International Trade

  • March 14, 2017

    Lawmakers Clear UK Gov't To Start Formal Brexit Talks

    British Parliament late Monday cleared the final hurdle for Britain's government to formally launch talks to leave the European Union, amid growing unease that future Brexit negotiations may not produce a deal giving U.K. banks and businesses free access to the EU single market.

  • March 13, 2017

    EU, Southeast Asia Eye Broad Trade Deal

    The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have promised renewed efforts to hammer out a broad free trade agreement between the two regions, in addition to the one-country-at-a-time approach pursued since wider talks stalled nearly a decade ago.

  • March 13, 2017

    Wal-Mart Investors Seek Sanctions In Mexico Bribe Case

    A group of investors in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that says the company lied to shareholders about bribery at its Mexican unit asked an Arkansas federal judge on Friday to slap the company with sanctions for refusing to provide investigatory documents it was ordered to turn over.

  • March 13, 2017

    US Procurement Market More Open Than Other Nations: GAO

    The Government Accountability Office revealed Monday that the U.S. has opened its public procurement markets to foreign competition at a greater clip than many of its partners and stressed that much of the recordkeeping surrounding such government contracts must be dramatically improved.

  • March 13, 2017

    ITC Opens Dumping Probe On Australian Silicon Metal

    The U.S. International Trade Commission responded to an industry petition Monday with new investigations into allegations that Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Norway illegally subsidize their silicon metal industry or that companies from those countries are selling their wares into the United States at below fair market value.

  • March 13, 2017

    CIT Nixes Furniture Cos.' Duty Fraud Case Against Commerce

    U.S. furniture manufacturers cannot compel the U.S. Department of Commerce to reopen an anti-dumping investigation to deliver findings that could impose additional penalties on a Chinese importer, the U.S. Court of International Trade found Monday, saying the manufacturers lack standing to bring the case.

  • March 13, 2017

    China Ready To Intensify Dumping Methodology Battle At WTO

    China will soon take its World Trade Organization case over the European Union’s refusal to label Beijing a “market economy” in dumping probes to the next phase, documents released Friday show, and a nearly identical row with the U.S. may soon proceed on the same track.

  • March 13, 2017

    No Market Access Without Free Migration, Ex-EU Official Says

    The European Union’s strong link between open access for U.K. financial services to the EU market and the free movement of people will give the bloc's negotiators the upper hand in upcoming Brexit talks, a former senior European Commission trade official warned in a report published Sunday.

  • March 10, 2017

    ITA Modifies Dumping Margins On South Korean Transformers

    The Department of Commerce International Trade Administration has revised dumping margins for imports of South Korean large power transformers, according to a notice scheduled for publication in Monday's Federal Register.

  • March 10, 2017

    Ex-Ambassador Asks 2nd Circ. To Save Venezuelan Bribe Suit

    In a bid to resuscitate his bribery suit against two Venezuelan businessmen, an attorney for a former U.S. ambassador argued before a Second Circuit panel on Friday that the defendants had enough links to New York for the case to proceed.

  • March 10, 2017

    Chinese Food Additive Co. Sues US Over Dumping Duty

    A Chinese producer of xanthan gum complained Thursday to the U.S. Court of International Trade that the U.S. Commerce Department unfairly ruled it had used a mirage of a middle man to skirt a higher anti-dumping duty on the food and cosmetics additive.

  • March 10, 2017

    US, Mexico Pledge New Effort To Clear Sugar Trade Impasse

    Officials from the U.S. and Mexico announced Friday that they have renewed their efforts to resolve issues with sugar trade agreements between the two countries after U.S. companies raised red flags over alleged flaws in a deal that halted U.S. trade probes into Mexican sugar imports.

  • March 10, 2017

    Judge Nixes UN Bribery Suspect's Bid To Block Key Evidence

    A Manhattan federal judge has denied a bid by Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng to restrict evidence that has yet to be produced by federal prosecutors looking to convict the real estate developer of bribing United Nations officials, following weeks of both sides trading barbs.

  • March 10, 2017

    WTO Will Decide S. Korea-Japan Valve Row Later This Year

    A testy dispute between South Korea and Japan over Seoul’s tariffs on Japanese pneumatic transmission valves used in cars and certain electronics will be decided later this year, according to a World Trade Organization document circulated on Thursday.

  • March 10, 2017

    Mexico Likely Eyeing NAFTA Update Instead Of Full Restart

    As the likelihood of a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement looms large and the scope of any new talks remains up in the air, former Mexican official Antonio Ortiz-Mena told Law360 that Mexico will most likely push for an update of the current deal rather than a complete teardown.

  • March 10, 2017

    DOJ To Continue FCPA Pilot Program While Reviewing Results

    A U.S. Department of Justice official said on Friday that the agency's pilot program that encourages companies to proactively disclose and remediate potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations will not expire in April but will continue while the agency considers the program's record and how it could be tweaked.

  • March 9, 2017

    Co. Says ZTE Can't Hide $892M Fine From Patent Row

    An audio coding patent licenser suing ZTE Corp. for patent infringement urged a Texas federal judge Thursday not to impose a cone of silence around the Chinese telecommunications giant's $892 million settlement with the Trump administration for violating U.S. sanctions, arguing the company's lies must be shown at trial.

  • March 9, 2017

    White House Prepares To Shut Down USTR Waiver Fight

    The White House has voiced its opposition to a rule requiring a congressional waiver to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. trade representative, reaching back to a 1996 Office of Legal Counsel opinion declaring the rule unconstitutional.

  • March 9, 2017

    Japan Moves For WTO Panel In Indian Steel Safeguards Fight

    Japan has requested a dispute resolution panel before the World Trade Organization over its challenge against safeguard duty measures that India imposed on steel imports, media reports said Thursday. 

  • March 9, 2017

    Aluminum Association Asks For Dumping Duties On China

    The U.S.-based Aluminum Association is stepping up its criticism of Chinese government aluminum foil imports that undercut American competitors with an announcement Thursday that the trade organization has made its first ever formal request for new duties to counter China's allegedly illegal subsidies to its domestic industry.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Obiang Case Exposes Limits Of Forfeiture Efforts

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    The case against Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang is severing diplomatic relations between France and Equatorial Guinea for no benefit to the Equatorial Guinea people. Along the way, France seems to be lecturing the rulers of a formal colonial country, while not cleaning its own house, says Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • Waive Goodbye: How Trump Might Attack The Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump attacked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But he suggested that rather than tearing the deal up, he would seek to improve it. One possible approach would be to engage in brinksmanship related to the statutory sanctions waivers President Obama issued in implementing the deal, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • When Personal Jurisdiction And Alter Ego Collide

    Beth Rose

    The increasing number of foreign entities with U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiaries virtually guarantees that issues of personal jurisdiction are not going away anytime soon. When a party seeks to support its jurisdictional argument against a foreign entity on grounds that the U.S. subsidiary is the alter ego of its parent, it presents a new wrinkle to an already complicated issue, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Preparing For DOJ's International Investigations

    Lara Kroop Delamarre

    It is not unreasonable to fear a possible investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice regardless of the nationality, location or business of a company or individual. The DOJ not only has the determination and resources to pursue white collar cases worldwide, but it has the benefit of increasing international cooperation, says Lara Kroop Delamarre of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.