International Trade

  • January 24, 2017

    ITA Levies Hefty Dumping Duties On Chinese Fertilizer

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has slapped the People’s Republic of China with sizable anti-dumping duties after determining that China sold ammonium sulfate in the United States at less than fair value.

  • January 24, 2017

    ITC To Probe Nokia's Patent Suit Against Apple

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it is launching an investigation into Nokia's complaint against Apple accusing the tech giant of infringing 12 patents related to video coding and other technologies.

  • January 24, 2017

    Telecom, Bank Seek To Enforce $50M Judgments On Belize

    Two companies linked to British-Belizean billionaire Michael Ashcroft asked a D.C. federal judge Monday for permission to enforce $50 million in confirmed arbitral awards against the country, saying it has no excuses now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected its appeals.

  • January 24, 2017

    Commerce Adjusts Duties On Truck, Bus Tires From China

    The U.S. Department of Commerce Monday issued final anti-dumping and countervailing duties on truck and bus tires from China, trimming back some preliminary dumping rates imposed over the summer while increasing the subsidy-based duty.

  • January 24, 2017

    Brexit Ruling Opens Early Door For Market Access Demands

    The U.K. Supreme Court’s Tuesday ruling that the government cannot bypass Parliament when launching formal Brexit talks has opened the door for lawmakers to push for access to the European Union single market, financial attorneys say, adding yet another layer of uncertainty to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans.

  • January 24, 2017

    Trump's Election Puts TTIP 'In The Freezer': EU Trade Boss

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Tuesday said that the election of President Donald Trump has likely put the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks “firmly in the freezer” for now, and laid out her vision for new negotiating agenda.

  • January 24, 2017

    Trump's Commerce, DOT Picks Clear Senate Panel

    The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Tuesday approved a pair of Trump administration Cabinet selections, moving U.S. Department of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross and U.S. Department of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao to the upper chamber for a vote.

  • January 24, 2017

    Trump Takes Action On Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed presidential memoranda aimed at pushing forward the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, controversial projects whose progress was slowed by former President Barack Obama amid fierce resistance from tribes and environmental groups.

  • January 24, 2017

    UK Supreme Court Blocks Gov't On Brexit Trigger

    The U.K. Parliament ultimately holds the power to trigger the process to quit the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, in a decision which might see the government miss its self-imposed deadline to begin leaving the 28-nation bloc by the end of March.

  • January 23, 2017

    Bio-Rad CEO Tells Jury Ex-GC ‘Came Unglued’ After DOJ Fee

    The CEO of Bio-Rad Technologies defended himself and the life sciences company against claims its former general counsel was retaliated against for reporting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, saying he was really fired because he “came unglued,” yelled at co-workers and caused the company to miss federal filing deadlines.

  • January 23, 2017

    O'Melveny Adds ITC Patent Specialist From Kirkland

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP has added to its Washington, D.C., office an intellectual property litigator previously with Kirkland & Ellis LLP who specializes in U.S. International Trade Commission matters, the firm said Monday.

  • January 23, 2017

    For Trump, Exiting TPP Was The Easy Part

    By pulling the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Donald Trump was able to fulfill one of the core promises of his campaign, but he may be in for a rude awakening as he attempts to reshape American trade policy in his own image.

  • January 23, 2017

    Trump State Dept. Pick Tillerson Passes Senate Panel

    President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state has passed his first official test in the Senate despite questions over his ties to Russia, as the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve his nomination along party lines.

  • January 23, 2017

    Mexican Grower, Distributor Clash On $1M Produce Award

    A Mexican grower whose failed relationship with a U.S. produce marketer led to six years of litigation and arbitration has urged an Arizona federal judge to convert its award into a $1.2 million judgment against the marketer.

  • January 23, 2017

    WTO Loosens Drug Patent Rules For Poorer Nations

    The World Trade Organization Monday announced an amendment to the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights allowing underdeveloped countries to import generic drugs has won approval in the first amendment to a WTO agreement in its 27-year history.

  • January 23, 2017

    Trump, GOP Differences Could Impede Tax Reform Timeline

    The House Republicans have tax reform high on their agenda, but their desire to pass legislation before the end of the summer could be significantly impeded if President Donald Trump doesn’t agree with their approach for taxing imports and raising approximately $1.2 trillion.

  • January 23, 2017

    FCA Suit Alleging $1B In Masked Russian Tech Gets Ax

    A California federal judge recently sent former Safran employees back to the drawing board, finding too vague their False Claims Act allegations — that the French security contractor disguised over $1 billion in Russian fingerprinting technology — and their discussion of the corporate family tree.

  • January 23, 2017

    Trump Overhauls US Trade Policy With TPP Withdrawal

    President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday, undoing one of the Obama administration’s signature economic achievements with the stroke of his pen to usher in a new era of U.S. trade policy that will focus on enforcement and smaller accords.

  • January 23, 2017

    EU Warns UK Against Official Trade Talks Ahead Of Brexit

    The European Commission issued a fresh warning on Monday that the U.K. cannot enter into official trade negotiations with other countries before leaving the European Union, as Britain steps up discussions on new relations with major trading partners.

  • January 20, 2017

    Korean Ramen Buyers Win Class Cert. But Not Sanctions

    A California federal judge Thursday granted class certification to purchasers of Korean ramen noodles alleging a price-fixing conspiracy among noodle manufacturers and their U.S. affiliates, saying the buyers’ experts had adequately shown classwide antitrust impact from the alleged collusion, but declined to impose sanctions regarding evidence preservation.

Expert Analysis

  • FCPA Expectations Under President Trump

    Roderick L. Thomas

    We are on the lookout for three signs that the Trump administration will enact changes in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, say Roderick Thomas and Colin Cloherty of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • An Inconvenient Forum: Circuit Split Remains

    Igor Timofeyev

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline consideration of the question in Belize’s recent petitions leaves in place divergent applications of the forum non conveniens doctrine by U.S. federal courts in foreign arbitral award enforcement actions. For now, parties seeking to enforce foreign arbitral awards in the United States still have an important strategic decision to make, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • 2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

    R. Trent Taylor

    The food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S. courts and in the boardrooms of domestic and international food and beverage companies, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • 2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 1

    James F. Neale

    As 2017 marks the commencement of a new presidential administration, the food and beverage industry is one of many sectors facing anticipated regulatory and legislative reforms. Specifically, the industry can expect to see governmental attention on a number of fronts, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 2

    Randy E. Kahnke

    Our first article in this two-part series focused on the most significant event in trade secret law in many years — the passage of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. Now we leave the DTSA and highlight five other trade-secret trends that promise to shape future developments, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Implications Of Insureds' Illegal Conduct

    Deepa T. Sutherland

    Laws against bribery and corruption, like the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act, are growing increasingly tough, often applying in surprisingly broad circumstances. The laws' principles continue to be tested in court, but for now, insurers writing risks in foreign jurisdictions should adopt a proactive stance in vetting the practices of their local subsidiaries and insureds, say Deepa Sutherland and Hernán Cip... (continued)

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.