International Trade

  • February 22, 2017

    FTC Secures Deal To End Probe Over APEC Privacy Compliance

    A trio of U.S. companies have agreed to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's allegations that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s voluntary cross-border privacy rules system, which is designed to protect data that flows between the regions, the regulator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Commerce Sets Preliminary CVD Rate On Turkish Rebar

    The Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced a preliminary countervailing duty of 3.47 percent on rebar produced by a Turkish company after finding that Turkey’s government is unlawfully subsidizing production of the steel concrete reinforcing rod.

  • February 22, 2017

    IG Says DOD Euro Unit Not Fully Monitoring Defense Exports

    Failures in oversight by U.S. European Command over defense articles exported from the U.S. increase the risk that those items, such as night vision goggles and missiles, could be misused in their recipient countries, a Pentagon watchdog said in a report made public this week.

  • February 22, 2017

    Wal-Mart Investors Defend Mexico Bribes Suit

    Shareholders in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who sued corporate officers in Delaware for turning a blind eye to corruption in Mexico have argued that it would be a denial of due process to dismiss their case after a similar suit was tossed in Arkansas.

  • February 22, 2017

    Judge Chides Del Monte Bid To Seal Award Injunction Docs

    Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s request to seal certain documents in its effort to stop a juice company from buying pineapples from a grower that owes the produce giant an unconfirmed $32 million arbitral award comes “nowhere close” to passing muster, a Florida magistrate judge said Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Activist Groups Wants Compliance In $250M Mining Row

    A coalition of labor groups and other activist organizations on Tuesday pressed Canadian-Australian firm OceanaGold Corp. to recognize an arbitration tribunal's decision to nix a subsidiary's $250 million claim against El Salvador over a stymied gold mining project.

  • February 22, 2017

    White House May Introduce Tax Changes For 2018 Fiscal Year

    The White House gave its first concrete indication of the timeline and process for overhauling tax laws when press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that legislative changes could be forthcoming for the 2018 fiscal year.

  • February 22, 2017

    Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2017 International Trade editorial advisory board.

  • February 22, 2017

    Swiss Co. ABB Reveals $100M Fraud, Fingers Missing Exec

    Swiss engineering conglomerate ABB Ltd. on Wednesday said it has uncovered an embezzlement scheme at its South Korean unit involving a local executive who has since vanished, which could cost the company $100 million.

  • February 22, 2017

    ITC Flattens Union's Bid For Tariffs On Chinese Tires

    The United Steelworkers union’s pursuit of tariffs on truck and bus tires from China fizzled out Wednesday as the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the imported tires were not harming domestic producers and thus would not be subject to duties.

  • February 22, 2017

    Wiley Rein Picks Up Congressional Trade Adviser In DC

    Wiley Rein LLP announced Tuesday the hiring of a former trade counsel with the U.S. House of Representatives' Trade subcommittee and longtime executive branch veteran with decades of experience navigating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements as a partner in its international trade practice.

  • February 22, 2017

    WTO Enacts Sweeping Trade Facilitation Pact

    A World Trade Organization agreement aimed at streamlining global customs rules entered into force Wednesday, solidifying the first multilateral deal in the WTO’s history just over three years after it was concluded.

  • February 21, 2017

    UN Bribery Suspect Complains Of Slow Evidence Production

    The legal team for Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng complained Monday that federal prosecutors seeking to convict the real estate developer of trying to bribe United Nations officials have been slow to produce key evidence, keeping up a theme of putting pressure on the government ahead of trial.

  • February 21, 2017

    Dems Want Trump To Endorse Currency Manipulation Bill

    A trio of House Democrats have asked President Donald Trump to go beyond executive action and create tariffs against foreign currency manipulators.

  • February 21, 2017

    Commerce Accused Of Not Looking Into Furniture Duty Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has failed to investigate allegations that a Chinese furniture company had a scheme with U.S. importers to dodge paying anti-dumping duty cash deposits, according to a suit filed by a group of domestic manufacturers in the Court of International Trade on Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Russia Challenges WTO Panel's Vehicle Duties Ruling

    The Russian Federation on Monday appealed a World Trade Organization panel's recent decision that Russian anti-dumping duties reaching nearly 30 percent on light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy violated WTO rules.

  • February 21, 2017

    CEOs Mobilize To Back Border Adjustment Tax

    Chief executives from 16 companies wrote congressional leaders Tuesday in praise of a GOP proposal to dramatically change the U.S. corporate tax code, urging the lawmakers to act boldly in rewriting it.

  • February 21, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Green Energy, Transit Battles Stall

    In Law360’s latest look at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, cases against U.S. renewable energy subsidies and Russian restrictions on merchandise shipping both hit procedural snags, while Colombia and Panama continue their tussle over shoe, apparel and textile duties.

  • February 21, 2017

    Syngenta MDL Class Counsel Want Other Firms To Butt Out

    Class counsel for a nationwide group of corn producers, as well as groups from eight states, in multidistrict litigation over Syngenta’s allegedly false promotion of genetically modified corn accused several law firms of trying to steal their clients, asking a Kansas federal court Friday to direct the firms to stay away.

  • February 21, 2017

    EU Nearing Decision On Extending China Solar Panel Duties

    The European Commission is close to drawing its final conclusion regarding extended duties on Chinese solar panels, a commission representative told Law360 on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • 2-For-1 Executive Order Leaves OMB To Work Out Details

    Laurence Platt

    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order reducing regulations may seem appealing in its simplicity, the White House has provided agencies with little guidance on its implementation, instructing them to call the Office of Management and Budget with questions. Yet the OMB's ability to provide answers will be impaired by a lack of clear legal standards, say Laurence Platt and Joy Tsai of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Checking In On ITC Pilot Program For Redesigns

    Brian Busey

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued four decisions under its pilot program for expedited rulings on whether ITC exclusion and cease-and-desist orders cover redesigns or new products. The speed with which proceedings have progressed may encourage parties to make greater use of the program in the future, say Brian Busey and Aaron Rauh of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How The Obiang Case Exposes Limits Of Forfeiture Efforts

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    The case against Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang is severing diplomatic relations between France and Equatorial Guinea for no benefit to the Equatorial Guinea people. Along the way, France seems to be lecturing the rulers of a formal colonial country, while not cleaning its own house, says Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • Waive Goodbye: How Trump Might Attack The Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump attacked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But he suggested that rather than tearing the deal up, he would seek to improve it. One possible approach would be to engage in brinksmanship related to the statutory sanctions waivers President Obama issued in implementing the deal, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • When Personal Jurisdiction And Alter Ego Collide

    Beth Rose

    The increasing number of foreign entities with U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiaries virtually guarantees that issues of personal jurisdiction are not going away anytime soon. When a party seeks to support its jurisdictional argument against a foreign entity on grounds that the U.S. subsidiary is the alter ego of its parent, it presents a new wrinkle to an already complicated issue, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Preparing For DOJ's International Investigations

    Lara Kroop Delamarre

    It is not unreasonable to fear a possible investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice regardless of the nationality, location or business of a company or individual. The DOJ not only has the determination and resources to pursue white collar cases worldwide, but it has the benefit of increasing international cooperation, says Lara Kroop Delamarre of Cohen & Gresser LLP.