International Trade

  • August 22, 2017

    Iran Says It Can Resume Uranium Enrichment In Just 5 Days

    The chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s atomic energy organization said Tuesday the country could resume producing highly enriched uranium in less than a week if the 2015 international agreement limiting its nuclear program were to fall apart.

  • August 22, 2017

    Treasury, DOJ Rebuke North Korea-Affiliated Cos.

    The Department of the Treasury announced Tuesday that it would sanction Chinese and Russian companies supporting North Korean trade in a move condemned by Chinese officials, while the Department of Justice simultaneously accused two companies of laundering U.S. dollars to aid North Korea.

  • August 22, 2017

    ITC Says Eko Didn’t Violate Order Blocking Coffee Pod Imports

    The International Trade Commission has decided Eko Brands LLC did not violate orders barring it from importing or selling certain reusable single-serving coffee pods, although the commission opted not to follow a judge’s recommendation that the orders be rescinded.

  • August 22, 2017

    Kirkland Lures 5 White Collar Partners From Ropes & Gray

    The co-chairs of Ropes & Gray LLP's foreign anti-corruption and securities litigation practices — one of whom also managed the firm’s Chicago office — are among five partners decamping for Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the latter announced on Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2017

    Lawmakers Query 10 Agency Heads On Leave For Union Work

    Two high-ranking congressional oversight committee members said Tuesday they have asked the heads of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor and eight other agencies about their use of unpaid leave, following reports that the U.S. Postal Service let workers off for a pro-Hillary Clinton union campaign.

  • August 22, 2017

    ITC Judge Theodore Essex Has Retired, Agency Confirms

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge who oversaw a variety of technology and intellectual property-related investigations has left the enforcement agency after about a decade on its bench, the ITC said Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2017

    UK Court Clears Sale Of Citgo Parent's Oil In Transport Row

    A U.K. Commercial Court judge has ordered the sale of about 50,000 metric tons of crude oil owned by Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s Venezuelan state-run parent company after the oil giant allegedly failed to pay $7.7 million in shipping fees to a Russian tanker.

  • August 22, 2017

    US Advances WTO Case Against Chinese Ag Policies

    The Trump administration has yet to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization, but it has picked up the baton from its predecessors by looking to move a case over China’s agricultural import quotas to the panel stage, according to WTO documents circulated Monday.

  • August 22, 2017

    US, S. Korea Begin Kicking Tires On Trade Deal Retooling

    The top trade officials for the U.S. and South Korea concluded the first phase of their effort to explore possible changes to their bilateral trade agreement Tuesday, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer vowing to carry the process forward over the next several weeks.

  • August 21, 2017

    EU Makes Plea To Restore Order At WTO Appellate Body

    The European Union has come forward with a formal proposal to launch two parallel searches to fill a pair of looming vacancies on the World Trade Organization’s beleaguered Appellate Body, according to WTO documents circulated Monday.

  • August 21, 2017

    Why Midsize Firms Run The Gamut On Diversity

    Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.

  • August 21, 2017

    Law Firms Head Back To School For Diversity Guidance

    A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.

  • August 21, 2017

    GCs Find New Urgency In Longtime Push For Diversity

    In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.

  • August 21, 2017

    Ex-Och-Ziff Exec Wants Out Of African Bribery Scheme Suit

    Former executives of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC and an affiliate have urged a Brooklyn federal judge to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case claiming they orchestrated a massive bribery scheme that led to $413 million in fines, calling the action time-barred.

  • August 21, 2017

    CIT Largely Backs Duty On Chinese Solar Cells

    The Court of International Trade on Friday largely upheld the Department of Commerce’s determinations in the agency's second administrative review of countervailing duties on imported solar cells, despite challenges from both U.S. and Chinese companies that questioned the agency’s calculations.

  • August 21, 2017

    UK Floats Plan For Legal Continuity With EU After Brexit

    The U.K. government will announce proposals Tuesday to ensure that British and European courts will continue to mutually recognize and enforce domestic civil judgments after Britain leaves the European Union. 

  • August 21, 2017

    NAFTA Officials Chart Aggressive Negotiating Course

    The first round of negotiations to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up on Sunday with no bombshell announcements, but the officials leading the talks have laid out an aggressive schedule to accelerate the effort.

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

Expert Analysis

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Time To Lift The Ban On Foreign Control Of US Reactors

    John Matthews

    An outdated legal restriction prohibits foreign ownership or control of U.S. commercial nuclear reactor licenses. Foreign companies nonetheless invest in U.S. reactors, but must partner with U.S. firms, which distorts the marketplace. Properly vetted foreign companies owning U.S. reactor licenses would promote the country's economic interests without endangering security, says John Matthews of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Why ITC Is Increasingly Attractive For Patent Holders

    Ajay Mago

    U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past 15 years are limiting patent holders’ rights, and the recent TC Heartland and Lexmark decisions seem to hew to that direction. The legal community is learning that the U.S. International Trade Commission offers patent holders significant advantages compared to federal court, say Ajay Mago and Scott Anderson of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Future Of Business And Human Rights: More Regulation

    Christopher Walter

    Voluntary corporate human rights compliance, embedded within corporate social responsibility initiatives, has failed to maximize businesses’ potential to combat global human rights abuses. Increasingly, governments are pushing businesses to improve monitoring and combating of human rights abuses in their supply chains. In the meantime, businesses can be proactive, say Christopher Walter and Tom Plotkin of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Trump's Cuba Policy May Have A Chilling Effect On Travel

    Jose Aquino

    President Donald Trump's new Cuba policy, as announced, presents an impediment to the expansion of U.S.-Cuban business ties, and the uncertainty of what's to come will likely have a detrimental effect on new investment and future travel. However, Trump is also cognizant of the opportunities and mutual benefits of continued engagement, says Jose Aquino of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Internal Investigations: 10 Ways To Be A Cyber Sleuth

    Caroline Sweeney

    Given the overwhelming complexity of today’s data environments, investigators must take advantage of a variety of technology tools to apply both tried-and-true and new analytical techniques to internal investigations. Investigators must also develop the mindset of a relentless and detailed forensic detective, says Caroline Sweeney of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.