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International Trade

  • December 7, 2018

    Attys Get $503M In Fees For Syngenta GMO Corn Settlement

    A Kansas federal judge gave final approval Friday to Syngenta AG's $1.5 billion deal to resolve claims filed on behalf of 650,000 corn producers over the agricultural giant's genetically modified corn seed, a deal that handed class counsel a $503 million cut.

  • December 7, 2018

    Feds Retract Bid For Harsher Sentence On Turkish Banker

    U.S. prosecutors told a federal appeals court Thursday that they were withdrawing their request for a longer sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker sentenced to 32 months in prison despite prosecutors' request that he serve 15 years for helping skirt sanctions against Iran.

  • December 7, 2018

    Lebanese Businessman Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

    A Lebanese businessman who the U.S. Department of Treasury claims has ties to the terrorist organization Hezbollah entered a guilty plea Thursday to a money laundering charge stemming from an attempt to avoid U.S. sanctions placed on him, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • December 7, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives Medical Device Co. Laerdal's ITC Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday overturned a U.S. International Trade Commission decision refusing Laerdal Medical Corp.’s request for an import ban against companies accused of infringing its trade dress rights to medical devices, saying the ITC waited too long to take issue with Laerdal’s allegations.

  • December 7, 2018

    ITC Greenlights Commerce-Initiated Chinese Aluminum Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission concluded on Friday that the U.S. metal industry has been harmed by Chinese aluminum imports, greenlighting a set of tariffs teed up by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the agency's first self-initiated trade investigation in more than two decades.

  • December 7, 2018

    ITC Finds Chinese, Indian Yarn Likely Hurting US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that imports of yarn from China and India are likely hurting American yarn producers, greenlighting the federal government’s investigations into whether the imports have been traded unfairly.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    CIT Says Korean Steel Co. Duty Needs Some Rethinking

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday affirmed most of the U.S. Commerce Department's countervailing duty order on certain carbon and alloy cut-to-length steel products from a South Korean metals company, but said some aspects of Commerce’s decision needed further justification.

  • December 7, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an African import-export bank sue Nigerian airline Airik, Jaguar and several major insurers sue an auto shipping specialist and a Brazilian energy executive lodge a claim against a unit of Swiss bank Rothschild. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 6, 2018

    Huawei Exec's Arrest Just The Beginning, Attys Say

    The revelation this week that a high-level Huawei Technologies executive was arrested in Canada on U.S. charges was a bold move that likely bodes a major enforcement action against the Chinese telecommunications juggernaut, trade sanctions attorneys said.

  • December 6, 2018

    Oakland Is Interfering With Shipping Terminal, Developer Says

    An Oakland cargo shipping terminal developer has taken its fight over proposed coal operations at the facility to state court, accusing the city of spending the last few years working to obstruct the project, despite previously giving its blessing.

  • December 6, 2018

    Trump May Get Rude Awakening In China Trade Talks

    President Donald Trump has been taking a victory lap in the wake of his summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping by promising to deliver a bounty of new concessions to U.S. businesses, but the two sides are still far apart on a concrete agreement, and bridging that gap may prove more difficult than Trump anticipates.

  • December 6, 2018

    Odebrecht Says Bond Fraud Suit Can’t Continue Further

    Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA and two subsidiaries on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to toss a fraud suit related to a far-reaching bribery scheme, arguing that the investment firm and funds suing them have not remedied defects that plagued the suit’s previous iterations.

  • December 6, 2018

    Bic Seeks To Put Out Knockoff Lighters At ITC, NY Court

    Bic Corp. has taken aim at several rivals accused of selling knockoff pocket lighters that infringe on its designs, urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports from China and launching a trademark suit in New York federal court.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Commercial Insurer Gets Court OK For Brexit Restructuring

    A leading specialist commercial insurer said that it has received approval from a London court to transfer its European business to its new Luxembourg subsidiary, adding to the list of insurers reorganizing their business ahead of Brexit.

  • December 6, 2018

    MVP: Hogan Lovells' Jonathan T. Stoel

    Jonathan T. Stoel of Hogan Lovells has been at the forefront of disputes over President Donald Trump’s trade agenda, taking a challenge to tariffs imposed on Canadian solar products to the Federal Circuit and scoring a victory scrapping metal duties for Australia's only silicon producer, making him one of Law360’s 2018 International Trade MVPs.

  • December 5, 2018

    Huawei Executive Sought By US Is Detained In Canada

    The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies is in Canadian custody at the request of the United States, Canadian authorities said Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Senate May Target Saudi Arms Sales In Sanctions Bill

    Senators said Wednesday they're crafting sanctions that could target United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia, following briefings on the crown prince's alleged involvement in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  • December 5, 2018

    Yacht Co. Blasts Comerica Sanctions Bid In $4.4B Suit

    An attorney and a Canadian yacht-building company accused by Comerica Bank of pursuing a "scurrilous" $4.4 billion racketeering lawsuit sought to sink the bank's sanctions bid in Florida federal court Tuesday, labeling it a "ludicrous submission" that plays with facts that pushed the company to seek bankruptcy protection.

Expert Analysis

  • Shifting Federal Policies Sow Discord In US Real Estate

    Eric Rapkin

    Changes in tariffs, tax law and bank deregulation present a confusing picture of short-term gains and long-term risk for real estate. Eric Rapkin of Akerman LLP takes a look at the industry's "winners" and "losers" following these developments.

  • No-Deal Contingency Planning For The UK Aviation Sector

    John Balfour

    As approval of the proposed agreement for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union becomes more uncertain, last month's no-deal Brexit aviation contingency plan from the European Commission is both timely and relevant, say attorneys with Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Crypto Addresses As OFAC Identifiers

    Maxwell T.S. Thompson

    Last week, the Office of Foreign Assets Control took the significant step of adding two digital currency addresses to its list of identifiers for certain individuals related to an Iranian hacking enterprise. This should immediately alert entities that transact in digital assets, says Maxwell T.S. Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • ITC Clarifies Duty Of Respondents After Corporate Restructure

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's recent decision in Certain Subsea Telecommunications Systems is a cautionary tale for respondents undergoing corporate reorganizations — the onus is on the respondent to inform the ITC and the complainant of the changes, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Société Générale: Sanctions Enforcement Is Alive And Well

    Ama Adams

    The recent settlement between Société Générale and U.S. regulators illustrates that U.S. sanctions enforcement authorities may be shifting their attention back to large financial institutions after several years of relatively quiet enforcement across the financial services industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A New Proposed Metric For Defense Co. Corruption Risk

    Howard Weissman

    In Transparency International’s draft approach to its 2019 Defense Companies Anti-Corruption Index, there are three broad areas that may be problematic for companies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • The Future Of Intellectual Property Imports In China

    Holly White

    As China's intellectual property enforcement system is strengthened, and its consumer market grows in size and sophistication, there are increasingly more and better opportunities for foreign businesses to bring their IP into the country, says Holly White, a technology consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • FCPA Compliance 1 Year After DOJ Revised Policy

    Jack Sharman

    It has been a year since the U.S. Department of Justice made its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program permanent. The policy and the government's expectations indicate that the FCPA doesn't always connote mystery and complexity, say attorneys with Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC​​​​​​​.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.