International Trade

  • September 19, 2017

    Lawmakers Urge Trump To Fight Unfair Labor Practices

    Four Democratic legislators on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to work on countering foreign labor practices they say cost U.S. jobs and undercut American workers.

  • September 19, 2017

    Hitachi Metals Hits Chinese Rivals With ITC Trade Secrets Suit

    Hitachi Metals filed a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday alleging that a number of Chinese companies have violated the Tariff Act by selling and importing into the U.S. amorphous metals manufactured using misappropriated trade secrets.

  • September 19, 2017

    Pipe Co. Tells CIT Its Flanges Not Subject To Dumping Duty

    A pipe company has filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade that contests a Department of Commerce determination that iron pipe flanges it imported from China fall under anti-dumping duties on pipe fittings.

  • September 19, 2017

    EU Top Court Adviser Says Arbitration Clauses Are Legal

    An arbitration clause included in an investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia does not violate European Union law, a top legal adviser at the bloc's highest court concluded on Tuesday in a finding that goes against the long-standing position of the European Commission.

  • September 19, 2017

    UK Offers Overseas Investment Insurance For Political Risk

    Britain’s export credit agency is to offer U.K. businesses wider access to government-backed insurance to protect firms investing abroad against political risk, the government’s international trade minister said on Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Content-Makers Call For Stronger Copyright Rules In NAFTA

    An association of creative content producers has argued that the "overly-broad, outdated" safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act should not factor prominently into a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the trade groups that stumped for the provisions to the U.S. Trade Representative represented not content producers as claimed but tech giants.

  • September 18, 2017

    'Flawed' Calculation Caused Inflated Forfeiture: Lobster Thief

    Counsel for a man who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 until 2001 took issue Monday with a New York federal judge’s decision that his client needs to forfeit an additional $37.2 million, saying that number was based on the price of whole lobsters, rather than the tails that were actually sold.

  • September 18, 2017

    Sony's Headphone Patent Rehearing Bid Nixed Under Nautilus

    Without elaborating on its reasoning, the full Federal Circuit on Monday unanimously denied Sony Corp. and other tech companies’ request to reconsider the revival of wireless headphone patents that One-E-Way Inc. accused them of infringing before the International Trade Commission.

  • September 18, 2017

    US Still Fighting Boeing Subsidy Ruling At WTO

    Despite scoring a near-total win in the European Union’s World Trade Organization challenge of subsidies and tax breaks given to aircraft titan Boeing, the U.S. government has nevertheless lodged an appeal looking to undo adverse portions of the decision, according to WTO documents circulated Monday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Daewoo Seizure Ruling Violates Due Process, 5th Circ. Told

    ThyssenKrupp Mannex GmbH asked the Fifth Circuit on Friday to revisit its decision allowing Daewoo International Corp. to seize a pig iron shipment before kicking off arbitration with an English shipper, saying the panel improperly failed to hear TKM's position on a crucial point.

  • September 18, 2017

    US Trade Rep Slams China's 'Mercantilist' Onslaught

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday that confronting China’s “mercantilist” policies remains a top priority for the Trump administration, along with focusing on bilateral deals and ensuring that American companies can compete without running up against unfair barriers or undue advantages for their peers.

  • September 18, 2017

    Duracell Can't Toss Case Over 'Gray Market' Batteries

    The U.S. Court of International Trade rejected Duracell's request to toss a "gray market" battery importer and distributor's challenge to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection restriction on the batteries’ U.S. entry, finding Friday that the court may hear the claims.

  • September 18, 2017

    DOJ Says China-Linked Aluminum Co. Ducked $1.5B In Tariffs

    The Department of Justice alleged Friday that Perfectus Aluminum, a U.S.-based company controlled by China aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian, illegally smuggled millions of aluminum pallets into the U.S. to dodge $1.5 billion in subsidy and dumping tariffs on Chinese imports.

  • September 18, 2017

    Trump Angling To Revive Dormant Ex-Im Bank

    President Donald Trump unveiled three new nominees to serve on the board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Friday, signaling an effort to restore order to an agency that has been unable to finance high-value deals due to a staffing shortfall.

  • September 18, 2017

    Former US Ambassador to EU Joins Sidley's London Office

    Sidley Austin LLP announced on Monday that it has hired the former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union to serve as senior counsel at the firm’s international trade and cybersecurity practices in London.

  • September 15, 2017

    What To Watch With EU-US Privacy Shield Under Microscope

    European Union and U.S. policymakers are set on Monday to begin their first review of the fledgling Privacy Shield pact that allows data to flow between the regions, and experts say how policymakers deal with thorny issues such as how the pact is being policed and concerns over U.S. surveillance will determine whether thousands of multinationals get the legal certainty for which they have long been clamoring.

  • September 15, 2017

    Top Senate Dem Warns Of Possible Sanctions Against Turkey

    Turkey’s purchase of a Russian air defense system could trigger U.S. sanctions against the NATO ally, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat said Thursday.

  • September 15, 2017

    9th Circ. Revives Calif. Foie Gras Ban

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday upheld California’s ban on force-feeding birds to produce foie gras, a culinary delicacy made from the fattened liver of a duck or goose, after finding that the state law was not preempted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act.

  • September 15, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Block Of China Chipmaker Deal

    President Donald Trump became just the third U.S. president to formally reject a transaction on national security grounds when he blocked a Chinese private equity firm's proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Here, Law360 looks at three takeaways from the move amid increasing global anxiety about foreign acquisitions.

  • September 15, 2017

    US Wants Action On Absentee WTO Appellate Decisions

    The U.S. government on Friday reiterated its concerns about the legitimacy of opinions from the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body handed down by judges who have left their posts, but other members insisted that the issue should not be linked with the lingering impasse over filling the vacant seats.

Expert Analysis

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Can Trump Withdraw From NAFTA Without Congress?

    Gunjan Sharma

    The mention of a possible executive order on the North American Free Trade Agreement raises a complicated constitutional law question: Can President Donald Trump unilaterally, without congressional action or approval, withdraw from NAFTA? There is room for debate, says Gunjan Sharma of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Shkreli Trial And Other Magic Tricks: A Chat With Ben Brafman

    Randy Maniloff

    Ben Brafman’s clients don’t need a lawyer — they need a magician. And for 40-plus years, the man has been pulling rabbits out of hats, most recently finding jurors able to sit fairly in judgment of Martin Shkreli, called “the most hated man in America.” Last month I visited Brafman to discuss his remarkable career, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams.

  • How New US Sanctions On Venezuela Target Financing

    Satish Kini

    Based on reports from the few days since the sanctions were issued, it appears likely the new sanctions will have their intended effect of restricting access to U.S. financial markets by the Venezuelan government and its state-owned enterprises, such as Petróleos de Venezuela SA, according to attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • PRC Court Refuses To Enforce Singapore Arbitration Award

    James Kwan

    The ruling by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court in Noble Resources International v. Shanghai Good Credit International Trade is potentially significant for claimants who are considering using expedited procedures under older versions of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules, says James Kwan of Hogan Lovells.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Steel Imports Are Not A National Security Issue

    Donald Cameron

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady is right — this is not the right approach to deal with steel imports. And like it or not, using bogus claims of “national security” as a pretext for what amounts to naked protectionism will invite retaliation from our trading partners, says Donald Cameron of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.