International Trade

  • November 15, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $170M Norway Air-To-Air Missile Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a $170 million deal to sell to the government of Norway medium-range air-to-air missiles and equipment from Raytheon Missile Systems, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Manafort’s Challenge To ‘No-Knock’ Raid Faces Long Odds

    The first battle in the government's case against Paul Manafort will center on the unusual "no-knock" raid of the former Trump campaign chairman’s home in July, but his attorneys will have a hard time arguing the special counsel’s team acted in bad faith, despite a few recent rulings striking down aggressive searches.

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple At Center Of New ITC Probe Into Macs, iPhones

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday it has launched an investigation into an infringement complaint against Apple Inc. by the Southern California company that made the first Mac terminal server.

  • November 14, 2017

    Daewoo Urges 5th Circ. Not To Rethink Seizure Ruling

    Daewoo International Corp. urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to stand by its decision allowing the South Korean trading company to seize a pig iron shipment before kicking off arbitration with an English supplier, saying ThyssenKrupp Mannex GmbH’s rehearing request raises “wild accusations” instead of challenging the panel’s well-grounded legal findings.

  • November 14, 2017

    5 Ways New CFIUS Legislation Would Alter Review Process

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced new legislation to “modernize and strengthen” the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, extending the interagency committee's reach to more types of transactions, adding a mandatory filing component and fees, and adjusting the review timeline. Here, Law360 outlines five of the major changes CFIUS would see if the bill becomes law.

  • November 14, 2017

    WTO Gives S. Korea Partial Win In US Oil Pipe Duties Scrap

    A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel handed South Korea a measure of victory in its challenge of U.S. tariffs on steel pipes used in oil production on Tuesday, though the panel also limited the damage for the U.S. by turning away a litany of Seoul’s arguments.

  • November 14, 2017

    Trump Picks Immigration Hawk To Keep Helming ICE

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, a nearly three-decade veteran of immigration enforcement who is known for his hawkish views on the issue, to continue heading the agency on a permanent basis.

  • November 14, 2017

    US Signals Duties On Tool Chests From China, Vietnam

    The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a preliminary set of import tariffs on Chinese and Vietnamese tool chests and cabinets Monday, finding that the goods have been sold on the U.S. market at less than fair value.

  • November 14, 2017

    US Poised To Slap New Tariffs On Chinese Plywood Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce inched closer to imposing new tariffs on Chinese hardwood plywood late Monday, finding that the merchandise had been illegally subsidized in Beijing and sold at unfairly low prices in the United States — handing a victory to a coalition of U.S. producers that has long pressed for a crackdown on its Chinese competitors.

  • November 14, 2017

    Chemical Importer Opposes Anti-Dumping Order At CIT

    Pharm-Rx Chemical Corp. has contested the International Trade Administration's decision backing an anti-dumping duty order on imports of glycine from the People’s Republic of China in the Court of International Trade, according to court documents filed on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    TPP Revival Effort Leaves US Out In The Cold

    The 11 countries still under the Trans-Pacific Partnership umbrella revived the beleaguered pact over the weekend with tweaks to its intellectual property and shipping provisions, in a move that experts say will leave the U.S. vulnerable in the crucial Asia-Pacific region as the Trump administration narrows its trade focus.

  • November 13, 2017

    US, Vietnam Announce $12 Billion In New Trade Deals

    President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang announced $12 billion in new trade deals during a visit by Trump to Hanoi, Vietnam, this weekend, with both leaders vowing to deepen trade ties and cooperation between the two nations, according to an announcement by the White House Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Treasury Sanctions Venezuelan Officials, Cites Elections

    The U.S. Department of Treasury has sanctioned 10 Venezuelan government officials following the nation’s mid-October elections, saying the officials have had a hand in undermining electoral processes, censoring the media and participating in “rampant corruption” of government-run food programs.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trader Joe's Says Shoppers Lied About Truffle DNA Tests

    Trader Joe’s Co. has asked a New York federal court to impose sanctions on shoppers who filed a proposed class action accusing the grocery store of charging premium prices on truffle-flavored olive oil containing no black truffle, claiming Friday that the shoppers lied about whether DNA tests proved the lack of truffles.

  • November 13, 2017

    German Paper Co. Tariff Warranted, Commerce Tells Justices

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject arguments made by a German paper company that the agency’s determination of its more than 75 percent anti-dumping tariff was unlawful and not backed up by sufficient evidence, saying its use of adverse information available was warranted.

  • November 13, 2017

    China Aluminum Co. Kills $2.3B Aleris Deal Amid CFIUS Woes

    A U.S. unit of China’s Zhongwang International Group said Monday it has scrapped its planned $2.3 billion takeover, including debt, of private equity-backed aluminum manufacturer Aleris Corp., amid uncertainty about the deal’s ability to secure approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • November 9, 2017

    SEC Brass Says Kokesh Ruling A Concern For FCPA Cases

    A co-chief of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a speech Thursday that the Supreme Court's recent ruling imposing a time limit for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains is likely to have an outsized impact on time-consuming Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.

  • November 9, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Cuba Restrictions

    The Trump administration unveiled new trade and travel restrictions for Cuba that mark a gradual return to decades-old policy limiting American business dealings with the Communist island nation. Here, Law360 examines key takeaways from the travel restrictions in the U.S.'s updated Cuba sanctions policy.

  • November 9, 2017

    WTO Again Rules Against Indonesia In Food Import Fight

    A World Trade Organization appeals panel on Thursday sided with the U.S. and New Zealand in a dispute over the Indonesian government’s import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, affirming a WTO body’s determination that the measures violate global trade rules.

  • November 9, 2017

    Commerce Inks Final Duties To Offset Biodiesel Subsidies

    The U.S. Department of Commerce set the stage for new tariffs ranging upward of 72 percent on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia on Thursday after determining that producers in those countries have benefited from unfair government subsidies.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Should Note Guidance From Gov'ts On Human Rights

    Hannah Edmonds

    Recent legislative and courtroom developments in the U.K., the U.S. and further afield may have a significant impact on human rights compliance requirements for companies doing business internationally, say attorneys with Covington & Burlington LLP.

  • Visa Alternatives To Consider When H-1B Isn't An Option

    Andrew Greenfield

    Recently, a strong economy, coupled with a low unemployment rate for college-educated professionals has resulted in U.S. employers having just over a 30 percent chance of having their H-1B petitions selected for adjudication. Fortunately, there are alternatives employers can consider when they are unable to obtain the foreign professional resources they need, says Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • The Future Of NAFTA May Be Up To Congress

    R. Kevin Williams

    The North American Free Trade Agreement is not a conventional treaty. A president may decide to withdraw from NAFTA, but this choice may be meaningless unless Congress repeals the implementing legislation, says R. Kevin Williams of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.