a ban will force Thales to "acquiesce to whatever terms Philips demands" instead of fair terms.

  • October 21, 2021

    Dems Bring Human Rights Arms Trade Bill To The House

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced their version of a bill aimed at blocking oppressive regimes' access to U.S. weapons, following up on identical arms trade legislation brought before the U.S. Senate earlier this year.

  • October 21, 2021

    Forced Labor Concern Bars Some Tomato, Glove Imports

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday barred tomato imports from a Mexican farm over its allegedly abusive working conditions, one day after the agency unveiled an import ban on a Malaysian glove maker suspected of using forced labor.

  • October 21, 2021

    UK, France, Spain, Italy To Repeal Digital Services Tax

    The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Austria issued a joint statement Thursday saying they will repeal their digital services taxes following the conclusion of talks by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to reform the international tax system.

  • October 21, 2021

    Mayer Brown Picks Up 3 Finance Pros From Barclays, Rivals

    Mayer Brown has hired three finance and regulatory experts for its London and Tokyo teams from Barclays, DLA Piper and Haynes and Boone.

  • October 20, 2021

    Commerce Dept. Aims To Rein In Sale Of Hacking Tools

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced a rule that aims to stem the sale of hacking software to foreign nations such as Russia and China, citing concerns that such products could be used for surveillance or spy campaigns.

  • October 20, 2021

    Experts Say FCC Has Grounds To Limit Chinese Tech Sales

    Some international trade and cybersecurity experts are urging the Federal Communications Commission to embrace the full power of its equipment approval authority and block Chinese-made wireless products from being sold in the U.S., while Chinese companies counter that such a move is too drastic.

  • October 20, 2021

    Claims Still Ripe In Maraschino Cherries Fight, Court Says

    A New Jersey federal judge said an importer and a distributor of maraschino cherries can continue with their unfair competition suit against a pair of rivals because they'd adequately spelled out how they were harmed by the alleged knockoffs.

  • October 20, 2021

    US, EU Take Aim At Chinese Policies During WTO Review

    The U.S., European Union and other World Trade Organization members voiced serious concerns about a litany of Chinese trade practices at a review in Geneva on Wednesday, warning that Beijing's state-run economy is badly distorting global trade flows.

  • October 20, 2021

    House Approves FCC Security, Supply Chain Bills

    The full House passed four bills Wednesday afternoon that aim to promote supply chain and network security, including legislation that would order the Federal Communications Commission to stop approving consumer wireless products produced in China.

  • October 20, 2021

    Commerce Ordered To Explain Korean Steel Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce must explain why it determined that the Korean steel market was distorted during an annual review of oil-country tubular goods, after the U.S. Court of International Trade faulted the department for relying on outdated evidence.

  • October 20, 2021

    Importer Sues To Recoup Duties On Door Part Shipments

    A California importer filed three suits at the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday, looking to recoup 3.3% duties imposed on shipments of door parts after it was unable to reach an agreement with the federal government on claims the goods were misclassified.

  • October 20, 2021

    Turkish Rebar Exporter Sues To Undo Anti-Subsidy Duties

    A Turkish rebar company took the U.S. Department of Commerce to court, crying foul over its decision to include a scrap metal supplier's subsidy in the importer's final countervailable subsidies tariff.

  • October 19, 2021

    IV Hits GM, Toyota, Honda With Network Patent Suits In Texas

    Intellectual Ventures sued General Motors, Toyota and Honda in Texas federal court Tuesday, accusing them of selling cars with internet-equipped features that infringe a slew of the company's patents. 

  • October 19, 2021

    Officials Warn Of Ransomware Crew Targeting Agriculture

    A Russia-based ransomware group accused of attacking Colonial Pipeline Co. earlier this year may have rebranded itself as "BlackMatter," a cybercrime crew that has targeted agricultural organizations in recent months, U.S. officials have warned.

  • October 19, 2021

    FERC Nominee Touts Necessity Of Stricter Climate Reviews

    President Joe Biden's pick to fill a vacant slot at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that the agency can't downplay the climate change and environmental justice impacts of proposed gas infrastructure projects and expect its decisions to survive judicial review.

  • October 19, 2021

    Eversheds Sutherland Snags Chevron Atty As Energy Partner

    Eversheds Sutherland has snagged a former Chevron in-house attorney to join the firm as an energy partner in its London office, where he will help the firm face complex changes in the sector in the coming years.

Expert Analysis

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Preserving Disgorgement Tax Deductibility In SEC Settlements

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently added language to its enforcement orders that could affect a settling party's ability to deduct certain disgorgement payments, but proper planning can help them satisfy Internal Revenue Service prerequisites, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Shippers Face Risk Even From Voluntary GHG Reductions

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    As the global shipping industry prepares for mandates to cut maritime greenhouse gas emissions, some shippers are touting voluntary GHG reductions that exceed international requirements — but these efforts are not without potential legal and compliance risks, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Behind The Curtain At Commerce's Operating Committee

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    Mi-Yong Kim at Bass Berry, former chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Administration Operating Committee, demystifies the obscure administrative body's decisions, which can make or break international transactions, and explains how the committee is poised to play a greater role as export controls become more complex.

  • Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege In Human Rights Audits

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    As investors and customers increasingly demand corporate plans to address human rights concerns, multinational companies conducting audits and other due diligence should consider four practical steps to maximize the protections of attorney-client privilege while still fostering effective engagement with stakeholders, say Katherine Pappas and Virginia Newman at Miller & Chevalier.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • Adapting To New Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Rules

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    Recent changes to anti-dumping and countervailing duty rules comprise the most comprehensive overhaul of U.S. Department of Commerce regulations since 1997, broadly affecting importers as they relate to new shipper reviews, scope rulings, anti-circumvention proceedings, covered merchandise referrals and certifications, say Nithya Nagarajan and Jeffrey Neeley at Husch Blackwell.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • What 9th Circ. Privilege Test Means For Dual-Purpose Advice

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    While the Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in In re: Grand Jury confirms that courts should use the primary-purpose test to determine whether communications with both legal and business purposes are shielded by the attorney-client privilege, questions on the application of the test remain, says Scott Tenley at Michelman & Robinson.

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