International Trade

  • June 27, 2017

    Trump, Modi Open To Pursuing New Trade Deals

    President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged to deepen their commercial engagement, leaving the door open for bilateral trade talks in the future.

  • June 26, 2017

    Bipartisan Group Urges Trump To Push India On Trade Reform

    A bipartisan quartet of leaders of key congressional committees urged President Donald Trump to press India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deconstruct various trade and investment barriers while enacting market-based reforms during Monday’s visit.

  • June 26, 2017

    Sham Transaction Stands Out As $1B Iran Asset Fight Closes

    A 1995 real estate partnership sleight-of-hand stood out Monday as an Iran-linked charity and prosecutors made final arguments to a Manhattan federal jury tasked with deciding if the charity must forfeit a billion-dollar real estate portfolio to the U.S. for violating Iran sanctions.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    7th Circ. Allows $6M Seized Plane Suit In Brazil To Go On

    A Brazilian man can’t end a suit in his native country over a $6 million loan in default just because 1st Source Bank is also suing him over the loan in Indiana federal court, the Seventh Circuit affirmed Monday, saying both suits can proceed simultaneously.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

  • June 26, 2017

    UN Bribery Trial Begins After Feds Reject 11th-Hour Deal

    Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Chinese businessman accused of bribing United Nations officials after prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge they had rejected his attorneys' proposed plea deal the week before.

  • June 26, 2017

    US Hits Canada With More Lumber Duties In Ongoing Fight

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday unveiled the latest round of tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber after preliminarily finding that the merchandise has been dumped on the U.S. market, in the latest twist of a long and winding trade dispute between the two economic powers.

  • June 26, 2017

    US Loses First Labor Trade Case As Guatemala Prevails

    After nine years, the U.S. has come up short in its bid to punish Guatemala for labor violations under the Central American Free Trade Agreement — the first labor case brought under a trade deal — according to an arbitration panel report publicly circulated Monday.

  • June 26, 2017

    Corker To Block Gulf Weapons Sales Over Qatar Dispute

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Monday he would block weapons sales to six Persian Gulf nations until his committee is given clear signs that an ongoing diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors is on its way toward being resolved.

  • June 26, 2017

    Commerce Probes Citric Acid Allegedly Routed From China

    The U.S. Department of Commerce will investigate whether Belgium, Colombia and Thailand are dumping product tied to China and depressing prices of citric acid and citrate salts, according to an announcement on Friday.

  • June 26, 2017

    Global Trade Barriers Rose 10% In 2016, EU Report Says

    Global trade barriers spiked by 10 percent last year, fueling fears of increased protectionism among the world’s most powerful economies, according to a European Union report issued Monday.

  • June 26, 2017

    High Court Wants SG's Take On Vitamin C Price-Fix Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on whether it should hear an appeal of a September Second Circuit decision that wiped out a $147 million judgment in an antitrust class action accusing two Chinese companies of fixing prices on vitamin C.

  • June 23, 2017

    ALJ Nixes Patents In ITC Probe Of Electronic Tolling IP

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge deemed invalid Thursday a pair of radio frequency identification, or RFID, patents used in electronic tolling of moving cars, finding the patents lacked a written description and were anticipated and obvious.

  • June 23, 2017

    US Olive Producers Demand Duties On Spanish Competitors

    A consortium of domestic olive producers launched a bid to slap tariffs on imports from Spain on Thursday, alleging the products have been sold at artificially low prices in the U.S. and granted unfair government subsidies to gain an upper hand in the market.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sen. Cornyn Readies Bill Broadening CFIUS' Reach

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Thursday he is putting the “final touches” on a bipartisan bill aimed at extending the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ reach to noncontrol and other currently uncovered transactions to stem Chinese investment in critical U.S. technology.

  • June 23, 2017

    Commerce To Probe Polyester Imports From 5 Asian Countries

    The Department of Commerce has announced that it will investigate whether producers of fine denier polyester staple fiber from a quintet of Asian countries, including China, dumped their material at unfair prices or received government subsidies.

  • June 23, 2017

    Mexico Hits Car Carriers With $32M Antitrust Fine

    Mexican antitrust authorities have sanctioned seven automobile shipping companies the equivalent of $32 million for alleged anti-competitive practices.

  • June 23, 2017

    US Slams Door On Brazilian Beef Imports

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put an immediate halt on imports of fresh beef from Brazil following an extensive review in the wake of a corruption scandal that raised questions about the South American country’s food safety protocols, the agency said late Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Inbound And Outbound US Tax Planning After The MLI

    Jeffrey Rubinger

    The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting was signed this month by 68 jursidictions. The United States has not signed on, but the convention may impact foreign investors in the U.S., and U.S.-based multinationals. Still, interesting planning opportunities remain, say Jeffrey Rubinger and Summer Ayers LePree of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Post-Election Britain: Soft, Softer Or Softest Brexit?

    Markus Gehring

    Following the results of the United Kingdom's general election earlier this month, a much softer form of Brexit is now more likely. However, a softer Brexit would likely mean giving up some of the freedoms that motivated the U.K. to leave the European Union in the first place, says Markus Gehring of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • DOJ Signals More Fairness In Multinational Investigations

    Brandon Fox

    The number of multinational criminal and regulatory investigations is increasing. The good news for companies that find themselves to be subjects of these investigations is that the U.S. Department of Justice now recognizes a need for global resolutions, says Brandon Fox, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Texas Steel Bill Raises Questions For Construction

    Brian Gaudet

    Texas Senate Bill 1289 requires the use of domestic iron and steel for public infrastructure projects in the state. But given the higher price of U.S.-sourced steel, the bill would increase project costs significantly, likely resulting in fewer capital improvements, and possibly impacting construction-related jobs, say Brian Gaudet and Traci Donatto of Coats Rose PC.