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International Trade

  • July 11, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $740M In Missile Sales To UK, Denmark

    The U.S. State Department has approved deals worth a combined $740 million to sell medium-range air-to-air missiles and related equipment to the U.K. and Denmark, according to announcements from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

  • July 11, 2018

    Nonprofit Can't Access EU Investment Arbitration Docs

    A European Union court on Wednesday shut down an effort by an environmental law nonprofit to force the European Commission to release documents relating to the compatibility of investment arbitration and the investment court system with EU law, agreeing with the commission that doing so could weaken its negotiating position.

  • July 11, 2018

    DOD Must Clarify Review Of Foreign Tech Investors: GAO

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to clarify how it is reviewing foreign investments in emerging technologies and companies located near “critical military locations” for national security concerns, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Pushes Back Against Trump's Security-Based Tariffs

    The U.S. Senate took a preliminary step to counter the Trump administration's use of a Cold War-era law to impose sweeping tariffs Wednesday, fueling a long-running legislative push to reinstate congressional authority over trade policy.

  • July 11, 2018

    WTO China Review Turns Ugly As More US Tariffs Loom

    A World Trade Organization review of China’s trade regime gave way to a contentious scrap in Geneva on Wednesday as the Asian giant swapped blows with the United States over the Trump administration’s decision a day earlier to target $200 billion worth of Chinese exports with additional duties.

  • July 10, 2018

    'Not A Complicated Case': Kavanaugh's Straightforward Style

    There's no argle-bargle in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinions. Instead, he's made a name for himself on the D.C. Circuit with clear, concise writing.

  • July 10, 2018

    Trump Preparing To Hit China With $200B In Added Tariffs

    The Trump administration on Tuesday ratcheted up the trade war between the U.S. and China, releasing a wide-ranging $200 billion list of Chinese goods the government said it wants to hit with tariffs, from frozen fish to plastic pipes.

  • July 10, 2018

    9th Circ. Dismisses Class Actions Over Slave Labor Labeling

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday shut down six separate but related proposed consumer class actions alleging that a handful of candy and pet food companies weren’t disclosing on their labels that child slave labor is used in their supply chains, tying up loose ends left after a June decision rejecting the claims.

  • July 10, 2018

    Dems Need Unified Front To Combat Trump's High Court Pick

    U.S. Senate Democrats have launched their drive to block President Donald Trump's choice of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, but the math indicates they must make sure their party ranks hold together.

  • July 10, 2018

    5 Tips For Kavanaugh As Confirmation Gets Underway

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, has publicly shared his view that being a judge means following the law — not making it — being impartial and not acting like a jerk. Here, experts share with Law360 five tips for how he can adhere to that philosophy while navigating confirmation hearings.

  • July 10, 2018

    Switzerland Fires Rare WTO Salvo Against US Metal Tariffs

    The Trump administration’s contentious duties on steel and aluminum prompted a rare World Trade Organization challenge from Switzerland on Tuesday, marking just the fifth time the Central European country has filed a case in the 23-year history of the WTO.

  • July 10, 2018

    With Kavanaugh's Nomination, Chevron's Future Looking Grim

    Confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit jurist and conservative all-star Brett Kavanaugh, would spell further trouble for federal agencies and so-called Chevron deference, but experts predict that the pro-regulation judicial doctrine is unlikely to be overturned completely in the near future.

  • July 10, 2018

    Republican Fundraiser Says Qatar Can't Escape Hacking Suit

    A prominent Republican fundraiser on Monday urged a California federal court not to toss his suit accusing the Qatari government of authorizing the hacking of his servers as part of an alleged campaign to smear him, saying the country is not entitled to the protections of the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act.

  • July 10, 2018

    ITC Launches Probe Of Sleeper Sofa Imports From Canada

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday said it will launch a Section 337 investigation into whether imports of certain convertible sleeper sofas and their parts from Canada infringe an Ohio furniture maker's intellectual property.

  • July 10, 2018

    Tunisia Launches WTO Dispute Over Moroccan Book Duties

    Tunisia has initiated its first dispute at the World Trade Organization after shipments of its school exercise books were hit with tariffs by Morocco, which concluded that the educational material exports were being dumped and sold at unfairly low prices.

  • July 10, 2018

    US Will Impose Tariffs On Spanish Olives After ITC Green Light

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday cleared the way for new tariffs on Spanish olives after finding that the dumped and subsidized imports were posing a threat to domestic olive producers.

  • July 9, 2018

    How Kavanaugh’s Conservative Cred, DC Ties Won The Day

    In D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump turned to a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who built a reputation on the court for fighting government overreach — making him the favorite of the Republican legal establishment.

  • July 9, 2018

    Senate Battle Lines Drawn With Kavanaugh As Trump's Pick

    President Donald Trump’s announcement of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night quickly generated strong reactions across Capitol Hill as senators on both sides of the partisan divide braced for a battle over the future of the Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    5 Kavanaugh Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" when he named him Monday as his pick to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As all eyes turn to the Senate for what is expected to be a bruising confirmation process, here are the opinions to know.

  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Policy Is Changing For Technology Transfers

    Kevin O'Brien

    The Trump administration and Congress are tightening investment restrictions and export controls to address technology transfer concerns. These measures initially focus on China, but will have broader effects on investments in the United States and transfers of emerging technologies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.