International Trade

  • March 23, 2017

    India Floats Draft Text Of WTO Services Agreement

    India has circulated a new proposal outlining its vision for a World Trade Organization services agreement, which could loosen up cross-border rules for financial services, telecommunications and scores of other lucrative industries, the WTO said Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    CIT OKs Commerce's New Copper Tube Duty For Chinese Co.

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday signed off on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s new anti-dumping duty rate for a Chinese copper tube exporter, which both parties had asked the court to approve after Commerce was ordered to reconsider a previous rate.

  • March 22, 2017

    ZTE Cops To Sanctions Violation In $892M Iran Sales Penalty

    ZTE Corp. agreed to pay $430 million and pled guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in Texas federal court on Wednesday as part of an $892 million multiagency settlement agreement over claims it unlawfully shipped technology from the United States to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • March 22, 2017

    Lilly, Biz Groups Rip Tribunal's Decision On 'Promise Doctrine'

    U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly has decried a recent ruling dismissing its claims brought under the North American Free Trade Agreement over Canada's controversial "promise utility doctrine" requiring patent holders to show that an invention measures up to its promised result, comments that were echoed this week by two U.S. industry groups.

  • March 22, 2017

    USDA Beefs Up Brazilian Meat Inspections Amid Bribery Probe

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that it will put imports of Brazilian beef under increased scrutiny until the South American nation gets to the bottom of a still-developing investigation of a bribery scheme that allegedly led to the sale of expired meat.

  • March 22, 2017

    Arab Bank Seeks $2M From Shipper In Corn-Delivery Row

    The Swiss unit of Arab Bank filed suit in Connecticut federal court Wednesday demanding the “arrest and seizure” of a shipping vessel and $2 million in damages after a botched corn delivery, attempting to obtain “security” while the parties arbitrate in London.

  • March 22, 2017

    US Chamber Throws Weight Behind Trump's USTR Pick

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday pressed the Senate Finance Committee to move quickly with voting on President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. trade representative, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP trade attorney Robert Lighthizer, calling him a "staunch advocate" for American industry.

  • March 22, 2017

    VimpelCom Investors Say Foreign Bribery Suit Has Mettle

    VimpelCom Ltd. shareholders asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday not to dismiss their securities fraud case, saying their claims that the multinational mobile phone giant hid its multiyear bribery scheme in Uzbekistan to inflate the company stock price pass legal muster.

  • March 22, 2017

    Del Monte Seeks To Halt Pineapple Sales In Contract Dispute

    Food giant Del Monte asked a Florida federal court Tuesday to block a juice company buying pineapples from a former grower, one from which it won a $32 million arbitration award and injunction for breach of a contract prohibiting it from selling the particular strain.

  • March 22, 2017

    Importers Revive Push For Duty-Free Travel Goods

    A coalition of apparel and retail organizations has asked the Trump administration to expand tariff cuts on luggage, handbags and other travel items under the Generalized System of Preferences, arguing that the duty relief in place now is not enough to yield benefits for U.S. importers.

  • March 21, 2017

    Amid Uncertainty, Foreign Contracting Could Bring Profits

    The new administration’s proposed shift in spending priorities, coming amid an already uncertain federal contracting environment, may prompt contractors to look for public procurement opportunities outside the U.S., but experts say they should also be aware of the specific challenges that come with them.

  • March 21, 2017

    Trump Names New Chief Judge For Federal Claims Bench

    President Donald Trump has announced his pick for chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is Susan G. Braden, a former Baker & McKenzie LLP attorney with intellectual property expertise who has served on the court since 2003.

  • March 21, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: EU Gains Allies In China Market Spat

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, powerful members come to the European Union's defense in its market economy battle with China, while other disputes over renewable energy and transit measures move to a more contentious phase.

  • March 21, 2017

    Commerce Finalizes Duties On Chinese Water Treatment Chem

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday finalized tariffs to offset advantages to Chinese imports of a water treatment chemical that it determined has been sold in the U.S. market at unfairly low prices and has benefited from illegal government subsidies.

  • March 21, 2017

    Freshfields Snags CFIUS Expert From Homeland Security

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP nabbed a former member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its U.S. antitrust, competition and trade practice, further bolstering the firm’s ability to guide inbound deals through a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • March 21, 2017

    EU Trade Chief Pushes Back On Rising Protectionism Tide

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Tuesday made the case for a progressive trade policy based on transparency and global rules, citing what she called the threat of rising protectionism and indirectly calling out the economic nationalist platform of President Donald Trump’s administration.

  • March 21, 2017

    EU And Japan Say Trade Deal Is Close

    Japan and the European Union are closing in on a bilateral trade agreement and expect to have a deal nailed down by the end of the year, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday in a statement before a meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.

  • March 21, 2017

    Salt Sold To US Must Be Reassessed, Canada Tax Court Says

    A Canadian salt mine operator scored a win when the Tax Court of Canada ruled in a decision released Monday that the Canada Revenue Agency’s tax assessment regarding the sale of rock salt to a U.S. company was inconsistent with agreements the CRA had with the operator and the IRS.

  • March 21, 2017

    ITA Anti-Dumping Policy Head Joins Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is beefing up its Washington, D.C., international trade practice with the announced hire of a former U.S. Department of Commerce deputy assistant secretary for policy and negotiations responsible for coordinating anti-dumping and countervailing duty policy at the International Trade Administration.

  • March 20, 2017

    ITC Domestic Industry Ruling A Warning For NPE Licensees

    A recent U.S. International Trade Commission decision allowing a patent owner to rely on its licensee’s activities to satisfy the trade body's domestic industry requirement illustrates a way for nonpracticing entities to get in the ITC’s door that could be a costly headache for their unsuspecting licensees, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Implications Of Trump Budget Blueprint For US Stature Abroad

    Robert Kapla

    In addition to steep cuts to foreign aid and other forms of “soft power,” the Trump administration's budget blueprint proposes dramatic shifts to trade and investment priorities that — if enacted by Congress — could impact U.S. stature abroad and change the landscape for American businesses operating around the world, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • A Wake-Up Call For Those Claiming 'Made In USA' Products

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    The ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade in the Energizer Battery case has important implications for importers and manufacturers making "Made in USA" claims for products made of imported components, says Laura Rabinowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.