International Trade

  • April 20, 2017

    Feds Want 9 Years For Head Of Counterfeit 5-Hour Energy Plot

    A wholesale distribution company owner who pled guilty to running a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks should serve nine years in prison and pay more than half a million dollars in restitution to the drink’s maker, Innovation Ventures LLC, California federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2017

    Aussie Regulator's Food Safety System Is Comparable: FDA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced that it has signed an agreement with an Australian regulator recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable, a move the Australian government has said will make its exporters preferred suppliers of safe food to the U.S.

  • April 20, 2017

    WTO Staffing Shortage Stonewalls US-Canada Paper Dispute

    The World Trade Organization panel currently reviewing a complaint from Canada against U.S. duties on glossy specialty paper has been forced to delay its decision in the case due to a shortage of legal staff in Geneva, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • April 20, 2017

    US Opens Rare Security-Focused Steel Probe

    The Trump administration reached deep into its bag of trade enforcement tools Thursday as it announced a new investigation of steel imports through a rarely used trade law that allows the U.S. to impose tariffs if it decides that a flood of foreign goods poses a threat to national security.

  • April 19, 2017

    Census Bureau Issues Final Rule On Export Reporting

    The U.S. Census Bureau has updated its rules to reflect a new system that allows exporters and importers to use a single electronic portal to send documentation to all relevant enforcement agencies, replacing what had been a duplicative and cumbersome process.

  • April 19, 2017

    EU Regulator Says Trump Mum On 'Privacy Shield' Pledges

    The European data protection supervisor said Wednesday that he is still "waiting for a phone call" from the Trump administration about whether and how officials will continue to adhere to commitments regarding government surveillance that the prior administration made last year to secure the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data transfer agreement.

  • April 19, 2017

    Commerce Must Redo Bad Math On Chinese Glycine Duties

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge sent the U.S. Department of Commerce back to the drawing board Wednesday with orders to reconsider some of the faulty methodology and comparisons used to reduce a Chinese glycine exporter's anti-dumping duties from 453.79 to 64.97 percent.

  • April 19, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Food Fights Come To The Fore

    In Law360's latest review of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, the U.S. and India remain at loggerheads over a dispute about India's poultry import ban while other agricultural disputes involving Europe, China and Russia all lurched toward conclusion.

  • April 19, 2017

    Suniva Gets DIP Cash To Fund Solar Cell Trade Petition

    Solar cell maker Suniva Inc. received court approval Wednesday in Delaware to draw $1.4 million in post-petition cash that will help fund its pursuit of a U.S. International Trade Commission recommendation aimed at protecting American solar cell firms from a flood of cheaper foreign imports.

  • April 19, 2017

    Aussie Co. Takes $1.4B Chevron LNG Jetty Suit To 9th Circ.

    An Australian contractor alleging Chevron shortchanged it by AU$1.8 billion ($1.39 billion) on a AU$3.4 billion liquefied natural gas jetty project has urged the Ninth Circuit to nix a California federal judge’s decision to pause the case pending arbitration, arguing that Chevron is just trying to delay litigation.

  • April 19, 2017

    La-Z-Boy, Others Sue Gov't To Cough Up Duty Interest

    Several units of La-Z-Boy Inc. and other domestic furniture producers blasted the federal government for withholding interest payments that they say they are due from anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese bedroom furniture, in a federal suit on Tuesday.

  • April 19, 2017

    Energy Co. Seeks Help From NY Court In Australia Arbitration

    A Florida-based power-generating company has initiated an arbitration against Australia over the alleged improper taking of its interest in a power facility, according to documents filed in New York federal court Tuesday, and it's asking for assistance in obtaining certain relevant evidence.

  • April 19, 2017

    ITC Signs Off On South Korean Steel Component Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission gave the final go-ahead Wednesday for tariffs on a South Korean iron alloy used in the production of steel, concluding that U.S. industry is “materially injured” from the less-than-fair-value importation of ferrovanadium.

  • April 19, 2017

    Trump Admin. Rethinking Iran Nuke Deal Sanctions Relief

    The Trump administration may reverse course on the easing of sanctions against Iran promised under the deal to curb that country’s nuclear ambitions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Tuesday even as he certified to Congress that the Islamic Republic has so far kept up its end of the bargain.

  • April 19, 2017

    Vowing Big NAFTA Changes, Trump Rips Fast-Track Process

    President Donald Trump promised major changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement Tuesday in a departure from the administration’s preliminary plans for the deal and also expressed frustration over his requirement to consult with lawmakers under Trade Promotion Authority.

  • April 18, 2017

    Tyson Can’t Escape Deceptive Labeling Suit, 9th Circ. Told

    Tyson Foods and Big Heart Pet Brands can’t take advantage of exceptions made to a newly amended “Made in the U.S.A.” law in California, a pet food purchaser told the Ninth Circuit, arguing in a putative class action that the changes shouldn’t be applied retroactively to products she already bought.

  • April 18, 2017

    Cases Targeting Puerto Rico's Import Tariff Consolidated

    Several challenges to the Puerto Rican Port Authority’s security fees for imports were joined together in the island's federal court last week as food distributors, tire companies and others seek to overturn what they call an illegal tariff system.

  • April 18, 2017

    Federal Contractors Bear Brunt Of 'Buy American' Crackdown

    President Donald Trump's Tuesday executive order ramping up enforcement of "Buy American" laws is likely to create significant headaches for federal contractors, increasing their compliance costs, potentially restricting their supplier pools and likely leading to increased bid protests and False Claims Act disputes.

  • April 18, 2017

    Commerce Slaps 111 Percent Duty On Chinese Wood Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday made a preliminary determination that Chinese hardwood plywood exporters were selling unfairly subsidized products in the United States, a decision that could impact more than $1 billion in sales in the U.S.

  • April 18, 2017

    Alaska Seeks FERC Approval Of $45B LNG Project

    Alaska's pipeline development agency on Monday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the green light to construct a $45 billion liquefied natural gas export and pipeline project, a massive endeavor the state is largely pursuing alone after oil giants BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips stepped back from the project last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • How Terror Group Label For IRGC Could Impact Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    The Trump administration recently floated the idea of designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. This could seriously impact sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal, because it would make any business dealings with a company owned or controlled by senior IRGC officers — as up to 200 Iranian companies may be — a potential crime, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Why Shippers See Value In Cayman Special Purpose Vehicles

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    The Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, and big losses at a major shipping lender, point to a shipping market where traditional bank finance is increasingly hard to come by. Cayman Islands orphan special purpose vehicles offer an alternative for enforcement as well as for new leasing deals. Andy Randall and Edward Rhind of Walkers Global explain how these structures can add efficiency and value.

  • From Exit Threats To Tiny Tweaks: What's Next For NAFTA?

    Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor

    The North American Free Trade Agreement is too important to the Mexican economy for Mexico to give up its free-trade access to the United States without a fight. Even if Mexico would prefer that the agreement remain as written, giving up trade concessions would be a much better option than risking a potential recession, say members of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • What Happens When State Becomes The Enterprise In ISDS?

    Stephanie Hunt

    Although President Trump has pulled the plug on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and wishes to renegotiate NAFTA, there is no evidence he is against investor-state dispute settlement clauses themselves. We may gain insight into the president's future approach toward ISDS through an investment arbitration left on the White House's table, says Stephanie Hunt of Corrs Chambers Westgarth.