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International Trade

  • May 7, 2018

    Chinese Sawblade Maker Appeals Anti-Dumping Duties

    A Chinese diamond sawblade producer is contesting the tariffs imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in an anti-dumping duty review, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that it should not have been assigned an adverse rate when it had cooperated in the review.

  • May 7, 2018

    Trump Will Announce Iran Nuclear Deal Decision Tuesday

    President Donald Trump will announce in a speech on Tuesday afternoon whether he intends to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, according to a tweet on Monday, after years of openly lambasting it.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • New Russian Oligarch Sanctions Will Require Prompt Action

    Grant Leach

    Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control added several Russian oligarchs, political officials and businesses under their control to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. These sanctions will likely impose serious compliance challenges for both U.S. and non-U.S. persons doing business with Russia, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Lost Important IP Provisions

    Jeremiah Frueauf

    Following U.S. withdrawal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership suspended 22 provisions, the majority of which relate to the negotiated intellectual property rights. Many of these provisions would have benefited pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, say Jeremiah Frueauf and Matthew Smith of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

  • Comparing Anti-Corruption Guidance In France, UK And US

    Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi

    France's corporate compliance guidelines are “inspired by the best international standards” and are generally similar to those outlined by authorities in the U.S. and U.K. But the 15,000-word French guidelines provide far more precise recommendations for certain compliance program elements, say Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi and Morgan Heavener of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Chinese Investment In The US After The Section 301 Report

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    The U.S. Trade Representative recently alleged that China has engaged in theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and creation of unfair barriers to entry in China. In response, the Trump administration may be exploring options for executive branch action under the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Key Takeaways From The NY Buy American Act

    Justin Ganderson

    The New York Buy American Act, which went into effect on Sunday, is slated for a relatively short life and is fairly focused. But it is a noteworthy development because it further reinforces the general rallying cry behind “buy American," say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.