International Trade

  • July 27, 2017

    New Russia Sanctions Bill Headed To Trump After Senate Vote

    President Donald Trump now faces a dilemma: Should he sign a bill that would add new sanctions to Russia, North Korea and Iran, or veto a measure that passed with near-unanimous support in the Senate Thursday after passing with similar support in the House Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2017

    Investors Say $100M Claim Against Mexico Should Proceed

    U.S. investors who've asserted a $100 million claim against Mexico over the alleged destruction of their gambling business urged an international tribunal not to scrap the suit, arguing that Mexico's jurisdictional objections are based on an incorrect reading of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • July 27, 2017

    CSE Global Unit To Pay $12M To Settle Iran Sanction Claims

    A CSE Global Ltd. unit will pay $12 million to settle claims that it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran by moving $11.1 million connected to Iranian energy projects through the U.S. in 104 transfers over a 10-month period, the Department of the Treasury said Thursday.

  • July 27, 2017

    Chinese Real Estate Magnate Guilty Of Bribing UN Officials

    A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday convicted Chinese real estate moneyman Ng Lap Seng of bribing two former United Nations diplomats, finding he engaged in a massive illegal effort to grease the wheels for a luxe expo center in Macau.

  • July 27, 2017

    IBM Cleared Of Foreign Bribery After Multi-Country Probe

    U.S. authorities have decided to take no action against IBM after a four-year probe into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance on three continents, according to a recent regulatory filing.

  • July 27, 2017

    Senators Squawk For Action On China's Chicken Ban

    A bipartisan coalition of 37 senators leaned on the Trump administration to knock down China’s bird flu-driven ban on U.S. chicken Wednesday as the White House continues its effort for incremental trade progress with Beijing.

  • July 27, 2017

    EU Makes Belgium, France Send Port Tax Breaks Out To Sea

    Port operators in Belgium and France will no longer be exempt from paying corporate taxes after the European Commission directed the countries to bring their tax laws into accord with the European Union’s state aid rules, the commission said Thursday.

  • July 27, 2017

    House GOP Border Adjusted Tax Plan Officially Dead

    House Republicans have given up on their controversial border adjusted tax plan, which was heavily criticized for potentially raising consumer prices on imported goods and violating international trade rules, according to a joint statement on Thursday from White House officials and congressional leaders.

  • July 27, 2017

    Food Co. Faces First Suit Over Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

    A New Jersey man hit Grande Produce Ltd. with a product liability lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the company’s Mexican-grown papayas put him in the hospital with salmonella poisoning, the first federal lawsuit filed after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers about the fruit Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2017

    Romania Looks To Close $4B Weapons Deal With US

    Romania’s defense minister said Wednesday the country plans to buy $3.9 billion worth of Patriot missiles from the United States, according to media reports.

  • July 27, 2017

    GOP Rookies Line Up For Modest NAFTA Approach

    All 32 Republican freshmen in the U.S. House of Representatives threw their support behind the administration’s upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and said that the deal would do best with some modest tweaks, as opposed to a teardown.

  • July 26, 2017

    Qualcomm Fires Back In Quest For IPhone Block In IP War

    Qualcomm struck back in the International Trade Commission on Monday against Apple, Intel and others opposing its effort to block imports of iPhones that allegedly infringe Qualcomm patents, arguing the companies mounted a “coordinated effort” to blow legitimate infringement claims out of proportion.

  • July 26, 2017

    UN Bribery Trial In 'Uncharted Territory' After Juror Swap

    The fate of Ng Lap Seng, the Chinese real estate moneyman accused of bribing United Nations diplomats, went to a Manhattan jury Wednesday after an unusual juror-for-alternate swap that U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick called a first in his book.

  • July 26, 2017

    DOJ Closes Probe Into FCPA Concerns At Gold Mining Co.

    The U.S. Department of Justice has closed a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into major gold mining company Newmont Mining Corp. after it shared findings from an internal investigation, the company said in a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • July 26, 2017

    No Timetable For Steel Tariffs After Trump's Soft Pedal

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday declined to offer a revised date for its decision on whether to impose new national security-based trade restrictions on steel imports a day after President Donald Trump signaled that the pace of the investigation would slow down.

  • July 26, 2017

    Global Eagle Ends $416M HNA Deal Amid CFIUS Hurdles

    Satellite-based connectivity and media company Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. disclosed Tuesday that its anticipated $416 million investment from an affiliate of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group will no longer move forward, after the deal failed to secure approval from U.S. regulators.

  • July 26, 2017

    Calif. Man Allegedly Smuggled Cobras In Potato Chip Cans

    A California man has been charged in connection with illegal smuggling into the United States of live king cobras that were found hidden inside potato chip cans, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    US To Sanction 13 Venezuelans With Ties To Maduro Gov't

    The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will freeze assets for 13 current or former Venezuelan government officials, but stopped short of immediately implementing broader sanctions against the South American oil producer.

  • July 26, 2017

    Democratic Lawmakers Urge Withdrawal Of Ex-Im Nom

    Three Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of Scott Garrett to head the U.S. Export-Import Bank, saying that the nomination of the former Republican congressman from New Jersey, who was a vocal critic of the agency while in office, “makes no sense.”

  • July 26, 2017

    Senate Panel Quizzes Commerce GC Pick On Science, Climate

    Verizon’s former top congressional advocate fielded questions about climate change, sound science and government management from a Senate panel Wednesday as he seeks a Commerce Department post as the agency’s general counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Made In America, But Not 'Made In The USA'?

    Yohai Baisburd

    It would not be fake news to report that the federal government and purchasers in other countries can "Buy American" even if the product cannot be labeled as "Made in the USA" for purposes of sale in the United States, says Yohai Baisburd of Dentons.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    The benefits of appointing a chief privacy officer at your law firm are twofold — not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but you are also demonstrating to clients how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • A Fed. Circ. Failure And The Constitutionality Of IPR

    Joseph Kovarik

    The constitutionality of inter partes review and patent proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission now hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court. The grant of certiorari in Oil States makes the Federal Circuit’s seeming inattention to Cascades Projection v. Epson even more curious, say Joseph Kovarik and Tyler Boschert of Sheridan Ross PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Insurance Can Protect Businesses From Geopolitical Risks

    Rukesh Korde

    Political and nonpayment risks have the potential to wreak havoc on international trade and investment, but if carefully navigated, they can lead to major investment opportunities. Political risk and export policies remove some of the guesswork, enabling companies to focus on their businesses with increased confidence, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.