International Trade

  • March 9, 2017

    Mexico Moves To Knock Down Costa Rica's Avocado Barriers

    The Mexican government on Wednesday took aim at a series of hurdles that Costa Rica has used to block out imports of its avocados, alleging that the barriers are overly onerous in violation of World Trade Organization rules governing food safety rules.

  • March 8, 2017

    ITC Extends Comments On US Steel's Antitrust Claims

    The International Trade Commission is seeking further public comment on United States Steel Corp. antitrust claims against Chinese steel manufacturers, delaying oral arguments scheduled next week for more than a month, according to a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication Thursday.

  • March 8, 2017

    ZTE Listing Pivotal In Criminal Case, DOJ Official Says

    A U.S. Department of Commerce decision to cut off U.S. suppliers' business with Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. last year was a “game changing event” that prompted the company to cooperate in a criminal sanctions violation case, a U.S. Department of Justice official said on Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2017

    Feds Charge Ukrainian With Exporting Military Gear From NY

    Federal authorities on Tuesday charged a Ukrainian citizen living in the U.S. in New York federal court with conspiring to illegally ship export-controlled military technology to Ukraine.

  • March 8, 2017

    ZTE Fine Shows Big Sanctions Aren't Just For Banks Anymore

    ZTE Corp. could be on the hook for a nearly $1.2 billion penalty for violating export control rules for Iran and North Korea, putting the Chinese telecom titan in the type of crosshairs usually reserved for financial institutions and keeping compliance officers squarely on guard.

  • March 8, 2017

    Aussie Co. Fights For Appeal In $1.4B Chevron LNG Jetty Row

    An Australian contractor alleging Chevron shortchanged it on a AU$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion) liquefied natural gas jetty project blasted the oil giant in California federal court Tuesday for fighting a bid for immediate appeal on an order pausing the case pending arbitration.

  • March 8, 2017

    Turkey Hits US With WTO Complaint Over Oil Pipe Tariffs

    Turkey has filed a World Trade Organization dispute challenging countervailing duties placed by the U.S. on imports of steel pipes and tubes commonly used in oil wells, the WTO announced Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2017

    Del Monte Can't Stop Pineapple Sales In $32M Award Fight

    Del Monte Produce Inc. hasn’t shown it will suffer irreparable harm if a juice company isn’t blocked from buying pineapples from a grower Del Monte is seeking to confirm a $32 million arbitral award against, a Florida magistrate judge said Tuesday, recommending that the injunction bid be denied.

  • March 8, 2017

    UN Bribery Suspect Blasts Feds Over Discovery Timeline

    Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng has taken another shot in a discovery fight with federal prosecutors seeking to convict the real estate developer of trying to bribe United Nations officials, citing “troubling” differences in the government's assertions and the case record.

  • March 7, 2017

    Peter Thiel Tells Energy Execs Globalization On Its Way Out

    Billionaire and ally of President Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, told a crowd gathered at an energy conference in Houston Tuesday evening that he believes the tide is turning against globalization, and speculated that U.S. energy production and independence could be fueling the change.

  • March 7, 2017

    Gibson Tells Jury UK Co. Stole Its Iconic Guitar Designs

    British manufacturer John Hornsby Skewes decided at “the highest level” to rip off Gibson Brands' iconic guitar designs, the American company told a California federal jury during opening statements Tuesday, drawing a response from JHS that Gibson can't use trademark law to monopolize “standard shapes” for the instrument.

  • March 7, 2017

    ITC To Probe Ford Hybrid Imports For Patent Infringement

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to initiate an investigation into allegations that vehicles imported by Ford violate patents held by a developer of hybrid automotive technology.

  • March 7, 2017

    Senate Panel Will Examine US Trade Rep Nominee Next Week

    The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday announced that it will hold a hearing on March 14 to consider the nomination of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP trade attorney Robert Lighthizer to serve as the next U.S. trade representative.

  • March 7, 2017

    Norwegian Air Can Intervene In DC Circ. Air Permit Row

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish subsidiary can intervene in a suit brought by a coalition of pilots and flight attendants unions challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation's controversial decision to grant the airline a foreign air carrier permit, the D.C. Circuit has decided.

  • March 7, 2017

    US Wallops ZTE With $892M Penalty For Sales To Iran

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will pay a total of $892 million to settle allegations that it made unlawful sales of sensitive technology equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

  • March 7, 2017

    Financial Lobby Group Urges EU To Rethink Startup Rules

    A major financial lobby urged the European Union on Tuesday to build a single regulatory framework for startups that would let them expand across the bloc, putting them within reach of tens of millions of potential new customers.

  • March 6, 2017

    S. Africa Accuses Shipper Of Fixing Toyota Shipment Prices

    Competition authorities in South Africa accused Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha on Monday of fixing prices for the transport of Toyota vehicles into certain regions between 2002 and 2013, after an investigation into the alleged scheme that also included three other shipping companies.

  • March 6, 2017

    Exxon Reveals $20B Gulf Coast Growth Plan At CERAWeek

    Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Darren Woods revealed Monday that the company plans to invest $20 billion over the next decade to expand its U.S. manufacturing and export capacity, specifically at 11 Texas and Louisiana refining and chemical manufacturing project sites along the Gulf Coast. 

  • March 6, 2017

    Conservative Watchdog Files FOIA Suit Over Flynn Docs

    Judicial Watch Inc. filed a Freedom of Information Act suit in D.C. federal court Monday, alleging several federal agencies haven’t responded to the conservative watchdog’s request for records related to the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged discussions with a Russian official.

  • March 6, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Stands By Ruling Backing 75% Paper Dumping Duty

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied a German paper company’s request that the court reconsider its decision upholding a 75 percent anti-dumping duty enacted by the U.S. Court of International Trade on the grounds that the company had deliberately lied to the government about sales data.

Expert Analysis

  • Demystifying International Extradition

    Amy Jeffress

    There were many high-profile news stories in 2016 about individuals fighting extradition to or from the United States. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the issues involved, extradition is time-consuming, often taking years. The process by which the U.S. evaluates hundreds of extradition requests each year may be unfamiliar to many practitioners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • How Trump's First 3 Weeks Have Stressed Russian Sanctions

    Laura Brank

    Since President Trump’s inauguration, there has been much speculation about whether the U.S. would ease or fully revoke sanctions against various Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities in connection with Russia’s support for separatists in Ukraine, its annexation of Crimea and its alleged interference in the U.S. election. Experts with Dechert LLP deconstruct the convoluted scene.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • DOJ Criminal Division In 2016: Fraud Section Rising

    Kevin B. Muhlendorf

    A brief year-in-review document recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in the last year and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, says Kevin Muhlendorf, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Understanding The USTR's New Insurance Agreement: Part 2

    Andrew C. Gerlach

    In the second half of this two-part series, attorneys with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP continue their discussion of the U.S. Trade Representative's new covered agreement with the European Union, summarizing the agreement's provisions relating to group supervision.

  • The End Of SEC's Payment Disclosure Rule

    Nicolas Grabar

    The Senate on Friday passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that disapproves the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule on resource extraction payments. The result for affected issuers is clear — the existing rule is gone, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Understanding The USTR's New Insurance Agreement: Part 1

    Andrew C. Gerlach

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced the completion of a new bilateral covered agreement between the EU and the U.S. In the first half of this two-part article, attorneys with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP summarize and explain the agreement's reinsurance provisions.

  • The 5th Amendment's Essential Role In Offshore Audits

    Michael DeBlis III

    The Fifth Amendment is normally associated with criminal proceedings and the prohibition against self-incriminating testimony. However, its protections also apply in some other matters, such as contempt of Congress. More importantly for tax law purposes, there is a documentary production privilege, and there is a trio of cases that flesh out this concept, says Michael DeBlis III of DeBlis Law.