International Trade

  • March 8, 2018

    GOP Still Crying Foul On Trump's Softened Metal Tariffs

    The Trump administration’s efforts to soften the blow of its impending tariffs on steel and aluminum did little to quiet cries of opposition within its own party on Thursday, as Republican leaders flocked to denounce the aggressive enforcement maneuver as a blow to the economy.

  • March 8, 2018

    FDA Says European Shellfish As Safe As United States'

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that the wheels are in motion to allow shellfish to be traded between the U.S. and Europe for the first time in years, after determining that European shellfish is as safe as American.

  • March 8, 2018

    Trump Inks 'Flexible' Steel, Aluminum Tariff Order

    President Donald Trump forged ahead with his controversial tariffs on imported steel and aluminum Thursday, stressing the need to shield U.S. security interests while also exempting Canada and Mexico and allowing other allies to earn relief from the duties.

  • March 8, 2018

    Toilet Paper Holders Were Entitled To Be Duty-Free, CIT Says

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday said that a bathroom fixtures company’s toilet paper holders were entitled to duty-free treatment, finding the government’s arguments to classify the paper holders under a dutiable provision “unpersuasive.”

  • March 7, 2018

    House Republicans Implore Trump To Narrow Metals Tariffs

    A group of 107 House Republicans, led by the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, encouraged President Donald Trump in a letter on Wednesday to narrow the stiff global tariffs on imported aluminum and steel he promised last week in order to minimize the negative effects on American businesses and consumers.

  • March 7, 2018

    Pharma Co. Tells CIT Its Drugs Are Made In U.S., Not India

    A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company that sells a generic version of the cholesterol drug Crestor to the federal government asked Tuesday that the Court of International Trade determine that the drug is manufactured in the U.S. and not India, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection attests.

  • March 7, 2018

    Funds Fight To Keep Odebrecht Bond Fraud Suit Alive

    Investment firm DoubleLine Capital LP and its funds have asked a Manhattan federal judge to reject an effort by scandal-wracked Brazilian builder Odebrecht to dismiss their fraud suit, saying they lost millions when Odebrecht’s bribery-centric business strategy came to light.

  • March 7, 2018

    3 Potential Roadblocks To Trump's Impending Tariffs

    As President Donald Trump prepares to set stiff tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, his opponents both within the U.S. and abroad have been scrambling for ways to mitigate the damage or stop the president in his tracks. Here, Law360 breaks down potential tripping points for the administration’s latest trade enforcement power play.

  • March 7, 2018

    NAFTA Tribunal Nixes US Energy Co.'s Claims Against Canada

    Canada prevailed Tuesday in a $183 million North American Free Trade Agreement arbitration initiated by U.S. renewable energy and forest products company Mercer International Inc. over alleged regulatory discrimination relating to the buying and selling of electricity.

  • March 7, 2018

    There Are ‘No Winners’ In Trade War, EU Official Says

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Wednesday announced that the EU was prepared to “take measures” if President Donald Trump went through with his plan to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, warning that a trade war would have “no winners.”

  • March 7, 2018

    4th Circ. Mostly Backs BAE In F-16 Deal Dispute With S. Korea

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday rejected South Korea’s claims against a BAE Systems unit over a U.S. government-led cost increase on an F-16 upgrade deal, ruling they would undermine the Foreign Military Sales system, but refused to impose an injunction preventing it from pursuing the case in its own courts.

  • March 7, 2018

    HKIAC, Russian Center Ink Deal To Promote Int'l Arbitration

    The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre on Wednesday revealed an agreement with a Russian arbitral institution that will deepen existing ties between the jurisdictions and provide a path for them to promote international arbitration and other dispute resolution options.

  • March 7, 2018

    Bancomext Sues M&G In Ch. 11, Probes $550M Transfers

    Mexico's Bancomext export-import bank launched a Delaware bankruptcy court suit against M&G USA Corp., its parent and affiliates on Wednesday, accusing them of fraudulently shifting as much as $550 million from nondebtor plants in Mexico to a giant plastics complex in Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • March 7, 2018

    3 Unexpected Ways CFIUS Reviews Can Be Triggered

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States can impose remedies on or block or unwind transactions it finds to have national security concerns, but its broad definition of control could spur scrutiny in situations that may be surprising to companies.

  • March 7, 2018

    $41M Ecotourism Arbitration Paused For Time-Bar Issue

    A Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal has postponed ruling on new evidence that the Dominican Republic said proves an American couple's $41.5 million claim against the country for allegedly obstructing their gated community's ecotourism expansion was time-barred, so the parties can address the new twist in the case.

  • March 7, 2018

    Rio Tinto, Ex-Execs Urge Toss Of SEC Suit Over Coal Flop

    Mining giant Rio Tinto and two former executives accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of defrauding investors about a coal mining project in Mozambique have asked a Manhattan federal judge to dismiss the case, saying they didn’t mislead the shareholders.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ex-ITC Lawyer Returns To Agency As Judge

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it has appointed an administrative law judge who once argued on behalf of the agency in the Federal Circuit case known as Suprema, which gave the ITC authority to hear cases on induced infringement.

  • March 7, 2018

    Broadcom Aims To Calm CFIUS Woes With 5G R&D Plan

    Broadcom on Wednesday promised to continue research and development efforts in 5G technologies if its $117 billion bid for Qualcomm goes through, in an effort to alleviate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ concerns that the tie-up would harm national security.

  • March 6, 2018

    Experts Urge Delicate Approach On NAFTA, Tariffs

    The chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric Company and the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas told energy industry leaders on Tuesday evening that while the North American Free Trade Agreement is in need of tweaks and upgrades, it's something that should be done carefully.

  • March 6, 2018

    Senate Confirms Skadden Partner For USTR Leadership Team

    The Senate approved a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner to serve in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday, filling the last deputy slot to assist USTR Robert Lighthizer in crafting U.S. trade policy.

Expert Analysis

  • Del. Walmart Ruling Might Bring New Derivative Strategies

    Jonathan Richman

    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in a Walmart derivative suit should enhance defendants' ability to obtain dismissal of duplicative derivative actions on preclusion grounds. The ruling might also cause plaintiffs to take steps to appear in multiple forums to avoid preclusion risks, says Jonathan Richman, co-head of the securities litigation group at Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Solar Panel Tariff Creates New Uncertainty

    Jeffrey Neeley

    Last week's announcement that the Trump administration is imposing a tariff on imported solar panels and modules came as bad news for many U.S. renewable energy firms. But there are latent ambiguities in the decision that each company will need to consider, in consultation with counsel or other advisers, says Jeffrey Neeley of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • What Europe's Coty Decision Means For Companies

    Jacques-Philippe Gunther

    The European Court of Justice ruled last month that suppliers of luxury goods can, under certain circumstances, prohibit their authorized distributors from selling on a third-party internet platform. The judgment defines an important line for companies producing branded goods, and for online marketplaces, say Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Susanne Zuehlke of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.