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International Trade

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    China Takes Broad WTO Swipe At US Clean Energy Rules

    The Chinese government has filed a pair of World Trade Organization cases challenging U.S. safeguard tariffs on solar panels as well as a series of state-level renewable energy rules that allegedly discriminate against foreign companies, according to WTO documents published Thursday.

  • August 15, 2018

    State Dept. Must Do New Study For New Keystone XL Route

    A Montana federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of State to supplement an environmental review it submitted for an old version of the Keystone XL pipeline’s planned route through Nebraska, while declining to vacate the permit of approval issued by President Donald Trump.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of $2B Mexican Contract Case

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss a Mexican corporation’s multibillion dollar lawsuit against a Mexican government-owned salt mining company over an allegedly breached deal for a lucrative salt production byproduct, saying the U.S. court lacked jurisdiction.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive $600M Antitrust Row Against Mitsubishi

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed Wednesday a lower court decision tossing a $600 million antitrust suit against Mitsubishi Corp. related to its joint ownership of a Mexican government-owned salt company, agreeing that U.S. courts can’t interfere in matters involving government acts within that government's own borders.

  • August 15, 2018

    WTO Appellate Body Faults Indonesian Steel Duty

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Wednesday affirmed a panel’s decision that Indonesia flouted global trade rules with a duty on imports of certain flat-rolled iron or steel products, agreeing that the tariff wasn’t applied evenly.

  • August 15, 2018

    Suniva Can Move Forward With Creditor Equipment Eviction

    Bankrupt solar cell maker Suniva Inc. can begin eviction proceedings against its largest unsecured creditor after a Delaware judge denied the creditor's bid Wednesday for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed its production equipment to remain in the debtor's Georgia facility.

  • August 15, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Aircraft, Food Fights Trudge Along

    In Law360's look at Wednesday's special session of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body, the long-running aircraft fight between the U.S. and European Union prepares to enter a new phase and the U.S. gears up to retaliate against Indonesia in a fight over food barriers.

  • August 15, 2018

    CIT OKs Dumping Duty Calculation Used For Chinese Nails

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld the decision-making and methodology used by the U.S. Department of Commerce in determining that Stanley Black & Decker and a related entity should pay anti-dumping duties on nails originating from China.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses ITC Import Ban On Diebold ATMs

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday reversed a finding from the U.S. International Trade Commission that financial services company Diebold Nixdorf Inc.'s imported ATMs infringe a patent owned by a rival ATM manufacturer, nixing several of the patent's claims as too indefinite.

  • August 15, 2018

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Sven De Knop

    Sidley Austin’s Sven De Knop has handled complex cases before Europe’s highest court, successfully representing a variety of multinational clients in European trade proceedings, earning him a place as one of five international trade attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    CFIUS Reform Is No Death Knell For Chinese Buyers

    A newly signed law overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has sparked concern in China, but concerns that the country would face tougher reviews than it has in the past are likely unfounded.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Asks To DQ Atty In Sub-Tech Case Who Reps China’s Gov’t

    The U.S. Attorney's Office asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to disqualify an attorney for a man accused of illegally exporting submarine-detection equipment for a Chinese military institute, saying the lawyer’s simultaneous representation of the Chinese government creates a “serious potential conflict of interest.”

  • August 14, 2018

    Chiquita MDL Judge Narrows Claims Against Executives

    A Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded a right-wing Colombian terrorist organization trimmed claims Monday against several defendants in two cases but declined to fully dismiss either one.

  • August 14, 2018

    Commerce Readies More Steel Tariffs On India

    Indian exporters and producers have dumped stainless steel flanges in the United States at unfairly low prices and been the beneficiaries of countervailing subsidies for the products, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday as it set duties for the products.

  • August 14, 2018

    Chinese Billionaire Asks 2nd Circ. To Deep-Six Conviction

    Chinese real estate mogul Ng Lap Seng has asked the Second Circuit to void his conviction for bribing United Nations ambassadors to get support for a conference center project in Macau, saying the government misapplied U.S. law to cover an intergovernmental organization like the U.N.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Can't Ease Mexican Import Ban Protecting Porpoise: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to limit the scope of a recent ban on seafood imported from Mexico caught with an all-encompassing net that kills the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise, affirming the ban is “effective immediately.”

  • August 14, 2018

    Trump Tariffs Won't Alter Trade Deficit, NY Fed Paper Says

    A team of economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York wrote Monday that President Donald Trump’s series of sweeping import tariffs is unlikely to make a significant dent in the U.S. trade deficit, which has been a top priority for the White House.

  • August 14, 2018

    Trump's WTO Appeals Blockade Slowing Progress In Geneva

    The Trump administration's blocking of new appointments to the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has continued to create headaches in Geneva, as an appeals panel weighing a dispute between Japan and South Korea has postponed its decision indefinitely, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Distributors Expose Health, Life Sci Cos. To FCPA Risks

    Mimi Yang

    All companies operating abroad should be aware of potential liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, but health care and life sciences companies are at greater risk due to the nature of their products and their reliance on third-party distributors in international markets, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • How Taxpayers Are Taking To Tax Reform So Far

    Nickolas Gianou

    The effects of last year’s tax overhaul, the most significant since 1986, have not been as drastic as some expected. Still, taxpayers have begun to adjust and a number of significant trends are emerging, say Nickolas Gianou and Sally Thurston of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Blockchains: A Better Tool For Supply Chain Management

    James Ton-that

    Although commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology can also be implemented to modernize international supply chains, which currently suffer from voluminous documentary requirements, layers of middlemen and immense regulation, say James Ton-that and Ravi Soopramanien of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.