International Trade

  • December 1, 2017

    Zarrab Considered Decision To Admit Guilt For 'Many Months'

    A transcript released Friday of Reza Zarrab's guilty plea hearing on charges of scheming to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran shows the Turkish-Iranian businessman, who is testifying against a Turkish banker at a Manhattan criminal trial, discussed the decision extensively with his defense team — and that he is unlikely to be deported after he serves any sentence.

  • December 1, 2017

    Del Monte Asks 11th Circ. To Abide By $32M Pineapple Award

    Del Monte International GmbH told an Eleventh Circuit panel Thursday that a district court’s decision affirming an arbitration award valued at $32 million against one of Costa Rica’s biggest pineapple growers was proper and that there is no need to remand the case to the lower court for further review.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI About Talks With Russia

    Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, pled guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador in December 2016, talks where prosecutors say the retired Army general served as a go-between for “senior” and “very senior” Trump transition officials.

  • November 30, 2017

    US Shreds G-20's Strategy To Combat Global Steel Glut

    The Trump administration came out swinging against the Group of 20’s collective effort to address the issue of excess steel capacity, bashing the leading rich and developing nations for offering only surface-level solutions to the problem and not being ambitious enough in their analysis.

  • November 30, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Turkish Banker Didn't Ask For Bribe Money

    Reza Zarrab testified Thursday that he never bribed Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, telling a Manhattan federal jury that Atilla, who is accused of scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, never asked for a dime even as Zarrab made lavish payments to the defendant's boss and to a Turkish minister.

  • November 30, 2017

    Cozen O'Connor Prevails In Records Dispute Over Cuba Docs

    Cozen O’Connor notched a victory on Wednesday as a Pennsylvania federal judge agreed that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had failed to adequately respond to a request from the firm for information about how to secure a license to do business in Cuba.

  • November 30, 2017

    AB InBev Kept Cheap Beer From Belgians, EU Says

    The European Commission on Thursday accused Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer, of using anti-competitive tactics and abusing its dominant market position to keep cheap beer sold in France and the Netherlands out of the hands of Belgian consumers.

  • November 30, 2017

    US Offers Glimpse Of Strategy In WTO China Dumping Brawl

    U.S. trade officials on Thursday offered their defense for continuing to treat China as a nonmarket economy in its anti-dumping investigations, laying down an early marker in a high-stakes World Trade Organization battle that could drastically alter the enforcement landscape.

  • November 30, 2017

    EU Seeks To Tackle VAT Fraud By Sharing Cross-Border Info

    The European Commission on Thursday introduced new measures that it said would help close communication gaps between tax authorities and law enforcement bodies so they can better combat cross-border transactions suspected of leading to value-added tax fraud.

  • November 30, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Adds Ex-Kutak Rock International Trade Duo

    Two former Kutak Rock LLP international trade attorneys who represent domestic and international clients in anti-dumping, intellectual property and other matters have joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Washington, D.C.

  • November 29, 2017

    SBM Offshore To Pay $238M Fine For FCPA Bribery Violations

    SBM Offshore NV, a Dutch-based oil drill manufacturer, pled guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Texas federal court Wednesday, agreeing to pay $238 million for its role in a scheme to bribe officials across the globe for government contracts.

  • November 29, 2017

    5 Takeaways From The 'New' FCPA Corporate Charging Policy

    A new policy guiding when corporations can avoid criminal charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribing foreign officials formalizes what had been a U.S. Department of Justice experiment and gives some amount of certainty for companies, experts say.

  • November 29, 2017

    Caterpillar Infringement Claims Lead To ITC Import Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it would launch an investigation into whether certain road construction equipment imported into the U.S. from German machinery manufacturer Wirtgen violated three of Caterpillar Inc.’s patents.

  • November 29, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Reynolds Loses New-Trial Bid In Tax-Filing Case

    Former U.S. Congressman Melvin Reynolds will appear for sentencing in March after an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday declined to retry him on four counts of failing to file federal income tax returns on more than $400,000, saying he found enough evidence during trial to convict.

  • November 29, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Bribes Erased Concerns About His Fame

    Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he initially was deemed too famous to work with a Turkish bank in its effort to launder billions of dollars of Iran oil profits, but the gold trader-turned-government witness said he solved that problem by sending massive bribes to a high-ranking Turkish politician.

  • November 29, 2017

    DOJ Outlines Protections For Cos. Aiding FCPA Investigations

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday announced a new U.S. Department of Justice enforcement policy for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act aimed at incentivizing voluntary disclosures of corporate wrongdoing.

  • November 29, 2017

    EU Exec Rains On UK's Hopes For Smooth Post-Brexit Trade

    The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said Wednesday that the United Kingdom’s proposals for a deal that includes existing benefits on trade would not be possible, adding further uncertainty for U.K. banks and businesses waiting for clarity on their future regulatory relationship with the bloc.

  • November 29, 2017

    Gov't Must Seek Swift Brexit Deal For City, FCA Chief Warns

    Britain’s top City regulator told senior politicians on Wednesday that the U.K. must agree a Brexit transition period with the European Union “pretty damn quick” or risk chaos in financial and insurance markets.

  • November 29, 2017

    British Insurers Seek EU Trade Deal For Mutual Market Access

    London’s commercial insurance industry outlined plans on Wednesday for a specific post-Brexit trade agreement for mutual market access and recognition of both the U.K. and European Union’s regulatory regimes, in a deal similar to a reinsurance agreement struck between the EU and U.S.

  • November 28, 2017

    US To Hit China With Tariffs Over Tool Chests And Cabinets

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that it is set to impose final anti-subsidy duties on imports of tool chests and cabinets from China after it found that Beijing’s subsidies were giving the country’s tool chest makers an unfair advantage in the U.S. market.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court May Quash PTAB, But ITC Practice Will Live On

    Lisa Kattan

    It seems at first glance that the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Oil States v. Greene's on the constitutionality of inter partes review could cement the fate of the U.S. International Trade Commission as well. But there are two important distinctions between the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the ITC, say Lisa Kattan and Lauren Dreyer of Baker Botts LLP.

  • The Conspiracy And FBAR Charges Against Manafort, Gates

    Robert Adler

    The charges against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates differ in significant respects from similar cases where the government has charged a Klein conspiracy as well as a willful failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, says Robert Adler of Nossaman LLP.

  • Manafort Attorney's Testimony And The Limits Of Privilege

    Justin C. Danilewitz

    A D.C. federal judge's recent opinion requiring former counsel to Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to testify before a federal grand jury offers four lessons for defense counsel and their clients, says Justin C. Danilewitz of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • China's FDA Reform Will Encourage Life Science Innovation

    Katherine Wang

    A recent China Food and Drug Administration Office circular outlines a series of robust reform initiatives that will likely transform the competitive dynamics in China's life sciences industry and considerably impact pharmaceutical and device companies' strategies in the Chinese market, say Katherine Wang and Silvia Mo of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Prepare For Big Changes To FARA Enforcement

    Brian Fleming

    All signs point to the U.S. Department of Justice enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act more aggressively. In addition, multiple pending legislative proposals would strengthen FARA and expand the DOJ’s enforcement powers, says Brian Fleming, a member of Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and former counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the DOJ.

  • New Bipartisan CFIUS Reform Begins To Take Shape

    Mario Mancuso

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 introduced last week is intended to strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and address the committee's perceived inadequacies. If enacted, this legislation would reflect the most significant changes to CFIUS in the last decade, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.