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International Trade

  • November 6, 2018

    Chinese Agents Can't Escape $1.5B Satellite Row, Judge Told

    A Dutch telecom firm has urged a Delaware federal judge not to toss its $1.5 billion lawsuit against two individuals accused of being involved in the Hong Kong subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned asset management company’s scheme to steal its designs to launch a satellite that would deliver high-speed internet to parts of Africa.

  • November 6, 2018

    Fla. Judge Recommends Tossing Venezuela Bribery Suit

    A Florida magistrate judge has concluded that the litigation trust set up by Venezuela's state-owned oil company to bring a suit over an alleged bribery scheme does not have standing to pursue the claims, and she recommended that they be dismissed.

  • November 6, 2018

    Canadian Court Won't Pause Cos.' Coverage Row With Chubb

    A Canadian court declined to stay a suit from an automation solutions provider and its Thai subsidiary seeking $15 million in coverage from Chubb Insurance for a potential arbitration they may face in India, finding the insurer would be prejudiced by waiting on the outcome of a possible proceeding it wouldn’t be a party to.

  • November 6, 2018

    Chinese Premier Says Beijing Is Open To WTO Reforms

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday said his government will support efforts to reform the World Trade Organization, further fueling high-level discussions over the future of the Geneva-based trade body.

  • November 6, 2018

    Anti-Dumping Rates On Vietnamese Fish Are Foul, CIT Finds

    The U.S. Department of Commerce lacked the authority to establish a countrywide anti-dumping duty rate for certain types of frozen fish originating from Vietnam, the U.S. Court of International Trade determined Monday.

  • November 6, 2018

    Venable Adds Ex-Goodwin Procter IP Pro In San Francisco

    Venable LLP has snagged a tech-savvy patent litigator, formerly of Goodwin Procter LLP, to bolster the firm's growing intellectual property litigation practice in San Francisco and help the team’s developing focus on the technology sector, Venable said.

  • November 6, 2018

    Buyers Try Again For $750K New Balance ‘Made In USA’ Deal

    A proposed class of customers accusing New Balance Athletics Inc. of falsely marketing its “Made in USA” products has once again asked a California federal judge to grant preliminary approval to a $750,000 settlement that was denied in October.

  • November 5, 2018

    Union Leaders Say NAFTA Update Could Hurt Auto Workers

    A committee of union leaders has voiced concerns to the U.S. Trade Representative that the renegotiated trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico does not go far enough to protect the American auto industry, taking issue in a letter published Monday with several provisions in the agreement that the committee says will result in lower wages for U.S. workers.

  • November 5, 2018

    Judge Won't Revisit FCA Case Over Trade Law Compliance

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge refused Friday to reconsider a decision dismissing a whistleblower False Claims Act suit after earlier finding that two linked networking equipment resellers’ alleged noncompliance with the Trade Agreements Act was not material to payment, saying there was no error in the earlier ruling.

  • November 5, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rethink Axing Hyosung ATM Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit said Friday it would not reconsider an August ruling that invalidated part of a Nautilus Hyosung America Inc. ATM patent challenged by Diebold Nixdorf Inc., a rival company that the U.S. International Trade Commission found infringed the patent.

  • November 5, 2018

    Chinese NGO Head Can't Suppress FISA Evidence At Trial

    A New York federal judge has refused to suppress evidence collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the trial of the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization who is accused of bribery, finding that the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance information was gathered legally.

  • November 5, 2018

    Indian Oil Co. Must Pay $4.1M In Dispute With Oilex

    An Indian oil company must fork over 30 crores rupees ($4.1 million), a Gujarat court ordered, as the company heads into international arbitration proceedings with Australian company Oilex Ltd. over a joint oil exploration project in the Cambay Basin, Oilex said Monday.

  • November 5, 2018

    EU Watchdog Draws Ire Of UK Insurers With Brexit Demand

    Europe’s top insurance regulator called on Monday for “immediate action” to protect millions of cross-border contracts at risk from Brexit, angering British companies that believe the European Union should help to solve the problem.

  • November 2, 2018

    Renewed Sanctions Say 'Keep Out' To Energy Cos. Eyeing Iran

    Companies that dipped their toes back into the Iranian energy sector in 2016 when the U.S. lifted sanctions after brokering an international nuclear deal are now having second thoughts, if not already scurrying for the exits, with the Trump administration set to reimpose sanctions on Monday. Here, attorneys outline several risks energy companies must grapple with now that the sanctions are back in place.

  • November 2, 2018

    Trump Ushers In New Sanctions Era With Iran Clampdown

    When the Trump administration reinstates hefty sanctions to complete its exit from the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, it will offer a glimpse of exactly how hard a line it intends to take as crucial U.S. allies still hold out hope for commercial engagement with Tehran.

  • November 2, 2018

    US, EU Propose Penalties For Late WTO Notifications Filings

    A recent proposal drafted by the U.S., European Union and other nations would slap penalties on World Trade Organization members who miss deadlines to flag changes to their trade programs, a move that aims to increase transparency and ramp up compliance with notification requirements under a slew of trade agreements.

  • November 2, 2018

    Cobalt Investors' $147M Deal OK'd In Angolan Oil Bribe Row

    A Texas federal judge on Friday granted investors preliminary approval of their $146.9 million settlement in a securities suit claiming the now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc. bribed Angolan officials and made misrepresentations that cost the investors billions.

  • November 2, 2018

    Chinese Mattress Imports May Harm US Bedmakers, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that mattresses imported from China may be harming the U.S. industry, paving the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue its investigation into the Chinese imports.

  • November 1, 2018

    Wal-Mex Investors Urge 2nd Circ. To OK Amended Bribery Suit

    A group of investors in Walmart Inc.'s Mexican unit, known as Wal-Mex, squared off against the retail giant before the Second Circuit on Thursday, asking the court to reverse the dismissal of their suit alleging bribery-linked securities fraud or at least give them another chance to amend their complaint and make their case stronger.

  • November 1, 2018

    Farm Group Says Tariff Turmoil Undercuts New NAFTA’s Perks

    The newly minted replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement will deliver “modest” benefits for the nation’s farmers but stands to be largely undermined by the Trump administration’s tariffs and the retaliatory duties they’ve prompted from trade partners, an agricultural policy group said in a study published Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Why The US-Flag Cargo Preference System Is Broken

    Ron Cruse

    A recent Law360 guest article accurately described the U.S. Maritime Administration's lack of success in enforcing U.S.-flag cargo preference, but mainly ascribed that failure to conflicting oversight issues. The main reasons for MARAD's enforcement difficulties are the evolution of international commerce and the gradual adoption by U.S.-flag operators of commercial practices that make little sense, says Ron Cruse, president of Logenix International LLC.

  • Probabilities Vs. Consequences: Drone Liability Planning

    Robert Hanseman

    The same principles apply to drone operations as to other forms of aviation: Always plan for an eventuality to happen, no matter how slight the risk, and then minimize the danger of that eventuality, say Robert Hanseman and Joseph Zeis of Sebaly Shillito and Dyer LLP.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • From Russia With New Evidentiary Rules

    Thomas McCall

    The International Bar Association's Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration have been hugely successful in bridging the gap between parties from different legal cultures. Now the IBA rules face their first major challenge from the Prague Rules, which are due to be published in December and supported by the Russian Arbitration Association, say attorneys at Womble Bond Dickinson.

  • How USMCA Limits Protections For US Investors In Mexico

    Carlos Vejar

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement offers a more limited investor-state dispute settlement system than the North American Free Trade Agreement. But U.S. investors are fortunate that the ISDS provisions were not scrapped altogether, say Carlos Vejar and Laura Yvonne Zielinski of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Navigating Geopolitics In US-China Investments

    Charles Comey

    Notwithstanding protectionist trends on both sides of the Pacific, there continues to be high levels of interest from Chinese investors looking to invest in U.S. companies and vice versa. Charles Comey and Jim Ryan of Morrison & Foerster LLP discuss the new regulatory challenges facing these deals.

  • Roundup

    Trade Wars

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    This special series examines the legal, strategic and economic dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, and assesses what the recent shifts in U.S. trade policy may mean for the country and for the established system of international commerce.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Restricting Foreign Access To US Technology

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    The tech industry is now at the center of policies designed to protect U.S. technology from foreign access and influence — including not only restrictions on foreign investment, but also supply chain exclusions, limits on academic research, curbs on third-country technology transfers and measures against foreign control of key raw materials, says Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

    Charles Skuba

    The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.