International Trade

  • September 17, 2021

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Investor Suit Against Botox Rival

    The Rosen Law Firm on Friday was appointed class counsel in a shareholder action against medical aesthetics company Evolus Inc. that was filed after the company's share price fell when it was barred it from importing and selling its alternative to Botox in the United States for 21 months.

  • September 17, 2021

    LG Counsel Sues ITC For Safeguard Review Access

    South Korea's LG Electronics has sued the U.S. International Trade Commission, arguing that its lawyers are being unfairly locked out of a solar safeguard review because of their previous work on behalf of China at the World Trade Organization.

  • September 17, 2021

    France Recalls Ambassadors Over Submarine Deal Snub

    France said Friday that it had recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia following an "unacceptable" recent nuclear submarine partnership between its allies and the related cancellation of its own massive submarine deal with Australia.

  • September 17, 2021

    Treasury Hits Alleged Terrorist Operatives With Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury unveiled a raft of new sanctions on Friday against an international network of individuals and businesses that have allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars for Hezbollah and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.

  • September 17, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Upholds ITC Infringement Finding On Milk Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's finding that a pair of bacteria strains used by German-based Jennewein infringed a Glycosyn milk patent.

  • September 17, 2021

    Biden Wants Feedback On Technology Supply Chain Risks

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is under instructions from the Biden administration to prepare a report on vulnerabilities in the information technology supply chain, and it wants the public's help in doing so.

  • September 16, 2021

    Commerce Opens Door For Retroactive Duty Collection

    The U.S. Department of Commerce finalized new rules Thursday that may put importers on the hook for new anti-dumping and countervailing duty payments by allowing for retroactive collection of the levies when a duty order is expanded.

  • September 16, 2021

    Vitamin C Cos. Want Third Shot At 2nd Circ. In Price-Fix Case

    Two Vitamin C importers asked the Second Circuit to consider restoring price-fixing claims against a pair of Chinese exporters after a split panel of the court tossed them a second time.

  • September 16, 2021

    China Makes Bid To Join Pacific Trade Pact Once Led By US

    China asked Thursday to join a regional trade pact once championed by the U.S. as a means to check Beijing's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • September 16, 2021

    Treasury Sanctions 'La Patrona' Over Colombian Drug Ring

    The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned alleged Colombian drug trafficker Zulma Maria Musso Torres and two of her associated businesses Thursday, blocking their U.S. assets and walling them off from American commerce in the latest push against global drug cartels.

  • September 16, 2021

    Ex-CEO Deserves 5 Years For Bribery At Braskem, Feds Argue

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors argued Wednesday that former Braskem CEO Jose Carlos Grubisich deserves five years in prison for helping foster the Brazil oil giant's systemic bribery operation, after defense lawyers said the four months he already spent locked up should suffice.

  • September 15, 2021

    V&E Adds CFIUS Atty With 2 Decades Of DOJ Experience

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has bulked up its national security capabilities through the addition of an attorney with two decades of experience working in the federal government on matters related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • September 15, 2021

    US, UK And Australia Launch Pacific Security Initiative

    The U.S., United Kingdom and Australia unveiled a new trilateral security partnership on Wednesday to expand defense capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region, touting the arrangement as an effort to ensure long-term stability in the region.

  • September 15, 2021

    Trade Court Hammers Challenge To Taiwanese Nail Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld anti-dumping duties on nails imported from Taiwan on Tuesday, rejecting a Taiwanese company's allegations that the U.S. Department of Commerce botched its calculation of the levies.

  • September 15, 2021

    Indian Steel Co. Takes Aim At Flange Duties

    An Indian steel company sued to undo a 145.25% duty on its stainless steel flanges Tuesday, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade it was unfairly punished for another company's failure to comply with a government investigation.

  • September 15, 2021

    FERC Shirked Climate Review Of LNG Project, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shirked its obligation to analyze and understand the environmental toll of a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska, environmentalists told the D.C. Circuit while asking that approvals for the infrastructure be tossed.

  • September 14, 2021

    Iranian National Gets 5 Years For Violating Iran Trade Embargo

    A Texas federal judge sentenced an Iranian national Tuesday to just over five years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by participating in a scheme to obtain sensitive military parts used to test weapons systems for Iran, in violation of a trade embargo.

  • September 14, 2021

    Utah Court Tosses Antitrust Suit Over Mattress Trade Probes

    A Utah federal judge tossed antitrust claims against a slew of mattress manufacturers Tuesday, but gave the importer bringing the case a chance to strengthen its allegations that the companies manipulated government trade probes to gain an advantage.

  • September 14, 2021

    Trio Reach Deal With DOJ Over UAE Hacking Allegations

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it has reached a first-of-its-kind deferred prosecution deal with three former U.S. military and intelligence personnel accused of violating federal export laws by hacking on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

  • September 14, 2021

    Groups Urge ITC To Ban Google's Speakers In Sonos IP Fight

    Patent organizations, educational nonprofits and Grammy Award-winning record producers are among those backing Sonos' bid for the full U.S. International Trade Commission to review an administrative law judge's decision that would let redesigned software behind an infringing Google speaker system remain on the market.

  • September 14, 2021

    5 Firms Seek Lead In Investors' Suit Against Chinese Tech Co.

    Five law firms are vying to lead a proposed securities class action against financial tech company 360 DigiTech, which has been accused of causing a stock value drop after allegedly flouting Chinese cybersecurity laws by collecting user data.

  • September 14, 2021

    GE Nabs Early ITC Win In Wind Turbine IP Fight With Siemens

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial determination in General Electric's bid to block a rival's wind turbine imports, with an administrative law judge finding that Siemens Gamesa infringes one of two GE patents.

  • September 14, 2021

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    Many law firms are seeing only modest progress as they seek to close the gender gap in their top ranks. But these firms are working to shake up that reality and forging a path to progress.

  • September 13, 2021

    Biden Taps 2 For CFTC, Boosts Behnam To Permanent Chair

    The White House on Monday announced two nominees for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the decision to elevate Rostin Behnam from acting to permanent chairman of the agency. 

  • September 13, 2021

    Newest ITC Judge Arrives With Deep Experience In IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's hiring Monday of Monica V. Bhattacharyya, an ITC investigative attorney since 2012, as an administrative law judge was praised by those who know her and who said her intellectual property and ITC background will serve her well on the bench.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Despite Risks, Venezuela May Rekindle Investor Interest

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    Even in the face of stringent international sanctions against Venezuela, and the country's withdrawal from an investor-state dispute convention, hints of thawing relations between the Maduro regime and the U.S. offer hope for investors with a high risk tolerance, say Stephanie Limaco and Leigh Crestohl at Zaiwalla & Co.

  • OFAC Settlement Extends Sanctions' Reach Beyond US Dollar

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    The recent Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement with JC Flowers & Co. over sanctions arising from non-U.S. currency services provided by its Romanian bank subsidiary extends OFAC's reach outside the U.S. financial system, and highlights the need to educate foreign affiliates about U.S. sanctions compliance, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • 2nd Circ. Vitamin C Price-Fixing Decree Goes Beyond Antitrust

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    The Second Circuit's recent dismissal of antitrust price-fixing claims against two Chinese vitamin C exporters carries broad implications as to the sources and authorities litigants should present in advancing interpretations of foreign law, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Leidos GC Talks Social Responsibility

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    Recent criticisms of corporate commitments to stakeholders such as employees and communities — implicitly opposing environmental, social and governance initiatives — are fundamentally flawed and display a serious misunderstanding of contemporary investor priorities and dynamics, says Jerald Howe at Leidos.

  • Lessons In Crisis Lawyering 20 Years After 9/11

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    Dianne Phillips at Holland & Knight recounts her experiences as in-house counsel at a liquefied natural gas company in the tumultuous aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and details the lessons she learned about lawyering in a crisis, including the importance of careful forethought and having trusted advisers on speed dial.

  • Key Anti-Corruption Tips For Green Energy And Tech Cos.

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    With investments in renewable energy and low carbon technologies growing at unprecedented levels globally, companies in these sectors are rapidly expanding into countries that pose high risks under global anti-corruption laws, so executives must plan to carefully vet risky counterparties, contracts and transactions, says Ryan Hartman at Arnold & Porter.

  • Why Structured Data Is Increasingly Important To Your Case

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    During discovery, legal teams often overlook structured data — the rows of information found in financial ledgers and similar corporate systems — and consider it secondary to emails and other anecdotal evidence, but this common mistake could mean litigators are missing key elements of a dispute, say consultants at Alvarez & Marsal.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: AIG Counsel Talks SEC Risk Alert

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    As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission responds to the changing landscape on environmental, social and corporate governance investing, including with its recent risk alert, it is imperative that the regulator take a measured approach, says Kate Fuentes at AIG.

  • What The Judiciary's Font Recommendations Can Teach Us

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent soft prohibition on Garamond and the ensuing debates about courts' font preferences should serve as a helpful reminder of a larger point — every departure from convention in legal writing carries some level of risk, says Spencer Short at Stradley Ronon.

  • Opinion

    EU Climate Plan Should Involve Taxing Pollution, Not Borders

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    In order to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union proposes to levy carbon emissions at its borders and to overhaul its long-standing energy tax framework, but the latter would hold polluters directly accountable, giving it the better chance for success, says Rebecca Christie at Bruegel.

  • Prepare For Global Tax Regime's New Biz Dispute Risks

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    Companies should take steps to mitigate the business dispute risks of the new international tax framework, which over a hundred countries agreed to in July, as implementing the new regime will be expensive and require substantial organizational restructuring efforts, says Tim McCarthy at Dykema.

  • 'Ecocide' May Be New Tool For Fighting Environmental Crime

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    While it could be difficult for the International Criminal Court to put into practice a recent proposal to make ecocide one of the crimes it prosecutes, it is undeniable that major environmental offenses often have effects similar to war crimes, which are already under the court's purview, says Josef Rybacki at WilmerHale.

  • Navigating Asia-Pacific Health M&A In The Wake Of COVID

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    Bernard Lui and Vanessa Ng at Morgan Lewis discuss new legal considerations for participants in health care mergers and acquisitions with entities in Singapore and elsewhere throughout the Asia-Pacific region as the pandemic continues.

  • How The 'Rocket Docket' Continues To Roar Through COVID

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    While the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is no longer the nation's fastest civil trial court, it continues to keep litigation moving efficiently, with pandemic protocols resulting in new benefits for litigants, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

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