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International Trade

  • September 12, 2018

    Skadden, Latham Lead Chinese Electric Carmaker's $1B IPO

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guided Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio Inc. in raising $1 billion on Wednesday, after the Tesla competitor priced an initial public offering near the bottom of its range, while Latham & Watkins LLP advised the company's underwriters.

  • September 12, 2018

    Sports Cos. Agree To Stop Saying Imported Gear Made In USA

    The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it's reached settlements in two cases concerning sporting goods companies allegedly selling imported equipment under a "Made in USA" label, securing agreements that the companies will stop falsely marketing the foreign-made hockey pucks, backpacks and other items as domestically produced.

  • September 12, 2018

    ITC To Probe Whether Indian Cars Copy Fiat's Jeep Design

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday that it launched an investigation into whether India-based Mahindra's imported cars rip off the design of Jeep-brand vehicles, disregarding claims from Mahindra that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles breached a contract by asserting the trademark claims before the agency.

  • September 12, 2018

    United Technologies Settles SEC's FCPA Claims For $14M

    United Technologies Corp. agreed Wednesday to pay $13.9 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allegations that its elevator and aircraft engine businesses bribed foreign officials to win business.

  • September 12, 2018

    Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1

    The maritime shipping industry is watching a bevy of new trade policy developments and environmental regulations intended to promote fair trade or curb emissions, but which may end up increasing the business challenges for importers, exporters, freight carriers and port operators. Here, Law360 highlights key challenges facing the sector, in the first of two parts.

  • September 12, 2018

    CIT Largely Upholds Duties On Korean Hot-Rolled Steel

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has largely sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce’s countervailing duty rate for Korean producers of hot-rolled steel, finding that the department erred only in failing to explain why it had chosen the highest rates for a producer based on adverse information available.

  • September 12, 2018

    WTO Chief Sees Silver Lining In Escalating Trade Tensions

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said Tuesday that the near-record level of disputes filed amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners reflects strong confidence in the global trading model, but he nevertheless stressed that Geneva needs support to function properly.

  • September 12, 2018

    Trump Files Sanctions Order To Fight Election Interference

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday allowing for a broad range of sanctions to be imposed against any entity that attempts to interfere with U.S. elections, with perceived potential threats coming not only from Russia but also China, Iran and North Korea, Trump administration officials said.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    CIT Sends Chinese Garlic Appeal Back To Commerce

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has told the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider whether a Chinese exporter’s sale of fresh garlic during the period of review was typical of the exporter, saying that the department did not have enough evidence backing its decision to rescind review.

  • September 11, 2018

    Ukulele Maker Frets Over Chinese Rival's Knockoffs

    A West Coast ukulele manufacturer sued a Chinese competitor for alleged trademark infringement in California federal court Monday, arguing the rival ripped off the American company's brand name for one-of-a-kind instruments with “thunderous punch.”

  • September 11, 2018

    Trust The (Exclusion) Process? Trade Attorneys Aren't Sure

    The Trump administration has given a face-lift to the oft-maligned bureaucratic process companies use to exclude their products from steel and aluminum duties, but attorneys say that while the changes are a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether the process can ever function smoothly.

  • September 11, 2018

    China Seeks $7B In Annual Penalties For US In Dumping Fight

    China on Tuesday told the World Trade Organization that it is seeking $7 billion in yearly sanctions over the U.S.' failure to alter its calculation methods for anti-dumping duties as part of its compliance with adverse rulings made in a dispute with China at the global trade body.

  • September 11, 2018

    CIT Sides With Commerce In S. Korean Steel Duty Challenge

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday sustained determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce for how the agency calculated a countervailing duty rate for a South Korean producer of cold-rolled steel, holding that the company failed to adequately challenge the government’s decisions.

  • September 11, 2018

    ResMed Rival Returns Fire In Sleep Aid Patent Battle At ITC

    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd. announced Tuesday that it has filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against rival ResMed Inc., the latest salvo in the pair’s ongoing legal battle over breathing mask technologies related to a sleep apnea therapy.

  • September 11, 2018

    Jailed Chinese Billionaire Gets Back Most Of $20M Cash Bail

    The U.S. government returned $17.2 million to imprisoned billionaire Ng Lap Seng on Tuesday, cutting a check for most of the $20 million the Chinese real estate magnate pledged in 2015 as part of a massive bail package in the run-up to his bribery conviction.

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Volvo Cars, EQT Partners, SABIC

    Volvo Cars has reportedly put its plans to go public in Stockholm on hold indefinitely, EQT Partners is mulling going public, and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has tapped Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and M. Klein & Co. related to a SABIC stake sale.

  • September 10, 2018

    China Tells 2nd Circ. Vitamin C Exporters Followed Law

    China's Ministry of Commerce told the Second Circuit on Friday that it can still rely on the Chinese government's interpretation of its own law in a vitamin C price-fixing case, despite a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that found it doesn't have to.

  • September 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Chinese Honey Co.'s Duty Calculation

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the U.S. Court of International Trade’s decision to uphold anti-dumping duties on a Chinese honey exporter, rejecting the exporter’s challenge of the math behind the duties.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Brexit: Bracing For A No-Deal Scenario

    Ross Denton

    Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.

  • The Value Of Testifying At Section 301 Tariff Hearings

    S. George Alfonso

    To afford U.S. companies a chance to seek relief from Section 301 tariffs against China, the Trump administration created a hearing process. Testifying at a Section 301 hearing may prove helpful for companies whose products become the target of new tariffs in the coming months, says S. George Alfonso of Braumiller Law Group PLLC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.