International Trade

  • April 18, 2017

    Qualcomm Says It Made Efforts To Comply With FCPA

    Telecommunications giant Qualcomm Inc. told a Delaware state court judge Tuesday that its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program, while ultimately insufficient, was executed in a good faith effort to prevent violations of the act.

  • April 18, 2017

    ITA Imposes Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Refrigerant

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration announced Tuesday it is leveling anti-dumping duties on imports of refrigerant from China, following a finding from the U.S. International Trade Commission that the product is sold at less than fair value in the U.S.

  • April 18, 2017

    UK’s May Calls For Early General Election On June 8

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election on June 8, adding new uncertainty to U.K. banks and businesses planning for their country's exit from the European Union.

  • April 17, 2017

    Biz Optimism Is Waning With Trump Inaction On Tax Reform

    Businesses that entered 2017 with a high degree of optimism for the prospects of tax reform are now feeling increasingly uncertain following President Donald Trump's latest decision to once again put tax reform on hold while going back to reworking health care policies.

  • April 17, 2017

    Trump To Push 'Buy American, Hire American' In New Order

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday to support his “Buy American” and “Hire American” pushes, including a significant overhaul to the H-1B guest-worker visa program and stricter enforcement of domestic procurement preferences, as well as the potential renegotiation of a number of trade treaties.

  • April 17, 2017

    Oblon Adds Patent Partner From Cadwalader

    Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP has added a former partner from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP to its litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board trial practices, according to the firm.

  • April 17, 2017

    Euronet Questions Ant Financial’s $1.2B MoneyGram Buy

    Euronet on Monday called into question rival suitor Ant Financial’s ability to seal its recently increased $1.2 billion takeover of Texas-based MoneyGram, contending that the Chinese buyer is poised to face pressure from national security regulators and “may never close.”

  • April 17, 2017

    Turkish Co. Hit With $8M Verdict In Hep A Pomegranate Suit

    A California federal jury on Friday found Turkish food company Goknur AS and its U.S. subsidiary, United Juice Corp, on the hook for $8 million in damages related to hepatitis A-contaminated pomegranate seeds the company provided to a pomegranate supplier and Oregon food distributor.

  • April 17, 2017

    CFIUS Clears Sibanye's $2.2B Stillwater Mining Buy

    Colorado-based Stillwater Mining Co. said Monday that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States found no outstanding security issues in its review of South African gold producer Sibanye’s planned $2.2 billion acquisition of the company.

  • April 17, 2017

    Eastman Chemical Accused Of Selling Faulty Window Tint

    A South Korean distributor of tinted window film from Eastman Chemical Corp. sued it in New York federal court Saturday, alleging the company sold its Suntek brand of automotive tinted window film despite knowing it was defective after a key ingredient was removed.

  • April 17, 2017

    High Court Skips Appeal Over Solar Co.'s $950M Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a bankrupt solar panel producer’s bid to revive its $950 million antitrust suit against three Chinese solar panel companies.

  • April 17, 2017

    ITA Sticks With Thai Surrogate For Chinese Hanger Dumping

    The U.S. Department of Commerce again used Thailand as a surrogate to figure cost inputs for a Chinese wire hanger maker in calculating a 23.09 percent anti-dumping duty for 2014-15, according to Monday’s Federal Register, even while a similar finding from the year before is still under dispute.

  • April 17, 2017

    Judge Imposes $2.6B FCPA Fine On Odebrecht

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Monday ordered engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA to pay $2.6 billion to the governments of Brazil, the U.S. and Switzerland for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in what prosecutors have called the “largest foreign bribery case in history.”

  • April 17, 2017

    White House Takes First Steps In Trade Deficit Probe

    The Trump administration put its plan to investigate the causes of U.S. trade deficits into motion on Monday, scheduling a May 18 hearing to gather information for a report that will be used to guide the next phase of U.S. trade policy.

  • April 17, 2017

    Halal Food Co. Founder, Son Lose Appeal Over False Exports

    The founder of a halal food company and his son lost their attempt to overturn convictions tied to mislabeled halal exports Friday, as an Eighth Circuit panel tossed arguments that Congress had meant only for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pursue mislabeled food violations.

  • April 14, 2017

    Trump Taps Ex-Im Bank Critic To Head Agency

    President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate a former Republican congressman from New Jersey to head the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the credit agency whose reauthorization the ex-lawmaker opposed while in Congress, calling it a “corporate welfare program.”

  • April 14, 2017

    Wal-Mart Fights Investor Bid For Privileged Corruption Docs

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked an Arkansas federal judge on Thursday to refuse investors' request for secret documents related to an internal corruption probe at the retailer's Mexican unit, saying the frustrated plaintiffs are trying to “piggyback” on work Wal-Mart's attorneys did in anticipation of lawsuits.

  • April 14, 2017

    Commerce, CIT Uphold 0% Dumping Rate On Thai Wire Co.

    The Court of International Trade sustained the Department of Commerce’s redetermination of a dumping rate on a Thai steel wire producer that stayed at 0 percent Thursday after the court had previously directed Commerce to rework its technically flawed initial ruling.

  • April 14, 2017

    $256M Spent On Enforcing Free Trade Deals, GAO Says

    The U.S. government spent roughly $256 million to enforce its various free trade agreements in 2016, with the majority of those funds going toward the oversight of labor and environmental provisions within those agreements, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report issued Thursday.

  • April 14, 2017

    WTO Projects Trade Growth But Uncertain Policy Climate

    The World Trade Organization has predicted an uptick in global merchandise trade over the next two years after a disappointing 2016, but said that uncertainty over the effect of government actions on short-term monetary and trade policy has the potential to hinder that growth.

Expert Analysis

  • ITC False Ad Decision Shows The Breadth Of Section 337

    Beau Jackson

    The U.S. International Trade Commission’s recent decision in Certain Woven Textile Fabrics highlights the advantages of using Section 337 to combat a variety of harmful imports, not just those associated with intellectual property infringement, say Beau Jackson and Michael Doman of Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.