International Trade

  • April 27, 2017

    Giuliani, Mukasey Not On Legal Team, Turkey Banker Says

    Rudy Giuliani of Greenberg Traurig LLP and Michael Mukasey of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP aren’t representing a Turkish banking executive accused of cloaking millions of dollars in transactions for Iran, attorneys told a New York federal judge on Thursday to clarify the lawyers’ roles in the case.

  • April 27, 2017

    ITC Investigates LG Complaint Against Blu Products

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it would investigate a complaint by LG Electronics Inc. alleging that Florida-based Blu Products Inc. has imported smartphones that infringe five of its LTE standard patents.

  • April 27, 2017

    Dems Knock Piwowar Over Conflict Minerals Move

    A group of Democratic senators sent a letter Thursday knocking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Michael Piwowar for halting enforcement of the agency’s controversial conflict minerals rule, telling the acting chair he lacked authority to do so and has set a “dangerous precedent.”

  • April 27, 2017

    Austria Should Win EU Double Taxation Fight, Opinion Says

    Sitting as an arbitral tribunal under an agreement between Austria and Germany, the European Union’s top court was advised Thursday that only Austria should be allowed to tax the income from certificates that one of its banks received from a German bank.

  • April 27, 2017

    Duracell Sues Over Gray Market Chinese Batteries

    Duracell filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Thursday accusing a Missouri wholesaler of selling so-called gray market versions of the company’s famous copper-top alkaline batteries.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trudeau Urged To Ban US Coal Shipping Over Lumber Tariff

    British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on Wednesday asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban shipments of U.S. thermal coal from entering ports in her province in response to a tariff placed on softwood lumber by President Donald Trump earlier this week.

  • April 27, 2017

    Texas Sues FDA Over Ban On Import Of Execution Drug

    The state of Texas on Wednesday hit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a suit in federal court claiming that the agency overstepped its authority in blocking the import of a drug used to carry out lethal injection executions.

  • April 27, 2017

    EU High Court OKs Use Of Tax Probe Docs In Price-Fix Case

    The European Union’s highest court on Thursday dismissed an Italian banana importer’s appeal of a €6.7 million ($7.3 million) fine over allegations of participation in a price-fixing cartel, saying the European Commission could rely on documents transmitted from Italy’s finance police.

  • April 27, 2017

    South Korea Fines Novartis $48M Over Bribes To Doctors

    South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has fined Novartis 55 billion South Korean won ($48 million) and stopped reimbursements for the Alzheimer's drug Exelon and chemotherapy drug Zometa after six of the company’s executives were charged with bribing doctors to use their products, the drugmaker confirmed Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump's Trade Agenda: The First 100 Days

    Trade policy has been the subject of nearly unprecedented scrutiny with the election of President Donald Trump, who has spent his first 100 days upending decades of conventional political wisdom through muscular enforcement efforts and an overhaul of the U.S. negotiating agenda. Here, Law360 lays out the biggest international trade developments since Trump took office.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump Open To NAFTA Talks After Reported Withdrawal Threat

    President Donald Trump vowed to conduct a sincere renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement late Wednesday, capping off a tumultuous 12-hour period during which the White House was reportedly close to triggering a complete withdrawal from the trilateral accord.

  • April 27, 2017

    EU Says No Quick UK Trade Deal, Warns of Brexit 'Illusions'

    Britain’s financial services sector will not get any special treatment in the upcoming Brexit negotiations under guidelines agreed to Thursday by European Union ministers for talks with Britain on its withdrawal from the bloc, according to the Maltese minister who chaired the officials' meeting.

  • April 26, 2017

    Aluminum Probe Marks Trump Admin.'s 2nd Use Of Rare Law

    The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday launched a new investigation assessing national security threats from aluminum imports that could potentially lead to new tariffs, wielding an obscure trade law that allows for such probes for the second time in seven days.

  • April 26, 2017

    Canadian MP: Trump 'Shooting Himself In The Foot' On NAFTA

    As President Donald Trump continues to push for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he may be “shooting himself in the foot” with his recent tough talk on Canada’s dairy and lumber policies, Canadian Parliament member Gerry Ritz told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • April 26, 2017

    Counterfeit 5-Hour Energy Ringleader Sentenced To 7 Years

    A wholesale distribution company owner who pled guilty to orchestrating a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than half a million dollars in restitution to the drink’s maker, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco.

  • April 26, 2017

    ITC Pro Joins McGuireWoods IP Practice

    A former Steptoe & Johnson LLP intellectual property partner who has worked on over 50 U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection cases for clients such as Nintendo has joined McGuireWoods LLP.

  • April 26, 2017

    Bankrupt Solar Panel Co. Asks For Tariffs On Foreign Imports

    Hoping to shake up a “deteriorating” industry and outlast its own bankruptcy, U.S. solar panel manufacturer Suniva Inc. formally asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to impose tariffs on all foreign-made solar cells, saying cheap imports are driving down prices and hurting domestic companies.

  • April 26, 2017

    Russian Steel Co. Can't Challenge Zero Dumping Margin: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday nixed for lack of standing a Russian steel company’s challenge to the Department of Commerce’s determination that its steel products sold in the U.S. are supported by government subsidies, since no countervailing duty was imposed on the company.

  • April 26, 2017

    Billionaire Can't Dodge Indictment In UN Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge Wednesday declined to dismiss an indictment against Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng charging him with a plot to bribe United Nations officials to facilitate construction of a convention center in Macau, saying it is legally sufficient.

  • April 26, 2017

    FEC Urged To Investigate Citgo's Trump Inauguration Kick-In

    A democracy watchdog has asked the Federal Election Commission to immediately investigate President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee after it emerged that a U.S. subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-owned oil company chipped in $500,000 to the inauguration, saying the contribution violates a federal ban on foreign donations.

Expert Analysis

  • 100 Days Of FCPA Under Trump: 10 Takeaways

    Meghan Hansen

    Since the presidential election, there has been uncertainty about the future of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. The Trump administration's first 100 days have given some clues, say Meghan Hansen and Carolyn Wald of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The Trump Sanctions Policy At 3 Months

    Melissa Duffy

    Recent references by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to an ongoing review of whether to continue suspending U.S. sanctions on Iran — and a host of other foreign policy challenges — raise questions about whether changes in sanctions policy are on the horizon, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • 4 Takeaways From The 'Buy American' Executive Order

    Justin Ganderson

    Following Tuesday's executive order, government contractors should expect agencies to significantly increase their efforts to monitor contractor compliance with "Buy American" laws and to enforce contractor noncompliance — possibly through civil or criminal False Claims Act violations, contract terminations and suspension or debarment, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.