International Trade

  • May 11, 2018

    Chinese Real Estate Magnate Gets 4 Years For UN Bribes

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng to four years in prison Friday for paying $1.3 million in bribes to enlist diplomatic support for his effort to build a massive United Nations convention center in Macau.

  • May 10, 2018

    Chamber Of Commerce Taps Hughes Hubbard Partner For GC

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it has hired a former U.S. attorney and current partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP to serve as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.

  • May 10, 2018

    Trump To Unveil 4-Point Plan For Curbing Drug Prices

    President Donald Trump on Friday will target drug prices with a four-point plan intended to boost the negotiating power of private Medicare plans, reduce list prices, ease out-of-pocket costs and tackle “freeloading” by countries that more aggressively limit prices, according to senior administration officials.

  • May 10, 2018

    Chinese Developer Denied Retrial After UN Bribery Conviction

    Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was convicted of bribing two former United Nations diplomats, will not receive a new trial, nor will he get his wish for a key government witness to be investigated, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • May 10, 2018

    Iran Deal Exit To Cast Shadow Over Future Negotiations

    President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal has cast the U.S. as an unreliable ally and negotiator in the eyes of both allies and adversaries, and the effects on future international deals will be hard to shake, attorneys say.

  • May 10, 2018

    Former DOC Trade Enforcement Official Joins Kelley Drye

    A former Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative official with nearly four decades of experience negotiating and enforcing U.S. trade law has joined Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a senior international trade adviser its Washington, D.C., office, the firm said earlier this week.

  • May 10, 2018

    Commerce Chief Ross Upbeat On China Trade Talks

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that he was optimistic about the Trump administration’s ongoing trade discussions with China on everything from industrial policy to intellectual property rules, saying that last week’s trip to Beijing laid a solid foundation for future talks.

  • May 10, 2018

    ZTE Stops Major Operations After US Imposes Biz Ban

    ZTE Corp. said that it has halted its main operations in response to a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant.

  • May 10, 2018

    Del Monte Says Pineapple Grower Can’t Escape $32M Award

    Swiss corporation Del Monte International GmbH has asked a Florida federal court to enforce its order confirming a $32 million arbitral award against a Costa Rican pineapple grower, saying Inversiones y Procesadora Tropical Inprotsa SA’s latest bid to escape payment is "a futile effort to avoid its day of reckoning."

  • May 10, 2018

    CIT Says Commerce Botched Indian Steel Duty Determination

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday to recalculate the countervailing duty on an Indian producer of corrosion-resistant steel products, saying its “desire to punish untimely corrections” was not a valid reason to issue an adverse rate.

  • May 10, 2018

    Coal Co. Wants Wash. Permit Fight To Stay In Federal Court

    Lighthouse Resource Inc., which sued state officials over their refusal to grant permits for a planned coal export facility, asked a Washington federal court to allow the suit to move forward, saying it challenges the state's refusal to consider any coal-related project and doesn't repeat claims brought in local cases.

  • May 10, 2018

    State Lawmakers Rally For NAFTA Investment Protection

    As officials negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement continued to huddle in Washington, D.C., Thursday to strike a final deal, a slew of state legislators pressed them to secure the agreement’s controversial arbitration system for foreign investors.

  • May 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Tariffs For Vietnamese Wind Towers

    The Federal Circuit summarily affirmed on Wednesday a ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade dropping anti-dumping tariffs on a Vietnamese wind tower maker, turning down a bid by a coalition of U.S. producers to revive the duties.

  • May 9, 2018

    Chinese Tire Cos. Fight Toyo's Bid To Up Damages In IP Row

    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. shouldn't be able to double-dip on damages in a trade dress infringement dispute, two Chinese tire makers told a California federal judge, saying the Japanese tire giant already snagged a $1.62 million contempt judgment and isn't otherwise entitled to enhanced damages and attorneys' fees.

  • May 9, 2018

    The US Has Exited The Iran Deal. What Happens Now?

    The Trump administration’s decision to pull out of a historic nuclear disarmament deal with Iran will have serious ramifications for global geopolitics and national security, but the move will in the near term have its most pointed effect on companies doing or considering business in Iran.

  • May 9, 2018

    US Accuses India Of Underreporting Food Subsidies At WTO

    The U.S. Trade Representative and secretary of agriculture on Wednesday accused the Indian government of underreporting its market price support for wheat and rice production, and announced they’d filed a counter-notification with the agricultural arm of the World Trade Organization.

  • May 9, 2018

    Hughes Hubbard Adds Trade Partner From Baker McKenzie

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has hired an international trade litigator previously with Baker McKenzie who once oversaw sanctions and export control investigations and prosecutions at the U.S. Department of Justice as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 9, 2018

    Construction Legislation And Regulation To Watch

    Three federal initiatives spearheaded by President Donald Trump are at the top of construction lawyers’ list of legislation and regulations to watch, but two local issues in California and New York also deserve attention, experts say. Here, Law360 looks at five regulatory and legislative issues attorneys are watching.

  • May 8, 2018

    Chiquita Can't Escape Claims Under Anti-Terrorism Act

    A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded right-wing Colombian paramilitaries on Tuesday denied the company’s bid to escape Anti-Terrorism Act claims from the family of a man who was kidnapped for ransom and eventually killed by a paramilitary group.

  • May 8, 2018

    Broadcom Sues Toyota, Others In Texas And ITC Over GPS IP

    Toyota, Panasonic and others are infringing the asserted claims of six Broadcom Corp. patents covering navigation systems and other technologies used in automobiles, the California-based company said Monday at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Texas federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • OFAC License For Rusal Wind-Down Shows Flexible Approach

    Anthony Rapa

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a license authorizing the winding down of business with a Russian aluminum company targeted by recent sanctions. The terms of the license reflect a potentially flexible approach from the Trump administration regarding the latest round of sanctions designations, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Cos. Must Meet Evolving Sanctions Compliance Challenges

    Michael Mann

    The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has announced its intention to police a broad array of potential interactions with sanctioned parties that cannot reliably be captured through traditional due diligence. Effective sanctions compliance means proactively identifying risks that may involve entities and persons not directly party to a transaction, say Michael Mann and Jamie Schafer of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. 

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Blue States' Deduction Strategies

    Gary Botwinick

    What do you do when it seems that Washington is out to get you? If you are a lawmaker or governor in New York, California, New Jersey or any of several other blue states that relies on significant income or property taxes to pay your state’s bills, you get creative, says Gary Botwinick of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Beware Anti-Boycott Violations On Shipping Documents

    Berne Kluber

    In 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Antiboycott Compliance brought in the largest number of settlements in five years. With many of the charges related to requests for clauses in shipping certificates, companies should note the potential penalties for including certain language in documents, says Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Counterfeit Cosmetics: Fake Beauty, Real Danger

    Aliza Karetnick

    In the age of e-commerce, counterfeit cosmetics present a growing challenge — not only do they pose significant health risks to consumers, but they raise serious legal concerns for brand manufacturers, distributors and retailers, say Aliza Karetnick and Kelly Bonner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Antitrust Damages Analysis Can Respect International Comity

    Pian Chen

    A controversial issue argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court was whether the Second Circuit should have given complete deference to a declaration that price-fixing by two vitamin C manufacturers was required by Chinese law. When a foreign government’s regulation is exempt, measuring damages attributable only to the cartel respects international comity while also recognizing how foreign cartels can harm U.S. customers, say members of Monument Economics Group.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.