International Trade

  • June 15, 2017

    Sens. Want NAFTA To Knock Down Canadian Poultry Hurdles

    A bipartisan group of 10 senators from poultry-producing states on Thursday called on the Trump administration to ensure that a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement improves market access for U.S. poultry into Canada, which has maintained tight restrictions for years.

  • June 14, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Oral Argument And ‘Imperious’ Attorneys

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the value of oral arguments, advice for advocates, and the one thing lawyers do that irks her, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • June 14, 2017

    Senate Panel Prepares Deep Dive Into Trump Trade Policy

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will appear before the powerful Senate Finance Committee next week to give his first extensive look at the Trump administration’s plans on trade, the committee announced Wednesday.

  • June 14, 2017

    DOC Weighs Bangladesh Labor Woes In Vietnam Shrimp Case

    The Court of International Trade ordered the Department of Commerce to incorporate alleged widespread labor abuse in Bangladesh into surrogate cost data as it reconsiders anti-dumping margins assessed on Vietnamese shrimp importers.

  • June 14, 2017

    US Cooperator In $1B Iran Asset Trial Denies Greed Motive

    An Iran-linked charity trying to stave off a billion-dollar U.S. real estate asset seizure attacked a key cooperating witness as an opportunist seeking a payday Wednesday, but not before jurors saw documents suggesting the supreme leader of the Mideast power had influence over the charity's New York operation.

  • June 14, 2017

    ITA Lowers Mexican Rebar Dumping Duties To Slim And None

    The International Trade Administration found that one Mexican company did not dump steel rebar on the U.S. and another did so by a slim margin, according to a final determination published Wednesday in the Federal Register that dramatically reduced prior duties.

  • June 14, 2017

    Senate Adds Russia Sanctions To Iran Sanctions Bill

    The U.S. Senate added sanctions on Russia to an Iranian sanctions bill by a bipartisan vote Wednesday, in an effort to respond to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • June 14, 2017

    Nike, Universal Among 1st In EU Crosshairs Over E-Commerce

    European Union antitrust regulators on Wednesday opened three separate investigations against Nike, Sanrio and Universal Studios and their subsidiaries over whether their intellectual property licensing practices illegally restricted cross-border deals.

  • June 14, 2017

    WTO Won't Settle Russia-Ukraine Fertilizer Row Before 2018

    A World Trade Organization panel currently examining Russia’s case against Ukrainian tariffs on fertilizer said that it will not be able to finish its work before the early part of next year, citing the complex nature of the case.

  • June 13, 2017

    ITC Probe Adds To Whirlpool Feud With Samsung, LG

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday that it had initiated a rare safeguard investigation prompted by Whirlpool Corp. into alleged harm to U.S. industry done by surging washing machine imports from Samsung and LG Electronics Inc., in a case the ITC called “extraordinarily complicated.”

  • June 13, 2017

    Tax Lawmaker Floats 5-Year Phase-In For Border Tax Plan

    The leader of the House tax-writing committee on Tuesday proposed phasing in a controversial border adjustment plan that would exempt exports, but not imports, from taxation to make the plan more palatable to critics who say it would lead to higher prices on everyday imported products.

  • June 13, 2017

    Tax Whiz Can't Testify For Charity In Iran Forfeiture Fight

    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a New York University expert from telling the jury tasked with deciding the outcome of a billion-dollar U.S. effort to seize the assets of an Iran-linked charity that a real estate deal at the heart of the trial was legal and tax-savvy.

  • June 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Reverses ITC Ruling That Led To Garmin Import Ban

    The Federal Circuit found Tuesday that parts of two Navico Inc. patents related to downscan sonar technology were invalid, upending a U.S. International Trade Commission order that barred the import and sale of certain Garmin International Inc. sonar products.

  • June 13, 2017

    Senate Rejects Proposal To Block $500M Saudi Arms Sale

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly rejected a measure to block a proposed $500 million guided munitions sale to Saudi Arabia over concerns of misuse, as senators also announced that they had come up with a deal to impose new sanctions on Russia for its attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

  • June 13, 2017

    US May Lose $3B In Exports Without TPP, Think Tank Says

    The U.S. could be on the hook for just over $3 billion in lost export revenue by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to research circulated Tuesday by a Canadian think tank, which is attempting to gin up support for moving ahead with the regional trade accord without the U.S.

  • June 13, 2017

    Dem Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Combat Russian Meddling

    Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., on Tuesday said he plans to introduce legislation calling for a comprehensive strategy to counter Russian efforts to destabilize American democratic institutions and international alliances.

  • June 13, 2017

    GAO Says Customs Needs To Set Goals, Ramp Up Hiring

    The Government Accountability Office said U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs to develop targets for evaluating its trade enforcement efforts and a hiring plan to address its consistent failure to meet congressionally set staffing minimums in a report released Monday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Natixis Sues Marex For $32M In UK Over Metals Receipts

    French bank Natixis SA has filed a $32 million claim against commodities broker Marex Financial Ltd. over a finance deal the broker arranged that was based on receipts for nickel that were allegedly later found to be forged.

  • June 13, 2017

    Biz Groups Call For Steady Hand In NAFTA Revamp

    The nation’s most influential business and trade associations implored the White House on Monday to take a measured approach in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and not toss some of the agreement’s most valuable provisions overboard, including its chapters on government procurement and intellectual property.

  • June 13, 2017

    EU Warns More Delays In Brexit Talks Would Threaten Deal

    Britain risks leaving the European Union without a deal in place by a March 2019 deadline if its government further delays the start of negotiations, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Win For Sovereign Immunity

    Owen Pell

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne should make it easier for foreign states and their agencies and instrumentalities to avoid unfounded suits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. And plaintiffs can no longer avoid dismissal of their claims by asserting that a factual finding on jurisdiction would also decide a merits issue, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Rules Of Origin For Automobiles Under A New NAFTA

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    As the Trump administration begins renegotiating NAFTA, auto industry stakeholders will wish to know whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership rules are to be emulated or avoided, says Dean Pinkert, a partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Where India's Companies Act Meets The FCPA

    David Simon

    Under Indian law, companies that meet certain size or financial activity thresholds are required to set aside a fixed percentage of their net profits toward corporate social responsibility spending. While making these contributions, companies may find themselves exposed to significant risk under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, say David Simon and John Turlais of Foley & Lardner LLP and Sherbir Panag of the Law Offices of Panag & Babu.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • What US Cos. Must Know About EU E-Commerce Rules: Part 2

    Enzo Marasà

    U.S.-based companies distributing their products online or setting up e-retail platforms in the EU must pay particular attention to how they select online distribution partners, as well as what type of sales restrictions they impose or agree to, if they want to avoid legal trouble, says Enzo Marasà of Portolano Cavallo.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • What US Cos. Must Know About EU E-Commerce Rules: Part 1

    Enzo Marasà

    U.S.-based manufacturers and retailers who want to sell in the EU face legal challenges in selecting and controlling their distribution networks, particularly with regard to online sales. All stakeholders must understand the restrictions imposed by Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits anti-competitive agreements, says Enzo Marasà of Portolano Cavallo.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Legal Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicles

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    Human error on the roads costs countless lives. As artificial intelligence in the driver’s seat grows more advanced, better outcomes are possible. But autonomous vehicles present many legal complexities. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Michael Nelson and Charlotte Walker-Osborn discuss the compliance challenges of the driverless future.