International Trade

  • February 15, 2017

    US To Impose Hefty Tariffs On Chinese Specialty Fabric

    Imports of high-performance fabric from China will face steep tariffs ranging upward of 165 percent after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Wednesday that the dumped and subsidized products are posing a threat to U.S. producers.

  • February 14, 2017

    Treasury Sanctions Venezuelan VP For Drug Trafficking Aid

    The U.S. government has sanctioned Venezuela’s second-in-command pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for allegedly aiding international drug traffickers, the U.S. Department of the Treasury said in a statement Monday.

  • February 14, 2017

    Sens. Issue Calls For Russia Probes After Flynn Steps Down

    A bipartisan group of senators renewed calls Tuesday for a special congressional investigation into alleged Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid fallout from his dealings with Russian officials, while Democrats additionally called for a criminal probe.

  • February 14, 2017

    Flynn's Exit Could Stall Russia Sanctions Relief

    The abrupt departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn amid allegations of improper contact with Russian officials has only added to the cascade of uncertainties surrounding the Trump administration and how aggressively it will move to dismantle sanctions on Moscow.

  • February 14, 2017

    Lawmaker Tries To Block L-3's $418M Aircraft Sale To Kenya

    A GOP congressman proposed a resolution Tuesday to pump the brakes on L-3’s $418 million foreign military sale of border patrol aircraft to the Kenyan government, saying the sole-source contract unfairly excluded a competitor in his district and may have resulted from foul play.

  • February 14, 2017

    Philip Morris Facing More Thai Tax Evasion Charges

    Philip Morris International Inc. announced a widening Tuesday of the government of Thailand’s long-running criminal investigation seeking billions of dollars in potential penalties based on allegations the company deliberately shorted cigarette import prices to avoid full taxation.

  • February 14, 2017

    Colombia Wants WTO Panel To Weigh Tariff Compliance

    Colombia has requested a World Trade Organization compliance panel to assess whether the country has brought tariffs on Panamanian shoes, clothes and textiles in line with a panel decision that faulted the tariffs as illegal.

  • February 14, 2017

    Chinese Tire Cos. Slam Toyo's $29M Sanctions Bid In IP Suit

    Units of a Chinese state-owned tire company urged a California federal judge on Monday to reject Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.'s bid for more than $29 million in contempt sanctions in a dispute over trade dress on certain off-road tires, arguing that the request is premature.

  • February 14, 2017

    Home Depot Dodges $3.8M Lighting Contract Suit Once More

    A Texas federal judge on Monday once again granted Home Depot USA Inc.'s bid to nix a suit from a Chinese lighting manufacturer alleging the home improvement retail chain didn’t pay it for outdoor lighting, ruling that it failed to prove Home Depot benefited from fraud against the company.

  • February 13, 2017

    Flynn Steps Down Following Russia Sanctions Scandal

    President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has stepped down from his post amid an investigation into his alleged discussions with Russian officials regarding the lifting of sanctions, according to a copy of his resignation letter posted online Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs Duties On Chinese Oil Tubes

    The Federal Circuit on Monday shot down efforts by a Chinese exporter of oil drilling equipment to challenge anti-dumping duties leveled by the U.S. Department of Commerce, finding the agency had reasonably based its calculations on the information that was available.

  • February 13, 2017

    CVS Escapes Vitamin C 'Made In USA' Labeling Class Action

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a putative class action claiming CVS Pharmacy was selling vitamin C drops falsely labeled as made in the U.S., saying the consumer failed to show he had been harmed.

  • February 13, 2017

    Cheniere Backs DOE Approval Of LNG Exports At DC Circ.

    Cheniere Energy on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to nix challenges to the U.S. Department of Energy's approval of liquefied natural gas exports from its projects in Louisiana and Texas, saying there's no obligation to evaluate speculative climate change impacts caused by increased drilling from the projects.

  • February 13, 2017

    Trump Huddle With Trudeau Sheds No Further Light On NAFTA

    President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday concluded with broad promises to improve bilateral trade ties, but left more questions than answers regarding a full-fledged reopening of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks with Mexico.

  • February 13, 2017

    State Dept. Gives Enviro OK To Enbridge Pipeline Expansion

    The U.S. State Department on Friday gave an environmental thumbs-up to Enbridge Energy Partners' proposed expansion of a cross-border crude oil pipeline, saying that environmental consequences from the project, including climate change impacts, wouldn't be significant.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFTC Chair Demands Quick Action On USTR Nomination

    The chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council on Friday pressed Senate Finance Committee heads to move quickly in considering the nomination of attorney Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. trade representative, saying that now is not the time for an empty front row in trade negotiations.

  • February 13, 2017

    Dems Say Flynn Should Lose Clearance Over Russia Talks

    Congressional Democrats have called for President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to lose his security clearance as part of an investigation into Flynn’s alleged discussions with Russian officials regarding the lifting of sanctions, amid reports that Flynn may be on thin ice with the White House.

  • February 13, 2017

    CMA Banking Chief Says Fintech Reforms A Game-Changer

    Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority believes its unprecedented banking reform package has changed the game, and technology revolution will begin in earnest, an agency director told Law360 in an exclusive interview.

  • February 13, 2017

    Panama Pursues $210M In WTO Sanctions Against Colombia

    The government of Panama has asked to impose $210 million in annual retaliatory trade sanctions against Colombia, in response to Bogota's purported failure to comply with a World Trade Organization decision faulting its tariffs on apparel, textiles and footwear imports, according to a WTO document circulated on Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    FTC Gets Quick Settlement Over $1.5M Telemarketing Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has approved an agreement reached between the Federal Trade Commission and a Palm Harbor, Florida, company and its managing member to resolve their role supporting an India-based telemarketing scheme that bilked American consumers out of $1.5 million in less than a year.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Cayman Islands Updated Its Confidentiality Law

    Andrew Bolton

    Last year, as part of a move toward transparency, cooperation and information-sharing, the Cayman Islands replaced its 40-year-old confidentiality law with a new statute. The key change is that disclosure of confidential information is no longer a criminal offense; instead, liability is returned to the realm of common law and rules of equity, say Andrew Bolton and Jane Hale of Appleby.

  • An Analysis Of Wilbur Ross’ Stance On Trade Remedies

    Eric M. Emerson

    In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce touched on several issues relevant to the administration of U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty law — suggesting that enforcement in this area could become more aggressive, says Eric Emerson of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation On The Horizon: Part 2

    Christopher Burris

    Cybersecurity for ships, ports, terminals and offshore facilities is becoming an increasing concern for energy companies. As Congress considers relevant legislation, and agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and others begin exploring maritime cybersecurity regulations, energy firms must stay abreast of developments, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation On The Horizon: Part 1

    Christopher Burris

    Energy is one of the industries most targeted by cyberattacks. Now, maritime operations are emerging as the next frontier for cybersecurity regulation affecting the energy sector. Congress, federal agencies and international organizations are pushing cybersecurity measures for ships, ports, terminals and offshore facilities. The energy industry must prepare for regulations in this area, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • What To Look For In Trump And May's 1st Meeting

    James K. Kearney

    Among the goals of Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump in Friday's meeting at the White House will be setting a course for a future U.K.-U.S. trade deal. The policies of both leaders will be on the line, say Jim Kearney of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP and Peter Snaith of Bond Dickinson LLP.

  • Understanding Trump Pipeline Memo On US-Sourced Materials

    James Bowe, Jr.

    Among the executive orders and presidential memoranda focused on pipeline projects that President Donald Trump signed on Monday was one that called for any future pipeline work to use "materials and equipment produced in the United States." The memorandum provides some interpretive guidance, but leaves other important terms unclear, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Late Innings: Top Enviro Decisions From Final Days Of 2016

    Anthony B. Cavender

    December 2016 saw several major environmental decisions made by federal and state courts. Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers insight into these important cases and the impact they could have in 2017 and beyond.