International Trade

  • July 14, 2017

    Sens. Tell Trump To Bolster Digital Trade In NAFTA, Beyond

    A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senate leaders asked President Donald Trump on Friday to prioritize digital trade in renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and any subsequent trade deals as part of a broader effort to fight barriers to digital trade.

  • July 14, 2017

    Jones Day Adds Ex-NY Prosecutor To Securities Team

    Jones Day has beefed up its practice in securities litigation and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement as well as investigations and white collar defense with the addition of the former assistant U.S. attorney behind investigations ranging from JPMorgan’s hiring practices in Asia to a plot to bomb the New York Federal Reserve.

  • July 14, 2017

    Euronet Bashes New CFIUS Filing In MoneyGram Deal

    The lead spurned suitor for Texas-based financial transfer company MoneyGram International Inc. capitalized on reports that successful bidder Ant Financial had to refile is request for government approval for the transaction over potential national security risks.

  • July 14, 2017

    US Set To Sign Bilateral Insurance Pact With EU

    U.S. authorities said Friday they intend to sign an agreement with the European Union designed to harmonize trans-Atlantic insurance and reinsurance rules by eliminating regulatory barriers and axing collateral requirements for EU reinsurers doing business in the U.S.

  • July 14, 2017

    Bankers Push Trump For New Market Access In China

    A group of influential bankers, insurers and other financial service providers began exerting pressure on the Trump administration to pry open China’s market to foreign capital Thursday, saying that a looming bilateral summit is the perfect forum to improve their access to Beijing.

  • July 14, 2017

    Cobalt Wants Redo Of Class Cert. In Investors’ Bribe Case

    Cobalt International Energy Inc. asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to rethink an order that granted class certification to hundreds of investors suing the company for allegedly bribing Angolan officials and making misrepresentations that cost the investors billions, arguing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision changed the case's calculus.

  • July 14, 2017

    Commerce Says It Will Look Into Spanish Olive Duties

    The U.S Department of Commerce will look into applying duties for those importing ripe olives from Spain after domestic olive producers launched a tariffs bid alleging that the Spanish goods have been sold at artificially low prices in the U.S. and given unfair government subsidies, it was announced on Thursday.

  • July 14, 2017

    WTO Members Lay Down Markers For New E-Commerce Talks

    A handful of World Trade Organization members came forward Friday with proposals to begin a meaningful dialogue on new e-commerce trade rules, as they continue their mad dash to wrap together a package of agreements in time for December’s ministerial summit.

  • July 13, 2017

    Watchdog Says Chinese Chicken Imports Imperil Public Health

    A food watchdog group on Thursday said that processed chicken products shipped from China to the U.S. originated at a plant in Chile, where a 2016 audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found problems with the plant’s sanitation procedures, arguing the government should halt the imports.

  • July 13, 2017

    Small Biz Owners Rail On NAFTA's Investor Dispute Section

    A group of over 100 small business owners told President Donald Trump on Wednesday that as he renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement, he should remove a section allowing foreign companies to hash out investment disputes in arbitration, a process they say disadvantages domestic businesses.

  • July 13, 2017

    Spain Fined €3M For Delay In Fixing Port Labor Protections

    A European court on Thursday fined Spain €3 million ($3.4 million) for taking 29 months to fix legislation safeguarding Spanish dock workers after it had been ruled in violation of European Union laws against discriminating against labor from other member nations.

  • July 13, 2017

    Ex-White House Economists All Oppose Steel Tariff In Letter

    Every living chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, save one, signed an open letter to President Donald Trump, published Wednesday, that warns him not to impose steel tariffs on national security grounds as the administration is considering doing.

  • July 13, 2017

    EU Softens WTO Proposal To Curb Fisheries Subsidies

    The European Union on Thursday offered a revision to its proposal for a World Trade Organization agreement that will cut down global fisheries subsidies, offering a transitional period during which even companies in developed economies may still receive government support.

  • July 13, 2017

    CIT OKs Removal Of Duty On Taiwanese Oil Pipes

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday approved the government’s move to erase an anti-dumping duty on oil pipes from a Taiwanese company after taking into account rebates paid to its customers.

  • July 13, 2017

    UK Details Negotiating Position On ECJ Cases After Brexit

    The U.K. will negotiate with Brussels over which cases still pending before Europe’s top court should continue beyond day one of Brexit as Britain pushes to minimize disruption to banks and businesses, the government said on Thursday.

  • July 12, 2017

    US Begins Process To Tweak S. Korean Trade Deal

    The U.S. on Wednesday formally notified South Korea that it will call a special meeting to begin the process of amending the existing free trade agreement between the two Pacific Rim nations, weeks after President Donald Trump called for the deal to be revamped.

  • July 12, 2017

    Justice Breyer On Changing His Mind And Sparring With Scalia

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the extent to which oral arguments can influence his thinking and recalls his many debates with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    Auto Unions Want Raised Mexican Labor Standards In NAFTA

    American and Canadian auto worker unions issued a joint statement Tuesday pressing for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, primarily higher wages and labor standards in Mexico’s auto industry, which has grown dramatically since the trilateral treaty’s 1994 launch.

  • July 12, 2017

    Trump Puts China Under Microscope With WTO Envoy Nom

    President Donald Trump’s surprise move to nominate veteran China hawk Dennis C. Shea as the top U.S. envoy to the World Trade Organization signals the administration’s likely intent to use the WTO as yet another forum for exerting more commercial pressure on Beijing.

  • July 12, 2017

    State Dept. Greenlights $4.1B In Foreign Military Sales

    The U.S. Department of State on Wednesday approved a series of foreign military sales that are worth roughly $4.1 billion and include a potential sale of Patriot missile defense systems to Romania that would clock in at about $3.9 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Beware Export Controls On Software, Encryption, Technology

    Elsa Manzanares

    There is a common misconception that only military or very sensitive technology is subject to export controls. In fact, government controls are more common than one would expect — covering oil and gas related product specifications, electronics information, chemical formulas, design software, and a variety of other everyday items, say Elsa Manzanares and Michelle Schulz of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

  • 2 New Cautionary Tales About Protecting Privilege

    Tirzah Lollar

    As two recent federal court rulings in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas make clear, developing an early record of the purpose of a corporate internal investigation and the involvement of lawyers is crucial to establishing and maintaining privilege over the records eventually created, say Tirzah Lollar and Erica Connolly of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Kokesh Raises Questions About FCPA Declinations

    Alex Oh

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kokesh raises thorny questions for the U.S. Department of Justice as to the legality of declinations with disgorgement that were introduced under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program, say Alex Oh and Mark Mendelsohn of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.