International Trade

  • May 22, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Members Vie Over Compliance Efforts

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, Mexico prepares retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in their spat over tuna labels, while other countries bicker over compliance efforts in cases on poultry and textiles.

  • May 22, 2017

    EU Trade Chief Says Time Is Needed When Dealing With US

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday said that the EU needs more time to reflect on trade relations with the U.S. in the wake of protectionist measures coming from the country, while still steering toward ambitious trade policies with it and other nations.

  • May 22, 2017

    Chinese Tire Co. Files Suit Over 33 Percent Dumping Margin

    Yet another Chinese tire producer has filed suit in the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking to upend a 33 percent dumping margin assessed on its exports to the United States by what it considers to be a deeply flawed calculation by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • May 19, 2017

    Commerce Chops Fresh Garlic Duty After Challenge At CIT

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has abandoned anti-dumping duties on imports of fresh garlic from China, pursuant to a settlement with Chinese producers over a dispute in the U.S. Court of International Trade, according to a notice scheduled to be published Monday in the Federal Register.

  • May 19, 2017

    Rep. Wants Trump Conflicts Sorted Before NAFTA Revamp

    U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump should divest his Canadian and Mexican businesses or release his tax returns to mitigate “historic” conflicts of interest that could undermine efforts to retool the North American Fair Trade Agreement.

  • May 19, 2017

    Suniva Gets New $5.2M Blended DIP After Conflict Claims

    A Suniva Inc. bankruptcy compromise on Friday headed off a potentially bruising Delaware court fight over alleged ulterior motives and conflicts of interest claims regarding a debtor-in-possession loan deal that is needed to see the solar panel maker through a U.S. International Trade Commission tariff petition.

  • May 19, 2017

    Gibson Dunn Adds Sanctions, Export Control Expert In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP added a sanctions, exports and compliance specialist to its Washington, D.C., office as of counsel to beef up its international trade team, it announced.

  • May 19, 2017

    UN Panel Finds Slight Decline In Investor-State Disputes

    Investor-state disputes went down slightly last year, according to a review from a United Nations agency released on Friday, although investors brought more than 60 cases in 2016 and most frequently from the US.

  • May 19, 2017

    EU Vows To Amend Chicken Import Rules After WTO Loss

    The European Union has agreed to comply with a World Trade Organization decision that struck down its quota system for poultry imports in a case brought by China, according to a WTO document circulated on Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    USTR Wants Data On Expanding NAFTA Ag Tariff Cuts

    Shortly after informing Congress that he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday requested a new investigation examining what would happen if the agreement were changed to further liberalize trade in certain agricultural goods.

  • May 18, 2017

    CIT Grants Duty-Free Status To Some Compression Garments

    The U.S. Court of International Trade delivered a mixed ruling Wednesday on an importer’s challenge to duties levied on compression sleeves and stockings, finding one model series in question is specially designed for people with a physical handicap and exempt from import tariffs.

  • May 18, 2017

    Patent Litigator Joins Quinn Emanuel From Kirkland & Ellis

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has added a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP intellectual property litigator with experience in the medical device and telecommunications industries as a partner in the firm's New York office, focusing on federal patent and U.S. International Trade Commission litigation.

  • May 18, 2017

    Russia Meddling Claims Block 'Donorgate' From UN Bribe Trial

    A New York federal judge on Thursday blocked a swath of evidence concerning Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng’s purported funding of U.S. politics, saying the risk of prejudice by bringing up foreign political meddling in the bribery trial is too great in light of the current accusations of undue overseas influence in last year’s elections.

  • May 18, 2017

    Turkey-Owned Bank Foots Legal Bill For Zarrab Co-Defendant

    A Turkish bank executive charged in a politically sensitive Iran sanctions case is having his legal bills paid by his state-controlled employer, his lawyer told a New York federal judge on Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    Phony 5-Hour Energy Middleman Angles For No Jail

    A Southern California man who admitted to being a go-between in a scheme to counterfeit millions of bottles of 5-Hour Energy urged a federal judge to give him a no-jail sentence Wednesday, saying he was unaware his actions were illegal until midway through.

  • May 18, 2017

    Enviros Sue State Dept. For Keystone XL Route Info

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of State in D.C. federal court, claiming the agency is illegally withholding information on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline and information about private contractors hired to work on environmental reviews for the controversial project.

  • May 18, 2017

    Sabine Backs DOE In Max La. Gas Exports Appeal

    Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC on Wednesday got behind the Department of Energy’s decision allowing Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas project to export the maximum amount of LNG it can produce, telling the D.C. Circuit that the agency reasonably concluded the project wouldn't significantly impact the environment despite what environmentalists say.

  • May 18, 2017

    Insurers Must Be Wary As UK Sanctions Agency Enters Scene

    Questions linger about how aggressively the U.K.’s new sanctions enforcer will wield its enhanced fining powers modeled on the U.S. system, but experts say London insurers should prepare for the possibility of tougher scrutiny and stiffer penalties.

  • May 18, 2017

    UK's Tories Commit To Full Exit From EU Market

    The U.K.’s Conservative Party officially pledged on Thursday to leave both the European Union’s single market and the customs union when Britain exits the bloc, extinguishing any lingering hopes in the financial sector for a so-called soft Brexit.

  • May 18, 2017

    WTO Gets Moving On Trade Facilitation Accord

    Nearly three months after enacting an agreement to smooth trade flows and streamline customs rules across the globe, the World Trade Organization on Tuesday formed the committee that will help to ensure that the deal is smoothly implemented, especially for smaller developing economies.

Expert Analysis

  • Clarifying UK Penalty Model For Financial Sanctions Breach

    Elizabeth Robertson

    While there are clear similarities between the recent guidance from HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation and the economic sanctions enforcement guidelines in the United States, companies that engage in activities subject to U.S. and U.K. financial sanctions should also understand the important differences between the two penalty regimes, say partners of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Should Increase Penalties On Internet Pharmacies

    Anthony Caso

    It's strange that Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have created an expensive and complex regulatory system to ensure the safety of American drugs and yet do not act on a gaping loophole that allows unscrupulous foreign entities to sell counterfeit or misbranded drugs with minimal risk, says Anthony Caso of Chapman University.

  • 13 FCPA Enforcement Actions Resolved In 2017 So Far

    Marc Bohn

    The first three weeks of 2017 served as a capstone to the flurry of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity that marked the end of 2016, while the remainder of the quarter saw little in the way of additional enforcement actions by the U.S. authorities. However, there are no significant indications that FCPA enforcement efforts will shift dramatically under the Trump administration, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • The Changing Nature Of Payments In The US And UK

    Judith E. Rinearson

    Traditionally, U.S. and U.K. payment regulation has differed in that the U.S. emphasizes protecting underbanked consumers, while the U.K. focuses on leveling the playing field between large and small financial institutions. Despite changes with Brexit and the Trump administration, the U.K. and U.S. truly perceive different futures for payment regulation, says Judith Rinearson of K&L Gates LLP.

  • An Uncertain Future For US-Chile Tax Treaty — Especially Now

    Eugenia Mize

    Though the future of the bilateral income tax treaty between the United States and Chile remains in limbo largely due to Sen. Rand Paul’s objections, another issue taking time and attention away from ratifying such treaties is the debate in the U.S. over comprehensive tax reform, say Brandon Roman and Eugenia Mize of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 3

    Justin Tschoepe

    In part 3 of this series, Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright discuss disputes brought on behalf of the U.S. government under the federal False Claims Act and suits against foreign sovereigns related to the scaling back of state benefits for renewable energy companies.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • In Congress: Stopgap Funding, Jay Clayton, North Korea

    Richard Hertling

    Lawmakers were able to avert a shutdown on Friday by passing a one-week stopgap funding bill to keep the government operational. This week, they are looking to finalize a broader spending package, as well as tackle other long-term legislative business, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.