International Trade

  • May 7, 2018

    ZTE Seeks Stay Of Biz Ban With US Technology Exporters

    ZTE Corp. has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to lift a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant, the company said Sunday.

  • May 7, 2018

    CIT Axes Suit Over Chinese Garlic Tariff Review

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Friday dismissed a case launched by a group of domestic garlic farmers after the Commerce Department declined the group's request for review of anti-dumping duties in place on U.S. imports of garlic from China.

  • May 7, 2018

    Commerce Hits Staples From China With Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping duties on carton-closing staples from the People's Republic of China after finding that the fasteners were sold in the U.S. below fair value, according to a filing to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 2018

    Countries Say Inconsistency In ISDS Needs Reform

    Countries reviewing the United Nations framework for settling investor-state disputes say the current system is inconsistent and possesses inadequate tools for reviewing contested arbitration awards, according to a new report.

  • May 4, 2018

    US, China Leave Trade Talks With 'Considerable Differences'

    After two days of hardball negotiations in Beijing, the U.S. trade delegation to China is returning to Washington without any public commitments from the communist superpower to increase U.S. market access and strengthen intellectual property protection at a time of increasing economic hostility between the two nations.

  • May 4, 2018

    Czech Republic Prevails In $14.5M Solar Energy Row

    Arbitrators have dismissed a $14.5 million claim brought by a German solar investor who had accused the Czech Republic of expropriating its investment in violation of an international treaty, the country's finance ministry said Wednesday.

  • May 4, 2018

    Anti-Arms Group To Appeal UK’s 'Immoral' Sales To Saudis

    A London appeals court said Friday that it will hear arguments from a U.K. anti-arms trade group that says a July High Court decision allowing the British government to continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia is "immoral" and risks “serious violation of international law.”

  • May 3, 2018

    Feds Sued For Not Probing Chinese Cos. Over Plywood Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce erred last month when it declined to investigate allegations that Chinese companies were avoiding tariffs on hardwood plywood imports by slightly altering their products, several U.S.-based lumber producers alleged Wednesday in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • May 3, 2018

    Brexit Can Boost UK Financial Services, Think Tank Claims

    Brexit could provide an opportunity to strengthen domestic and global financial services and insurance markets and improve the flow of capital around the world if the U.K. commits to making its regulation more competitive, a free-market think tank said on Friday.

  • May 3, 2018

    Iran Says It Will Not Renegotiate Nuclear Deal

    Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday warned President Donald Trump that if the U.S. withdraws from the nuclear deal, Iran will not “renegotiate or add onto” the agreement, which he said has already been carried out in good faith.

  • May 3, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Wants Time To Get Docs In $1.8B Award Row

    A Nigerian state-owned oil company facing a suit from subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil and Shell to enforce a $1.8 billion arbitration award asked a New York federal judge Wednesday for more time to produce documents that would show if the company is an alter ego of the Nigerian government.

  • May 3, 2018

    Chinese Tire Co. Sues US Agency Over Steep Duties

    A Chinese producer hit the U.S. Department of Commerce with two suits Wednesday that challenge the tariffs imposed on the company's off-road tire exports to the U.S., according to documents filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • May 3, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Urge Gov't To Move On Post-Brexit Disputes

    The U.K. government must quickly propose a mechanism for dispute resolution and enforcement after Brexit to deal with disagreements over subjects such as cross-border financial payments, members of the Upper House of Parliament said Thursday.

  • May 2, 2018

    Gibson Brands' $135M DIP OK'd Over Fee, Roll-Up Concerns

    Bankrupt guitar and piano maker Gibson Brands Inc. received interim approval Wednesday in Delaware to access a portion of its $135 million debtor-in-possession financing package despite concerns over the fees associated with the lending and the roll-up of prepetition debt.

  • May 2, 2018

    ITC Agrees To Duties On Steel Wire Rod From 5 Countries

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined that companies from Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom are dumping carbon and alloy steel wire rod in the U.S. market, and as a result, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue duties, the commission announced Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    Cholesterol Test Strip Co. Wants ITC To Investigate Rival

    Diagnostic health product maker Polymer Technology Systems has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission accusing rival health care company ACON Laboratories and its Chinese affiliate of importing cholesterol testing device strips that infringe three of Polymer’s patents.

  • May 2, 2018

    Feds Say Chinese Co.'s Bribery Defense Hire May Be Conflict

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to hold a hearing on whether a Chinese energy company’s paying for the defense of an NGO chief accused of bribing African officials on its behalf constitutes a conflict of interest.

  • May 2, 2018

    Commerce Levels Tariffs On Dumped Resin From India, China

    The U.S. Department of Commerce reached an initial conclusion Tuesday that a type of resin being shipped to the U.S. by Chinese and Indian producers was undercutting the domestic market, in some cases by more than 200 percent, according to an announcement of preliminary anti-dumping duties.

  • May 2, 2018

    ITC To Probe Nintendo Switch Over Rival’s Patent Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday it will investigate Nintendo after a California-based rival alleged that imports of the new Nintendo Switch console with detachable controllers infringe its patents.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    Resolution of the standing issues raised in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA may have implications not just for this case, but for whether PDVSA may be bound by the Venezuelan government to any future debt restructuring, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    The documents filed thus far in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA make clear that the standing issues in this case are complicated. The case also presents questions as to whether it will have implications for financial creditors of PDVSA and the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • Trump Tariffs May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

    Javier Rubinstein

    Foreign companies affected by the America First tariffs should consider the extent to which such tariffs may violate their rights under applicable investment treaties or free trade agreements, and thus may provide them with recourse in international arbitration for the harm they have suffered, say Javier Rubinstein and Lauren Friedman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • What Cos. Need To Know About China’s New Market Regulator

    Katherine Wang

    As part of a sweeping government restructuring plan announced last month, China is merging a range of government agencies into the new State Market Regulatory Administration. Multinational companies doing business in China must pay close attention to how functions within the newly consolidated agency will be organized, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.