International Trade

  • March 14, 2018

    Indian Export Subsidies Draw WTO Fire From US

    The United States has requested a dispute settlement consultation at the World Trade Organization challenging Indian export subsidies, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    White House Names Kudlow New Top Economic Adviser

    The White House said Wednesday that Lawrence Kudlow, a conservative economic commentator, will replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser following Cohn’s decision last week to resign as director of the National Economic Council.

  • March 14, 2018

    House Weighs Export Controls, National Security At Hearing

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs during a hearing on Wednesday fielded comments and advice from former government officials on how best to update export control regulations and foreign investment reviews that would both protect national security and help maintain economic advantages.

  • March 14, 2018

    Would-Be Arms Dealer Gets 25 Years For Iran Missile Ploy

    A former electrical engineer convicted of trying to sell surface-to-air missiles and military aircraft parts to the Iranian government was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison, despite his claims he was actually trying to expose the regime as a violator of international law.

  • March 14, 2018

    US Tax Law Boosting Global Economy, For Now, OECD Says

    The U.S. tax overhaul and a federal spending increase are key factors behind an uptick in the global economy, but rising trade protectionism could undermine growth, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • March 14, 2018

    Takata Hit With Price-Fixing Charges By South Africa

    South Africa’s competition authority has charged Takata Corp. with price-fixing in connection with BMW, Honda and Toyota auto parts contracts, the latest in a string of antitrust cases against the embattled Japanese company around the globe.

  • March 14, 2018

    No End In Sight For US-Mexico Tuna Label WTO Battle

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body turmoil has swallowed up the long-running U.S.-Mexico dispute over “dolphin safe” tuna labeling regulations, as a document circulated Wednesday revealed that the appeals panel will not issue a final ruling in the case on time.

  • March 14, 2018

    CIT OKs Commerce Ruling On Chinese Glycine Duties

    The Court of International Trade on Tuesday sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's remand redetermination in the 2013-2014 administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on glycine from China after domestic glycine producers asked for another review of the determination.

  • March 14, 2018

    Broadcom Ends Pursuit Of Qualcomm Following Trump Block

    Broadcom Ltd. on Wednesday said it will no longer pursue its $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm Inc., ending a four-month struggle between the two sides just days after President Donald Trump blocked the deal on national security grounds.

  • March 14, 2018

    EU Lawmakers Say No Special Trade Deal For UK Firms

    The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to offer the U.K. a trade agreement without any special access for financial services or other industries after the nation leaves the European Union.

  • March 13, 2018

    Arbitrators Say $52M Mill Claim Against Canada Can Proceed

    A Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal has ruled that it has jurisdiction to consider an American paper company’s CA$70 million ($52.3 million) North American Free Trade Agreement claim alleging Nova Scotia improperly helped revive a local competitor's paper mill, finding that the benefits the province offered were "close to the line" but may have adversely affected investors in the product’s small market.

  • March 13, 2018

    Bill To Undo Metal Tariffs 'Highly Unlikely,' McConnell Says

    A day after Republican senators unveiled a bill to reverse the Trump administration’s pending tariffs on steel and aluminum duties, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that tackling the tariffs through legislation is “highly unlikely” at this point.

  • March 13, 2018

    Maryland Co. To Pay $2M Penalty For Bribing Russian

    Maryland-based Transport Logistics International Inc. has agreed to pay a $2 million criminal penalty to resolve charges it bribed an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp. to win contracts to ship uranium to the U.S., according to a Department of Justice announcement Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Senate Confirms BigLaw Vet For Commerce Trade Post

    The Senate confirmed Gilbert Kaplan to serve as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s top trade enforcement official late Tuesday, nearly a year after President Donald Trump nominated the former King & Spalding LLP partner to join the agency.

  • March 13, 2018

    3 Takeaways From Broadcom's Blocked $117B Qualcomm Bid

    Broadcom's hostile $117 billion takeover campaign for Qualcomm was halted by President Donald Trump due to national security concerns, marking the first time a non-Chinese buyer faced a presidential decision and suggesting that some competition woes worked their way into the interagency committee's analysis. Here, Law360 outlines three major takeaways from the executive order ending the proposed deal.

  • March 13, 2018

    New Balance 'Made In USA' Suit Halted Pending Settlement

    A California federal judge on Tuesday halted a proposed class action alleging New Balance Athletics Inc. falsely labels its shoes as “Made in the USA,” after the parties said they had reached a settlement that will be filed in early April.

  • March 13, 2018

    Tillerson Fired, CIA's Pompeo Tapped To Head State Dept.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a long and public falling out between the two men over the direction of the nation's foreign policy, taking to Twitter to announce his plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson as the country's top diplomat. 

  • March 13, 2018

    Tariffs, Global Blowback Will Cost 495K Jobs, Report Warns

    The Trump administration’s forthcoming tariffs on steel and aluminum and likely retaliation from U.S. trading partners could shed upward of 495,000 jobs in the services, manufacturing and farm sectors, according to a report released Friday by the Washington, D.C.-based analytical firm Trade Partnership Worldwide LLC.

  • March 13, 2018

    Italian Steel Pipe Fittings Weren't Dumped, Commerce Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has found that imports of Italian stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings were not being sold at less than normal value, the agency said in preliminary results of an administrative review published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

  • March 12, 2018

    Syngenta Agrees To Pay $1.5B To End Corn GMO Class Claims

    Syngenta AG has agreed to a $1.51 billion settlement in the nationwide class action over its genetically modified corn seed, with classes of farmers in all but four of the sprawling multidistrict litigation’s cases asking a Kansas federal judge for preliminary approval Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Why Blockchain’s Impact On The Retail Sector Is Growing

    Scott Kimpel

    Retail and consumer products companies can no longer afford to ignore blockchain as a passing trend. From tracing the source of a defective item, to verifying products' authenticity, to simplifying international shipping, to streamlining consumer loyalty programs, blockchain is increasingly becoming a valuable tool, say Scott Kimpel and Mayme Beth Donohue of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Meditate On The Clause

    Ambassador David Huebner

    I have often suggested at arbitration conferences that the writing of any more articles on how to draft an arbitration clause should be outlawed. Yet, as an arbitrator, I continue to encounter cases in which inartfully drafted dispute resolution clauses cause confusion. At the risk of contributing to the scourge of online clutter, I will share a few brief thoughts on clause misfires, says David Huebner, a JAMS panelist and former U... (continued)

  • CFIUS Scrutiny Of Foreign Acquisitions Intensifies

    John Barker

    The environment for foreign investment in the United States is shifting. Most recently, the Chinese acquisition of MoneyGram was derailed after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States rejected proposals offered to try to mitigate national security concerns. At the same time, U.S. legislation to enhance CFIUS controls seems to be gaining momentum, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Cos. Take Note: Singapore Plans Deferred Prosecutions

    Daniel Chia

    The government of Singapore recently announced that it may implement a deferred prosecution agreement framework, similar to those under the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act. Corporations doing business in Asia should review policies and procedures against illegal activity, say Daniel Chia and Kenneth Kong of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Movements Without Motion In Russian Sanctions Policy

    Fatema Merchant

    Current sanctions appear not to deter Russian bad behavior. And the much anticipated oligarchs list appears to have been cribbed from someone else’s homework. Taking the two together, one begins to suspect that the Trump administration, without a further push from Congress or world events, will continue to resist ratcheting up Russia sanctions, say members of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • TCJA Will Affect Foreign Investments In US Real Estate

    Brad Wagner

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last December has significant ramifications for foreign investors utilizing the blocker corporation structure. Moving forward, tax planning and tax projections for the life of a deal will be required to minimize income taxes, say Brad Wagner and Justin Wood of Wagner Duys & Wood LLLP.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.