International Trade

  • September 19, 2017

    Veon Must Face Investor Class Action, With Some Limits

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that European telecommunications company Veon Ltd., which admitted to paying bribes in Uzbekistan, can’t escape a proposed class action for failing to disclose its crimes to investors, finding that the suit was “in large part” strong enough to survive dismissal.

  • September 19, 2017

    EU's Bid For A Global Investment Court Won't Come Easy

    The European Union is taking its landmark investment arbitration reform effort global with a formal bid to launch talks for a multilateral investment court, but resistance from investors and a lack of clarity about political momentum suggests a long and contentious path for Brussels.

  • September 19, 2017

    Canada Won't Back Down From Boeing-Bombardier Dispute

    Canada will continue to push back against Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier even if Boeing wins a related dispute, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, a day after threatening to cut off business with Boeing unless it drops its complaint.

  • September 19, 2017

    Lobster Thief Ordered To Fork Over $30M To South Africa

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ordered a man who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 to 2001 to fork over more than $30 million to the country, bumping up a previous restitution award after the poacher dodged his obligation to pay back victims of the overharvesting.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Renewable Energy In The Age Of Trump

    Andrew Bell

    The same rhetoric from the Trump administration that mobilized coal country voters has worried renewable energy advocates. However, there are four areas where the current administration's policies could have a lasting effect on renewable energy development, say Andrew Bell and Reed McCalib of Marten Law PLLC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.