International Trade

  • November 20, 2017

    Iran Sanctions Trial Against Turkish Gold Trader Delayed

    Jury selection was adjourned for one week following a closed-door hearing on Monday in the Manhattan federal trial of Turkish-Iranian businessman and gold trader Reza Zarrab and Turkish Bank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of scheming to dodge American sanctions against Iran.

  • November 20, 2017

    Neb. Regulators Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Route

    Nebraska utility regulators narrowly approved construction of a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that passes through the Cornhusker State on Monday, removing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial project after it was given new life by President Donald Trump earlier this year.

  • November 20, 2017

    EU's Barnier Shuts Door On Post-Brexit Passporting For City

    Britain’s banks and insurance firms will lose their right to passport services into the EU “as a legal consequence of Brexit,” the European Union’s lead negotiator said on Monday, as he appeared to dismiss any chance of a special deal for London’s financial sector.

  • November 17, 2017

    ITC Will Examine African Trade As US Eyes Expansion

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Friday it's launching an investigation into the nation's trade relationships in sub-Saharan Africa, examining growth in U.S. imports and exports and assessing the continent’s noncrude petroleum and other possible markets for trade.

  • November 17, 2017

    In Unusual Move, US Releases 'Updated' NAFTA Goals

    The Trump administration on Friday took the unorthodox step of updating its goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement just as talks with Canada and Mexico have begun to hit a rough patch, saving some of its most ambitious changes for the agreement’s investment arbitration section.

  • November 17, 2017

    Chile, EU Initiate Talks To Update Relations, Expand Trade

    Chile and the European Union have formally initiated negotiations to modernize their Association Agreement in an effort to expand bilateral relations and collaborate in additional areas, the European Commission announced on Thursday.

  • November 17, 2017

    Auto Parts Buyers Seek $162M Default In Price-Fixing Suit

    Purchasers of aftermarket vehicle components urged a Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday to force a Taiwanese parts maker to pay more than $162 million for failing to hire new counsel and effectively abandoning the purchasers' price-fixing lawsuit.

  • November 17, 2017

    Commerce Says Pipe Co. Same As One Eyed In Dumping

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday that it has preliminarily determined that a Mexican pipe manufacturer is the successor to a previous company that it is monitoring for dumping activity related to rectangular pipes and tubes.

  • November 17, 2017

    US Readies Preliminary Tariffs On Tubing From 6 Countries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new round of preliminary duties on mechanical steel tubing late Thursday, ruling that imports of the merchandise from Germany, India, Italy, South Korea, China and Switzerland had been dumped on the U.S. market at unfairly low prices.

  • November 16, 2017

    Canada To Fight Lumber Tariffs Through NAFTA Dispute Panel

    Canada has filed a notice to establish a dispute resolution panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement challenging new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imports of Canadian lumber, according to a document filed with the U.S. section of the NAFTA Secretariat.

  • November 16, 2017

    DOE Grants Cross-Border Permit For $1.6B Transmission Line

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday approved a presidential permit for a proposed $1.6 billion transmission line crossing the U.S.-Canada border that would move hydroelectric power from Quebec to New Hampshire, clearing a major federal regulatory hurdle for a project first proposed in 2010.

  • November 16, 2017

    Taiwanese Auto Parts Co. To Pay $3.35M In Price-Fix Suit

    A class of car-part direct purchasers asked a Wisconsin federal judge Thursday to approve a $3.35 million settlement with Taiwanese automotive component maker Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd. to resolve a lawsuit over alleged price-fixing on certain aftermarket sheet metal products.

  • November 16, 2017

    Zarrab Out Of Federal Lockup But Still In US Custody

    Reza Zarrab remains in federal custody, the U.S. government said Thursday, after news surfaced that the Turkish-Iranian businessman accused in Manhattan federal court of scheming to dodge American sanctions against Iran had been released from a detention facility on Nov. 8.

  • November 16, 2017

    WTO Members Bristle At US Proposal To Boost Transparency

    A U.S. proposal to increase transparency at the World Trade Organization by punishing members who do not file timely notifications of subsidies and other programs has received a cold reception from other delegations in Geneva, the WTO said Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Walmart Puts Aside $283M For Potential FCPA Settlement

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday it expects to pay $283 million to resolve long-running U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations into the retail giant’s possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • November 16, 2017

    Pols Weigh In On NAFTA's Labor, Car Rules Ahead Of Talks

    As the fifth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement began Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came forward with a fresh set of demands, looking to exert their will on the agreement’s rules for labor and automobiles.

  • November 15, 2017

    Gov't Says High Court Should Take Up Vitamin C Price-Fix Suit

    The U.S. solicitor general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a Second Circuit decision wiping out a $147 million judgment against two Chinese companies over allegations they fixed prices for vitamin C, asking the justices to decide whether a foreign government’s characterization of its own law is conclusive.

  • November 15, 2017

    Baker Botts, Addleshaw Goddard Attys Start Hong Kong Firm

    Two former Baker Botts attorneys have joined forces with the former leader of Addleshaw Goddard’s Asia mergers and acquisitions department to launch a new Hong Kong-based boutique firm, bringing their extensive experience in areas like international arbitration, complex transactions, intellectual property and energy and infrastructure projects.

  • November 15, 2017

    Industry Urges Congress To Renew Duty-Free Program

    More than 350 U.S. companies and industry associations called on leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees Tuesday to take action and renew the Generalized System of Preferences program, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

  • November 15, 2017

    US, UK Chug Along On Preliminary Trade Talks

    U.K. and U.S. trade officials said Wednesday that they’ve completed their second round of talks to further deepen trade ties between the two nations, with U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox saying they’re “laying the groundwork for a potential future free trade agreement.”

Expert Analysis

  • Manafort Attorney's Testimony And The Limits Of Privilege

    Justin C. Danilewitz

    A D.C. federal judge's recent opinion requiring former counsel to Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to testify before a federal grand jury offers four lessons for defense counsel and their clients, says Justin C. Danilewitz of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • China's FDA Reform Will Encourage Life Science Innovation

    Katherine Wang

    A recent China Food and Drug Administration Office circular outlines a series of robust reform initiatives that will likely transform the competitive dynamics in China's life sciences industry and considerably impact pharmaceutical and device companies' strategies in the Chinese market, say Katherine Wang and Silvia Mo of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Prepare For Big Changes To FARA Enforcement

    Brian Fleming

    All signs point to the U.S. Department of Justice enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act more aggressively. In addition, multiple pending legislative proposals would strengthen FARA and expand the DOJ’s enforcement powers, says Brian Fleming, a member of Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and former counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the DOJ.

  • New Bipartisan CFIUS Reform Begins To Take Shape

    Mario Mancuso

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 introduced last week is intended to strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and address the committee's perceived inadequacies. If enacted, this legislation would reflect the most significant changes to CFIUS in the last decade, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.