International Trade

  • January 30, 2018

    Preliminary Duties Set On Taiwanese, Korean Low-Melt Fiber

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary tariffs on low-melt polyester staple fiber imports from Taiwan and Korea on Monday, finding that imports from the two countries have been dumped on the U.S. market at unfairly low prices.

  • January 30, 2018

    CFIUS Approval Of Chip Deal Gives Hope To Foreign Cos.

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is notoriously tough on overseas deals, especially those involving China, but the recent approval of a Chinese company’s acquisition of a U.S. semiconductor equipment maker shows that because CFIUS considers each investment individually, there's hope even for foreign chipmakers looking to do deals.

  • January 30, 2018

    Mnuchin Vows More Russian Sanctions Amid Dems' Pushback

    One day after congressional Democrats excoriated President Donald Trump for declining to place new sanctions on Russia, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin vowed Tuesday that more punitive measures against Moscow would be imposed in the coming months.

  • January 29, 2018

    Commerce Finalizes Duties On Steel Nails From Oman, Korea

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday made official an anti-dumping duty of more than 150 percent against a steel nail exporter from Oman, as well as minimal tariffs against exporters from South Korea, capping an administrative review of previously issued margins against manufacturers in those countries.

  • January 29, 2018

    Australia To Spend $3.1B To Expand Global Arms Exports

    Australia’s prime minister said Monday that the country wants to be one of the top 10 arms exporters in the world by 2028, announcing a plan that includes the creation of a AU$3.8 billion ($3.1 billion) loan scheme for defense companies seeking financing.

  • January 29, 2018

    CIT OKs Commerce's Reevaluation Of Vietnam Fish Imports

    The Court of International Trade has sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce’s reevaluated results on frozen fish fillets from Vietnam, finding Commerce had “sufficiently explained” why it had relied on one ministry official’s affidavit to value Indonesian fish feed rather than on data from a magazine article.

  • January 29, 2018

    6th Round Of NAFTA Talks Wrap With Progress On Corruption

    The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations concluded on Monday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing subtle optimism that a chapter on corruption had closed and that other core issues were broached, although general dismay at slow progress and a pair of “unacceptable” Canadian proposals dominated his press conference.

  • January 29, 2018

    Trump On Trade: What To Watch For In The State Of The Union

    A bustling U.S. trade agenda offers President Donald Trump the chance to use his first State of the Union address on Tuesday to offer more detail on the administration’s goals for enforcement, negotiations and other areas of the trade policy apparatus. Here, Law360 lays out items the trade bar should keep an eye out for during Trump's speech.

  • January 26, 2018

    Infrastructure, Immigration To Headline State Of The Union

    President Donald Trump is expected to push for further legislation on infrastructure and immigration in Tuesday's State of the Union address, senior administration officials said Friday, as part of a plan to advance a more bipartisan second-year agenda.

  • January 26, 2018

    Wells Fargo, Guarantor Hit With $2M Plane Loan Judgment

    An Indiana lender won a $2.3 million award Thursday against Wells Fargo and a Brazilian guarantor over their default on a $6 million loan for a private airplane, when an Indiana federal judge rejected their arguments that the lender should have gotten the money from insurers instead.

  • January 26, 2018

    Probe Of Afghan-War Food Supplier Keeps FCA Suit On Ice

    A Virginia federal judge won’t press forward with a False Claims Act suit against a company contracted to supply food for the U.S. war in Afghanistan while the government conducts a criminal probe, continuing a stay of claims that the contractor lied about warehouse construction and moved goods through Iran.

  • January 26, 2018

    Judge OKs Cobalt's $500M Pact With Sonangol For Oil Blocks

    A Texas bankruptcy judge greenlit a deal under which Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol EP will pay $500 million to take over Cobalt International Energy Inc.’s interests in a pair of offshore drilling blocks, resolving arbitration in which Cobalt was seeking more than $2 billion.

  • January 26, 2018

    Bombardier Spared Tariffs After ITC Finds Boeing Not Harmed

    The Trump administration will not move ahead with hefty tariffs on Bombardier Inc.’s C-Series commercial jets after the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously ruled that the Canadian planes, though unfairly subsidized and sold at below-market prices, were not threatening U.S. producer Boeing.

  • January 26, 2018

    Zarrab Served With Rape Suit At Westchester Jail

    Reza Zarrab, the infamous Turkish-Iranian trader who admitted to a massive scheme to help Iran dodge U.S. sanctions, was recently served at a Westchester County, New York, detention center with a rape complaint lodged by a former Manhattan cellmate, according to a document filed Thursday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Australia's WTO Wine Battle Against Canada Draws EU's Eyes

    The Australian government’s rare foray into the World Trade Organization dispute system to challenge Canadian rules on the retail sale of foreign wines has drawn the attention of the European Union, which asked to join the dispute as an observer, according to a WTO document published Friday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Trump Offers Murky Endorsement Of TPP Revival

    President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door to revisiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sprawling trade pact that he abandoned in the early days of his presidency after bashing it for nearly two years on the campaign trail.

  • January 25, 2018

    Del. Justices Uphold Initial Toss Of Walmart Derivative Suit

    The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed Thursday a previous ruling from the state’s Chancery Court dismissing derivative claims against the directors of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and rejected a subsequent suggestion from the lower court that derivative suits shouldn’t be precluded before surviving a motion to dismiss.

  • January 25, 2018

    $1.6B Hydro Power Line Wins Mass. Clean Energy Contract

    Massachusetts on Thursday awarded a massive clean energy power purchase agreement to a proposed $1.6 billion transmission line crossing the U.S.-Canada border that would move hydroelectric power from Quebec to New Hampshire, but opponents are crying foul over the influence of New England utility giant and project co-owner Eversource Energy.

  • January 25, 2018

    Gun Part Co. Says Smith & Wesson Cut It Out Of Sales Deal

    Silencer manufacturer Gemini Technologies Inc. told an Idaho federal court that Smith & Wesson Corp. negotiated the purchase of the company in bad faith, intentionally ditching a plan to make hundreds of millions of dollars in sales in order to forgo paying out a cut.

  • January 25, 2018

    Groups Warn Against NAFTA Changes That Raise Drug Prices

    Nearly 100 health advocacy groups called on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators not to make changes to the pact’s intellectual property section that could tip the scales in favor of pharmaceutical companies, saying in a letter dated Wednesday that affordable health care must be a priority of a renegotiated deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • Opportunities For The Oil Industry In NAFTA Renegotiations

    David Schwartz

    Not all potential revisions of NAFTA are viewed negatively. Concerns over renegotiations have been offset somewhat by the possibility of changes to the rules of origin that oil industry players are eager to see, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2017

    Ama Adams

    The past 12 months have been an extraordinarily active period and, given recent international developments, the pace of change for U.S. sanctions policy is unlikely to slow in the foreseeable future, say Ama Adams, Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement Picks Up In 2nd Half Of 2017

    Michael Skopets

    The last few months have seen increased enforcement activity related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved more than 15 cases against corporations and individuals, issued several declinations, and initiated at least five new investigations, say Michael Skopets and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Ltd.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.