International Trade

  • September 29, 2017

    Law Prof Wraps Up FOIA Win On ICE Seizure Of Legal Goods

    A Georgetown law professor says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have dodged her just-wrapped Freedom of Information Act litigation by correcting an agency spokesman’s misstatement and producing requested documents regarding seizures of fair-use sports merchandise.

  • September 29, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Appellate Body Impasse Persists

    In Law360’s latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, the members remain at odds over how to fill vacancies at the Appellate Body; a languishing fight over U.S. gambling rules resurfaces; and Europe looks to extinguish its biodiesel feud with Argentina.

  • September 29, 2017

    State Dept. Faces Congressional Sanctions Reporting Backlog

    The U.S. Department of State faces a backlog of congressional reports to support nonproliferation efforts against Iran, Syria and North Korea, mandated by a 2000 sanctions law, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said on Friday.

  • September 29, 2017

    Judge Axes Suit Claiming GSK Landed Pair In Chinese Jail

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said Friday that a pair of consultants could not rely on racketeering laws to hold GlaxoSmithKline LLC liable for allegedly landing them in Chinese prison after duping them into investigating an innocent whistleblower.

  • September 29, 2017

    Bankruptcy Trustee Wants Seadrill To Move Cash To US Banks

    The U.S. trustee in the Seadrill Ltd. bankruptcy on Wednesday objected to the oil rig operator’s proposed plan for managing its $1 billion in cash, saying it left too much of the money at risk in foreign banks.

  • September 29, 2017

    Upcoming Oral Arguments Energy Attys Should Watch

    This fall, lawyers will be making their in-person pitches to federal appeals courts in cases covering a host of important energy issues, from the U.S. Department of Energy's approval of liquefied natural gas exports to implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's rule clamping down on cross-state air pollution. Here are five noteworthy energy cases in which oral arguments are expected in the coming weeks.

  • September 28, 2017

    Telia's No-Monitor FCPA Deal Could Be A Model

    Swedish telecommunications firm Telia Co. AB recently settled foreign bribery allegations for a total of nearly $1 billion but will not have to hire a corporate monitor — a feature that experts say other companies will seek to emulate in future criminal resolutions.

  • September 28, 2017

    Odebrecht Units Say No US Jurisdiction In Bond Fraud Claims

    Two units of Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA told a New York federal judge on Thursday that he should toss fraud claims made against them by a group of hedge funds because the securities were sold on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and the court therefore lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

  • September 28, 2017

    Aircraft Trade Feud Casts Imposing Shadow On NAFTA Effort

    The Trump administration’s bid to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement was never going to be easy, but now a simmering aircraft trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada appears poised to introduce a new point of tension in the already-tense negotiations.

  • September 28, 2017

    Republic Tobacco Can't Shield French Unit’s Docs In TM Row

    Republic Tobacco LP must produce documents held by a subsidiary in France because it wholly owns the subsidiary and the material has been deemed relevant to its trademark and trade dress dispute, an Illinois federal magistrate judge determined Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2017

    Ex-Telecom Boss Gets Time Served In Haiti Teleco FCPA Case

    A former director at Miami-based Cinergy Telecommunications Inc. accused of bribing Haitian telecom officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act more than 10 years ago has been sentenced by a Florida federal judge to time served.

  • September 28, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds Guilty On All Four Counts In Tax Case

    Former U.S. Congressman Melvin Reynolds was convicted Thursday on charges he failed to file tax returns on more than $400,000 in income, following a four-day bench trial in an Illinois federal court. 

  • September 28, 2017

    ITC OKs Probe On Canadian Paper Despite Newspaper Pleas

    The U.S. International Trade Commission in a filing on Thursday said that uncoated groundwood paper from Canada may have injured U.S. industry via unfair trade practices, despite opposition from other domestic producers and newspapers that say duties sought by one poorly managed company could decimate an already hobbled industry.

  • September 28, 2017

    Trump Lifts Jones Act For Hurricane Relief To Puerto Rico

    President Donald Trump on Thursday lifted a shipping restriction on foreign-flagged ships moving goods between U.S. ports to allow for crucially needed supplies to get to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, bowing to pressure to provide relief to the U.S. territory.

  • September 28, 2017

    Banks Possibly Face Long Wait For Brexit Transition Terms

    U.K. banks face a longer wait for clarity on a proposed Brexit transition phase after the European Union’s chief negotiator said Thursday it could be “months” before talks advanced that far, warning that more progress needs to be made on the basic terms of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc.

  • September 27, 2017

    Juice Co. Must Face Del Monte Suit Over Ties To Grower

    A Miami federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s suit accusing a juice company of interfering with a contract with a pineapple grower that now owes Del Monte $32 million.

  • September 27, 2017

    Senate Confirms Allen & Overy Partner For Key Treasury Gig

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed an Allen & Overy LLP partner to a key post at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he will lead reviews of the acquisitions of American companies by foreign buyers for national security concerns.

  • September 27, 2017

    NAFTA Officials Ink Small Biz Chapter, But Splits Remain

    The third round of negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up Wednesday in Ottawa with the parties finalizing provisions to ease trade for small businesses while still grappling with some of the deal’s thornier provisions.

  • September 27, 2017

    DOJ Renews Bid To Kill FOIA Suit Over Siemens Monitoring

    The U.S. Department of Justice made new arguments Tuesday in its effort to finally end a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over its refusal to release a monitor's reports on Siemens AG, telling a D.C. federal judge that releasing the records would hurt its ability to fight corporate crime.

  • September 27, 2017

    UK ‘Bitterly Disappointed’ By Duties On Bombardier Jets

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “bitterly disappointed” by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to impose a 220 percent duty on Canada-based Bombardier Inc.’s new line of commercial jets, a move that could reportedly affect 4,200 workers in Northern Ireland.

Expert Analysis

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • PRC Court Refuses To Enforce Singapore Arbitration Award

    James Kwan

    The ruling by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court in Noble Resources International v. Shanghai Good Credit International Trade is potentially significant for claimants who are considering using expedited procedures under older versions of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules, says James Kwan of Hogan Lovells.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Steel Imports Are Not A National Security Issue

    Donald Cameron

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady is right — this is not the right approach to deal with steel imports. And like it or not, using bogus claims of “national security” as a pretext for what amounts to naked protectionism will invite retaliation from our trading partners, says Donald Cameron of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Renewable Energy In The Age Of Trump

    Andrew Bell

    The same rhetoric from the Trump administration that mobilized coal country voters has worried renewable energy advocates. However, there are four areas where the current administration's policies could have a lasting effect on renewable energy development, say Andrew Bell and Reed McCalib of Marten Law PLLC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.