International Trade

  • May 24, 2017

    Mayer Brown Partner Confirmed As State Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon have his top deputy, after a Senate vote Wednesday confirmed Bush administration veteran and Mayer Brown LLP partner John Sullivan to the post.

  • May 24, 2017

    Ross Aims For June Finish On Steel Nat’l Security Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce probe looking for national security impacts from steel imports under a rarely used enforcement mechanism dusted off by the Trump administration is looking at completion much faster than its 270-day statutory clock, Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Pilots, Flight Attendants Urge Trump To Take On Gulf Carriers

    North American pilot and flight attendant unions continued their fight Wednesday against illegal subsidies that Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are allegedly pumping into three state-owned airlines, urging the Trump administration to enforce the U.S.’ Open Skies agreements to preserve competition for domestic carriers.

  • May 23, 2017

    Class Makes Emergency Bid To Muzzle Atty In Chiquita MDL

    Counsel representing relatives of torture victims who allege that Chiquita Brands International Inc. paid off a Colombian paramilitary group sought an order on Monday in Florida federal court to stop a colleague from allegedly copying the company's attorneys on privileged communications concerning unnamed clients.

  • May 23, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms ITC Ruling Invalidating Coffee Pod Patent

    Claims in a patent on reusable pods for single-serving coffee makers are invalid for lack of description, the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday, affirming an International Trade Commission decision in an infringement case between two rival pod makers.

  • May 23, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Andorran Bank Investors Can't Sue FinCEN

    The D.C. Circuit has declined to revive a suit brought by the majority shareholders in an Andorran bank that was targeted by the financial crimes unit of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, ruling on Tuesday that there was little the court could do to help them now that the bank was defunct.

  • May 23, 2017

    Wal-Mart Pushes Court To Protect Bribe Investigators’ Notes

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked an Arkansas federal judge to halt investors’ efforts to question two of its investigators who looked into rampant bribery in its Mexican unit, saying it would seek an emergency intervention by the Eighth Circuit to keep their privileged reports under wraps.

  • May 23, 2017

    Defense Worker Cops To 'Bourne'-Inspired Spy Scheme

    A former defense contractor employee who loves spy stories like the “Jason Bourne” films pled guilty Monday to charges related to selling military satellite information to an agent he thought was a Russian spy for money to send to a girlfriend in Long Beach, California, who was catfishing him.

  • May 23, 2017

    MoFo Adds 6 From Wilson Sonsini To SF IP Litigation Group

    Morrison & Foerster LLP announced Tuesday the addition of six top intellectual property litigation attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC to its San Francisco office, prepping the firm for future tech-based trials and proceedings at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • May 23, 2017

    Trump's Budget Offers Mixed Bag For Trade Enforcement

    President Donald Trump made robust trade enforcement a central component on the campaign trail, but his first budget proposal released Tuesday calls for only modest budget increases to certain crucial offices while funding levels at others remain flat or scaled back.

  • May 23, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $250M Navy Training Deal For Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Department of State has signed off on a $250 million naval training program for Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Tuesday, days after the White House inked a massive arms deal with the Middle Eastern nation worth up to $350 billion.

  • May 23, 2017

    Jenner & Block Taps Ex-State Dept. Atty As Int'l Law Head

    A former lead attorney with the U.S. Department of State, who has experience representing the U.S. in international arbitration and trade negotiations, will join Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, D.C., office as head of the firm’s newly formed public international law practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Venezuela Urges DC Circ. To Ditch $740M Arbitral Award

    Venezuela pressed the D.C. Circuit on Monday to upend a $740 million arbitral award issued, and affirmed, for Canadian mining company Gold Reserve in a dispute over canceled mining permits, arguing the lower court judge improperly ignored the beleaguered country’s arguments.

  • May 23, 2017

    USTR All Ears On New NAFTA Negotiating Proposals

    The Trump administration forged ahead with its effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative sought input from the public on what issues should be given priority in new trade talks with Canada and Mexico.

  • May 23, 2017

    Biz Execs Spar Over Border-Adjusted Tax At House Hearing

    Current and past executives at Target, Walmart and ADM on Tuesday squared off against one another during a hearing on the proposed border-adjusted tax on Capitol Hill, offering sharply different takes on whether the most controversial part of the GOP’s tax plan would encourage American manufacturing or simply drive up the costs for consumer goods.

  • May 22, 2017

    Giuliani, Mukasey Deny Conflict In Iran Sanctions Case

    Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey have penned two fresh affidavits explaining their role in representing Turkish-Iranian financier Reza Zarrab in a suit alleging he aided Iran sanctions violations, but the government told a New York federal judge Monday more information is needed to rule out a conflict of interest.

  • May 22, 2017

    Ex-Adidas Owner Loses Appeal, Must Return €404M Award

    France’s high court has upheld a 2015 ruling that French businessman Bernard Tapie must repay €404 million ($454 million) that he won in arbitration against a state-controlled bank that was later annulled because an arbitrator had concealed links to the then-tycoon.

  • May 22, 2017

    Booz Allen Among 9 More US Cos., People Sanctioned By Iran

    Iran has added Booz Allen Hamilton and others to the list of U.S. companies and people subject to sanctions in what the nation’s foreign affairs ministry says is a response to the U.S. government’s “illegal move” of imposing penalties on entities accused of aiding Iran’s missile program.

  • May 22, 2017

    US Inks Deal For Up To $350B In Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

    The White House said Saturday it has agreed to a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth at least $110 billion and possibly as much as $350 billion, as President Donald Trump visited the Middle Eastern nation during his first trip outside the U.S. as president.

  • May 22, 2017

    ICSID Highlights Mediation, But Takeoff Could Be Complicated

    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes is set to host a special training course for mediators tailored for investor-state disputes, but experts question whether mediation — a dispute resolution method that is typically associated with commercial feuds — will ever realize its potential in the field.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • What US Cos. Must Know About EU E-Commerce Rules: Part 1

    Enzo Marasà

    U.S.-based manufacturers and retailers who want to sell in the EU face legal challenges in selecting and controlling their distribution networks, particularly with regard to online sales. All stakeholders must understand the restrictions imposed by Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits anti-competitive agreements, says Enzo Marasà of Portolano Cavallo.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Legal Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicles

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    Human error on the roads costs countless lives. As artificial intelligence in the driver’s seat grows more advanced, better outcomes are possible. But autonomous vehicles present many legal complexities. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Michael Nelson and Charlotte Walker-Osborn discuss the compliance challenges of the driverless future.

  • How China Became An IP Superpower

    Jay Erstling

    China has repeatedly been labeled an intellectual property pirate and wholesale IP rights violator, but those labels are no longer accurate. Today, applicants who overlook China do so at their peril, says Jay Erstling, of counsel at Patterson Thuente Pedersen PA and former director of WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty Office.

  • Why US Law Firms Need Anti-Money Laundering Policies

    Kristine Safos

    For U.S. law firms, anti-money laundering compliance are a business necessity. As large financial institutions and other clients adopt their own AML policies, they expect law firms they work with to do the same. Kristine Safos of HBR Consulting offers guidance on AML and client due diligence best practices.

  • The ITC’s Evolving Approach To Cease And Desist Orders

    Daniel Valencia

    Over the past few years, commissioners at the International Trade Commission have shown interest in grappling with questions of the breadth and nature of the ITC’s power to issue cease and desist orders as a remedy for violations of Section 337. Several observations about the commission’s recent decisions are worth noting, say Augustus Golden and Daniel Valencia of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • In Congress: House Out Of Town

    Richard Hertling

    After the most significant and dramatic week of the 115th Congress, having kept the government funded through the end of the fiscal year and passed its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House is on a scheduled district work period. The Senate is the only chamber in session this week, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Prosecuting The Person On The Other Side Of FCPA Violation

    Randall Eliason

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act applies only to the U.S. persons and companies who pay the bribes, not to the foreign officials who receive them. But the U.S. Supreme Court's Ocasio decision last year may revive a long-dormant legal theory — charging foreign officials with conspiracy to violate the FCPA, says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

  • How Brexit May Harm The US Nuclear Industry

    John Matthews

    As it exits the European Union, the United Kingdom will also withdraw from Euratom — the European Atomic Energy Community. But U.S.-U.K. trade in nuclear materials is authorized through the U.S.-Euratom agreement. So unless swift action is taken to execute a new bilateral agreement, U.S.-U.K. nuclear trade may grind to a halt in 2019, says John Matthews of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.