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International Trade

  • May 15, 2018

    WTO Opens Door For US Retaliation In Airbus Subsidy Saga

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled Tuesday that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, opening the door for the U.S. to retaliate and closing the book on a long and winding 14-year legal saga.

  • May 14, 2018

    Attys Clash Over Plaintiffs In Chiquita Terrorism Suit

    Attorneys representing Colombian nationals in multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded Colombian paramilitaries clashed Monday, with three lawyers seeking sanctions against one other for wrongly asserting they have never met anyone from a group of 144 plaintiffs they represent, but the targeted attorney decried the motion as an intimidation tactic.

  • May 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives Patent Suit Over Drilling Waste System

    The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a patent lawsuit against Brazil’s Dynamic Air Ltda. over systems it installed on ships to transport oil drilling waste, overturning a ruling that a rival said created a blueprint for companies to avoid infringement cases.

  • May 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: EDP, ConocoPhillips, NXP

    EDP - Energias de Portugal plans on snubbing China Three Gorges Corp.’s €9.1 billion ($10.9 billion) takeover offer, ConocoPhillips is getting ready to sell its North Sea oilfields, and regulators in China have reignited their probe of Qualcomm’s bid to buy NXP Semiconductors.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Duty-Free Shop Says Gov’t Effectively Shut It Down

    A Texas duty-free shop on Friday sued the government in the U.S. Court of International Trade after U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered a change to the store's delivery procedures that it says has forced it to cease deliveries and sales.

  • May 14, 2018

    USTR Prepares For Onslaught Of China Tariff Opposition

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday announced three days’ worth of public hearings at which scores of powerful business groups are expected to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to counter China’s intellectual property practices with hefty tariffs.

  • May 14, 2018

    White House Looks To Mitigate Trump's ZTE Reversal Fallout

    President Donald Trump’s apparent decision to spare Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. after its Iran and North Korean sanctions violations sent the White House into damage control mode Monday as it stressed that the U.S. Department of Commerce would be making an “independent” decision on the matter.

  • May 14, 2018

    Commerce To Continue Probes Into Glycine Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has given the green light to the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue its anti-dumping and countervailing duties probes into glycine imports from China, India, Japan and Thailand, according to a notice published on Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    US Set To Hit Chinese Tool Chests, Flanges With New Duties

    The Trump administration will soon move ahead with duties on Chinese steel flanges and tool chests after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that the imported products are hampering domestic producers.

  • May 11, 2018

    Trump Vows Cheaper Drugs 'Very Soon,' But That's Unlikely

    President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked numerous proposals to ease drug prices and promised that consumers will benefit “very soon,” but the proposals are so vague and preliminary that major short-term relief is unlikely, experts say.

  • May 11, 2018

    DC Circ. Grounds Union Hopes To Halt Norwegian Air Permit

    The DC Circuit has dampened the hopes of a group of airline unions, ruling Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation had no reason to deny a foreign air carrier permit to a Norwegian Air subsidiary.

  • May 11, 2018

    Congress Again Angles For A Check On Trump's Trade Power

    A bipartisan quartet of lawmakers unveiled new legislation on Thursday that would create a process for Congress to block new trade moves from the White House in an attempt to reclaim some of the trade power that the legislature has delegated to the executive branch.

  • May 11, 2018

    SEC's Och-Ziff Suit Put On Hold For Criminal Case

    At the request of government prosecutors, a New York federal judge largely paused a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case against two former executives of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC on Friday so that a related criminal case can play out.

  • May 11, 2018

    Chinese Steel Wheels Hurting US Producers, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that there was “reasonable indication” that imports of Chinese steel wheels are significantly hurting U.S. producers, giving the go-ahead to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty probes.

  • May 11, 2018

    Treasury Mulling Intermediate Sales Quandary On TCJA

    The U.S. Treasury Department is looking into whether incentives for exports in the recent federal tax overhaul apply to transactions that are required to go through an intermediary, such as arms sales to foreign buyers, an official said at a conference Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    Chinese Real Estate Magnate Gets 4 Years For UN Bribes

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng to four years in prison Friday for paying $1.3 million in bribes to enlist diplomatic support for his effort to build a massive United Nations convention center in Macau.

  • May 10, 2018

    Chamber Of Commerce Taps Hughes Hubbard Partner For GC

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it has hired a former U.S. attorney and current partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP to serve as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.

  • May 10, 2018

    Trump To Unveil 4-Point Plan For Curbing Drug Prices

    President Donald Trump on Friday will target drug prices with a four-point plan intended to boost the negotiating power of private Medicare plans, reduce list prices, ease out-of-pocket costs and tackle “freeloading” by countries that more aggressively limit prices, according to senior administration officials.

  • May 10, 2018

    Chinese Developer Denied Retrial After UN Bribery Conviction

    Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was convicted of bribing two former United Nations diplomats, will not receive a new trial, nor will he get his wish for a key government witness to be investigated, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • May 10, 2018

    Iran Deal Exit To Cast Shadow Over Future Negotiations

    President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal has cast the U.S. as an unreliable ally and negotiator in the eyes of both allies and adversaries, and the effects on future international deals will be hard to shake, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • OFAC License For Rusal Wind-Down Shows Flexible Approach

    Anthony Rapa

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a license authorizing the winding down of business with a Russian aluminum company targeted by recent sanctions. The terms of the license reflect a potentially flexible approach from the Trump administration regarding the latest round of sanctions designations, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Cos. Must Meet Evolving Sanctions Compliance Challenges

    Michael Mann

    The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has announced its intention to police a broad array of potential interactions with sanctioned parties that cannot reliably be captured through traditional due diligence. Effective sanctions compliance means proactively identifying risks that may involve entities and persons not directly party to a transaction, say Michael Mann and Jamie Schafer of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. 

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Blue States' Deduction Strategies

    Gary Botwinick

    What do you do when it seems that Washington is out to get you? If you are a lawmaker or governor in New York, California, New Jersey or any of several other blue states that relies on significant income or property taxes to pay your state’s bills, you get creative, says Gary Botwinick of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Beware Anti-Boycott Violations On Shipping Documents

    Berne Kluber

    In 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Antiboycott Compliance brought in the largest number of settlements in five years. With many of the charges related to requests for clauses in shipping certificates, companies should note the potential penalties for including certain language in documents, says Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Counterfeit Cosmetics: Fake Beauty, Real Danger

    Aliza Karetnick

    In the age of e-commerce, counterfeit cosmetics present a growing challenge — not only do they pose significant health risks to consumers, but they raise serious legal concerns for brand manufacturers, distributors and retailers, say Aliza Karetnick and Kelly Bonner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Antitrust Damages Analysis Can Respect International Comity

    Pian Chen

    A controversial issue argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court was whether the Second Circuit should have given complete deference to a declaration that price-fixing by two vitamin C manufacturers was required by Chinese law. When a foreign government’s regulation is exempt, measuring damages attributable only to the cartel respects international comity while also recognizing how foreign cartels can harm U.S. customers, say members of Monument Economics Group.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.