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International Trade

  • August 8, 2018

    Former Military Boot Co. CEO Gets Prison For False Labels

    The former CEO of defunct military boot supplier Wellco Enterprises has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to sell the U.S. Department of Defense Chinese-made boots that were falsely labeled as American-made, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Co. Slams FCC National Security 'Blacklist'

    Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has slammed the Telecommunications Industry Association for supporting a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would ban the use of an $8.5 billion fund to buy products or services from companies that pose a threat to U.S. security.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ind. Co. Seeks Duties On Chinese Steel Wheel Imports

    An Indiana-based wheel manufacturer urged the government to impose duties on imports of steel trailer wheels from China, alleging in a petition filed Wednesday that certain Chinese exporters are receiving unfair government subsidies and dumping the products on the U.S. market at less than fair value.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Jump-Rope Maker Defaults In IP Case, ITC Affirms

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will not review an initial determination made in July that the sole respondent of a patent probe into certain jump-rope systems from China has defaulted, according to a notice the commission plans to publish on Thursday in the Federal Register.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Emirates Bank's Trade Secrets Trial Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict in favor of banking giant Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, finding that financial technology firm InfoSpan Inc. had not shown that the jury was prejudiced or that it was not properly instructed during the trial over claims the bank stole InfoSpan's cellphone-based payment system.

  • August 8, 2018

    China Strikes Back At US Over Latest IP Tariff Escalation

    Hours after the Trump administration teed up a new tranche of tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese industrial goods as part of its effort to reform the country’s intellectual property rules, Beijing came forward Wednesday with new duties on U.S. chemicals, petroleum products, medical equipment and other items.

  • August 7, 2018

    Counterfeit Ring Sold $73M In Fake Jordans, Feds Say

    A Nike investigation has led to the arrest of five individuals who prosecutors say are responsible for hawking more than 380,000 pairs of fake Air Jordan sneakers worth an estimated $73 million, according to a complaint filed in a New York federal court.

  • August 7, 2018

    Trump Readies More Tariffs On $16B In Chinese Goods

    The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized the list of Chinese products totaling about $16 billion that will soon face a 25 percent tariff in the steadily escalating fight over Beijing's intellectual property policies, targeting Chinese plastics, metals, transportation equipment and more.

  • August 7, 2018

    DC Circ. Keeps Helmerich Unit Out Of Rig Seizure Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a decision cutting Helmerich & Payne Inc.'s Venezuelan unit from a suit accusing the South American nation of illegally seizing the company’s drilling rigs, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that expropriation claims need to clear a high bar in order to be heard by U.S. courts.

  • August 7, 2018

    US Chicken Producers Gain Access To Moroccan Market

    Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry products and meat into the African country for the first time, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Tuesday.

  • August 7, 2018

    Vietnamese Woven Sacks Hit With Preliminary US Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday laid out preliminary tariffs on laminated woven sacks from Vietnam after finding that the southeast Asian nation's producers received illegal government subsidies that gave them a leg up in the U.S. market.

  • August 7, 2018

    5 Ways CFIUS Will Change With New Law

    A bill aimed at overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is close to becoming a law, meaning vast changes are on the horizon for the interagency committee and its process for examining foreign direct investment for national security threats. Here, Law360 outlines five ways the proposed legislation would alter CFIUS.

  • August 7, 2018

    US Will Seek $350M In WTO Sanctions Against Indonesia

    The United States is asking for permission to impose up to $350 million in annual tariffs against Indonesia, citing Jakarta’s failure to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that faulted the southeast Asian country’s import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, according to a WTO document.

  • August 7, 2018

    EU To Shield Finance Sector From New US Sanctions On Iran

    The European Union has pledged to help financial services companies continue trading with Iran after rules designed to allow a wider range of European firms to bypass reimposed U.S. sanctions entered into force on Tuesday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs CIT In Dispute Over Tariffs For LED Candles

    The Federal Circuit found Monday that LED candles imported by The Gerson Co. are subject to a higher tariff for products classified as lamps, rejecting the company’s arguments that its imported merchandise falls under the category of electrical machines.

  • August 6, 2018

    ITC Finds Pipe Fitting Imports From China Hurt US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said it found U.S. producers have been injured by imports of a pipe component from China, greenlighting the government’s duties on the foreign imports while exempting drain imports from the scope of those duties.

  • August 6, 2018

    EU Asks WTO To Verify It Has Withdrawn Airbus Subsidies

    The European Union told the World Trade Organization on Friday that it has taken steps to comply with a panel ruling that faulted its subsidies to Airbus, urging the panel to rule that it has fully withdrawn government support in the aircraft sector.

  • August 6, 2018

    ITC Says Dominican Apparel Export Program At 'All-Time Low'

    A 9-year-old program meant to boost the Dominican Republic's apparel exports to the United States still hasn't yielded sufficient results, with figures at an "all-time low," according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report.

  • August 6, 2018

    US Begins To Squeeze Iran Following Nuclear Deal Exit

    The Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran’s aircraft, automotive and metals sectors as it completes its exit from the Obama administration’s historic nuclear disarmament deal, vowing to apply “unprecedented” economic pressure on Tehran.

  • August 6, 2018

    Arista Agrees To Pay Cisco $400M On Eve Of Antitrust Trial

    On the eve of trial in Arista Networks Inc.'s antitrust suit against Cisco Systems Inc. in California federal court on Monday, the parties settled multiple disputes in a deal that sees Arista paying $400 million and Cisco dropping patent infringement allegations.

Expert Analysis

  • FCPA Liability For Hiring Practices Gains New Credence

    Bruce Searby

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have stood by an expansive theory of anti-bribery liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for corrupt hiring schemes. After the recent Credit Suisse resolutions, the theory appears to be here to stay, says Bruce Searby, a partner at Searby LLP and a former federal prosecutor.

  • New Risks For US Cos. Inadvertently Supporting North Korea

    Ellen Murphy

    Following a U.S. State Department advisory this week, companies conducting business abroad — particularly in the technology, medical and life sciences industries — should watch out for several areas of heightened risk that may have a nexus to North Korea, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.