International Trade

  • October 18, 2019

    UK Requests New Brexit Extension To Secure Legislation

    Boris Johnson has asked the European Union to delay Brexit for another three months after Parliament on Saturday withheld approval for his revised EU Withdrawal Agreement to allow for more scrutiny and block the chance of a no-deal departure.

  • October 18, 2019

    US Wallops Chinese Mattresses With Record 1,700% Duty

    The U.S. Department of Commerce set a record-high duty of more than 1,700% on Chinese mattresses after finding that the imports were dumped in the U.S. at artificially low prices.

  • October 18, 2019

    Duane Morris Nabs FisherBroyles Int'l Trade Atty In DC

    Duane Morris LLP has added a FisherBroyles LLP attorney who has extensive experience advising companies on foreign mergers and acquisitions and how to protect their intellectual property rights abroad.

  • October 18, 2019

    US Cos. Barred From Leasing Planes To Cuban Airlines

    The Trump administration unveiled new sanctions against Cuba on Friday by effectively banning the lease of U.S. planes to Cuban state-owned airlines and further constraining the shipment of foreign goods to Cuba, marking the White House’s latest economic strike against Havana.

  • October 18, 2019

    US Readies Final Duties On German, Chinese Beer Kegs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday called for new duties on beer kegs imported from China and Germany after finding the imports were getting an unfair advantage in the U.S. market.

  • October 18, 2019

    White House Unfairly Denying Tariff-Exclusion Bids, Rep. Says

    An Indiana Republican suggested Friday the Trump administration is improperly denying importers' requests to be excluded from the national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, hinting that the White House is biased in favor of domestic producers.

  • October 18, 2019

    Huawei Says Gov't Has Limited Powers To Punish Cos.

    Huawei Technologies told a Texas federal court that the U.S. has wrongly argued that constitutional clauses limiting the government's power to punish individuals without a trial do not apply to corporations.

  • October 18, 2019

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Tessa Capeloto

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Tessa Capeloto has scored key victories for American manufacturers in trade investigations, while spearheading the firm’s efforts to challenge importers’ bids to dodge the Trump administration’s recent tariffs on steel and aluminum, earning her a spot among Law360’s international trade Rising Stars.

  • October 18, 2019

    UK Business, Finance Groups Want Speedy EU Trade Regime

    British industry groups called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to swiftly move ahead on talks for a free-trade agreement with the European Union if his new deal for leaving the bloc gets parliamentary approval.

  • October 18, 2019

    Trump Admin Sets Tariffs In Aircraft Row As EU Vows Reprisal

    The Trump administration on Friday formally imposed tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods stemming from a long-running fight over aircraft subsidies, prompting Brussels to threaten the U.S. with tariffs of its own in the coming months.

  • October 17, 2019

    Ex-Credit Suisse Exec Says He Cashed In On $2B Loan Fraud

    Jurors in the trial of Privinvest executive Jean Boustani, who’s accused of a $2 billion Mozambican government loan fraud scheme, on Thursday heard a former Credit Suisse managing director describe how he worked to pile more debt on state-backed companies, which fueled his stream of kickbacks.

  • October 17, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Backs Garage Door Maker's Win In Patent Case

    The maker of Ryobi garage doors scored a win Thursday when the Federal Circuit upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's decision that it did not infringe a patent owned by rival Chamberlain Group, the latest in a sprawling patent dispute between the companies.

  • October 17, 2019

    Nike Can't Add New TM Claims To 2011 Knockoff Shoe Suit

    Nike Inc. can’t amend a 2011 suit to accuse transportation intermediary City Ocean of infringing an additional 10 trademarks with counterfeit shoes it helped import, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge has ruled.

  • October 17, 2019

    Chiquita Urges Fla. Court Not To Rethink Terror-Funding MDL

    Chiquita urged a Florida federal court Thursday to reject a plaintiff's bid to revive his claims in multidistrict litigation that the fruit grower illegally funded Colombian paramilitary soldiers who allegedly carried out violent killings, saying his newly presented evidence doesn't qualify as new.

  • October 17, 2019

    Rising Star: Fish & Richardson's Ben Thompson

    Fish & Richardson PC’s Ben Thompson has successfully navigated complex U.S. International Trade Commission matters for clients such as German lens maker Carl Zeiss AG, earning him a spot among the international trade attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 17, 2019

    Brazil Fines Port Operator $1.7M For Additional Cargo Fees

    Brazil’s competition authority hit port operator Tecon Suape with a fine of 7.1 million Brazilian real ($1.7 million) Wednesday for charging an additional security fee to warehousing companies that use the port as a way to drive out competition.

  • October 17, 2019

    Rosen Law Gets $62.5M Award As Alibaba Deal Gets Final OK

    A New York federal judge granted final approval Wednesday to a $250 million settlement that resolves securities claims against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and provides class counsel, The Rosen Law Firm PA, with $62.5 million in fees.

  • October 17, 2019

    China Wants US Tariffs Gone Before Finalizing Trade Deal

    The Chinese government on Thursday signaled that it will not agree to a sweeping trade deal with the U.S. unless the Trump administration removes the punitive tariffs it has placed on roughly $370 billion worth of Chinese goods.

  • October 17, 2019

    EU, UK Agree On New Brexit Plan To Avert No-Deal Disruption

    European Union and British negotiators agreed Thursday to a revised road map for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the bloc, a key breakthrough that Prime Minister Boris Johnson now needs to get through his divided Parliament.

  • October 16, 2019

    Mexican Co. Doesn’t Own Citrus Oil It Delivered, Judge Says

    A Florida citrus supplier escaped an allegation that it didn’t have a right to sell citrus oil obtained under contracts worth $2.26 million with a Mexican company after a federal judge ruled the Mexican company had surrendered possession of the oil upon delivery.

  • October 16, 2019

    Boustani Accuses Feds Of 'Misdirection' As Trial Begins

    An attorney for Privinvest Group executive Jean Boustani on Wednesday told a New York jury his client was involved in payments to government officials in Mozambique, which prosecutors say were part of a $2 billion fraud scheme, but denied that he defrauded investors or laundered any funds.

  • October 16, 2019

    Energy Trade Groups Look To Enter Keystone XL Pipeline Suit

    A group of five natural gas entities looking to intervene in the dispute over the Keystone XL Pipeline urged a Montana federal court Tuesday to reject challenges to a particular permit for gas pipelines, arguing that if the permits are deemed unlawful it would cause costly delays that would harm utility providers and the public.

  • October 16, 2019

    Germany To Allow Huawei To Supply 5G Network Equipment

    Germany has declined to explicitly ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei or any other vendors from providing equipment for its next-generation 5G wireless network, bucking pressure from the U.S. to forgo such services due to national security concerns. 

  • October 16, 2019

    Trump Says Only US Should Tax Its Tech Giants, Not France

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday again criticized France’s digital services tax, saying that only the U.S. should be allowed to tax its tech companies.

  • October 16, 2019

    Rising Star: Barnes & Thornburg's Clinton Yu

    Clinton Yu of Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 2019 secured a win for the U.S. Curtain Wall Coalition by convincing the Federal Circuit that certain curtain wall products from China should by slapped with tariffs, earning him a spot among the international trade law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

Expert Analysis

  • OFAC Measures Soften US Sanctions Against Turkey

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    An Oct. 14 executive order provides broad authorities to issue harsh economic sanctions against Turkey, but their effect is largely mitigated by actions announced the same day by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, say attorneys at Davis Polk.

  • New Data Shows BigLaw's True Profitability

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    Based on an analysis adjusting BigLaw operating income and revenue to account for equity partners and taxes, the profitability of firms is lower than commonly thought, says Madhav Srinivasan at Hunton.

  • US-UK Agreement Expands DOJ Access To Tech Data

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    The new U.S.-U.K. CLOUD Act agreement — which allows each country to demand electronic data directly from tech companies located in the other country — highlights the U.S. Department of Justice’s larger efforts to streamline the process by which the government can obtain evidence located abroad, says Brendan Quigley of Baker Botts.

  • Challenging OFAC Sanctions And Civil Penalties In US Courts

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    Following the recent expansion of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions authority, it is important to remember that U.S. federal courts can be a post-administrative point of redress for setting aside OFAC determinations and civil penalties, say attorneys at Diaz Reus.

  • Opinion

    Courts Keep Rejecting Litigation Funding Discovery Campaign

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    As shown by recent case law, including a New Jersey federal court holding last month in Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, there is no "shifting tide" in favor of disclosing litigation funding arrangements, say Matthew Harrison and Stephanie Southwick of Bentham IMF.

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Chinese Acquisitions Even More Uncertain In New CFIUS Era

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    While hostility toward Chinese-led investment in U.S. companies is not new, the proposal expanding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' authority to scrutinize such deals casts further doubt over how many inbound Chinese investments in the U.S. will actually close, says Jing Zhao at Saul Ewing.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 3 Policy Developments To Watch As US-China Divide Grows

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    While trade negotiations between the U.S. and China resume Thursday, it is difficult to imagine a trade agreement in the near term that could blunt the momentum of larger strategic forces pushing the two countries apart, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Another Rollback In US-Cuba Financial Relations

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    The new amendments to Cuban sanctions, together with an August executive order blocking Venezuelan government property, illustrate the Trump administration’s approach of restricting these countries' general access to the U.S. financial system while carving out permissible transactions with the private sectors in those countries, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

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    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.