International Trade

  • February 3, 2017

    Commerce Slaps Chinese Stainless Steel With More Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday hit Chinese steel companies with duties ranging from 64 percent to 191 percent, in the latest round of anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

  • February 3, 2017

    Trump Launches Sanctions After Iran Missile Test

    The Trump administration began flexing its sanctions enforcement muscles on Friday by imposing an asset freeze and commercial ban on 13 individuals and 12 companies in connection with the Iranian government’s reported ballistic missile test earlier this week.

  • February 3, 2017

    SEC Payment Disclosure Rule Moves Closer To Repeal

    The U.S. Senate early Friday morning voted to disapprove a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring oil and gas extraction companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments, leaving it one step away from being fully repealed.

  • February 2, 2017

    Looming Repeal Of SEC Oil & Gas Rule Stokes Bribery Fears

    The likely repeal of a regulation that requires oil and gas extraction companies to disclose their payments to governments will make it easier for those firms to hide potentially corrupt payments from their investors and allow them to continue greasing the palms of foreign officials, anti-corruption activists say.

  • February 2, 2017

    Rival Interest Groups Square Off Over GOP Tax Plan

    Businesses are splitting into camps over a proposed GOP tax overhaul that would dramatically change how corporations are taxed in the U.S., with advocacy groups claiming dozens of members have rallied in support and in opposition to the plan in the past two days.

  • February 2, 2017

    Panasonic Avionics Under Foreign Bribery Investigation

    A unit of Japan-based Panasonic Corp. that makes in-flight entertainment systems for airlines is under investigation by federal authorities for possible violations of a law against bribing foreign officials, the company said Thursday.

  • February 2, 2017

    Mexico Opens 90-Day Comment Period On NAFTA Changes

    The Mexican government said Wednesday it has begun a 90-day comment process required to enact revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • February 2, 2017

    Davis Polk Partner Testifies Bio-Rad GC Didn’t Back Claims

    The Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner hired to investigate possible corruption by Bio-Rad’s sales team in China testified before a California federal jury Thursday that the company’s general counsel — who alleges he was fired for whistleblowing — had trouble clearly articulating the basis of his allegations, which her team found meritless.

  • February 2, 2017

    UK To Seek New Dispute Resolution Mechanism For Brexit

    The U.K. will need a new method of dispute resolution for trade and other international disputes following its exit from the European Union that "should not be constrained by precedent," the British government wrote in a paper published on Thursday.

  • February 2, 2017

    US Tweaks Russia Sanctions To Smooth Tech Licensing

    The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday made a small modification to its Russia sanctions by allowing U.S. companies to obtain licenses from Moscow’s intelligence service in order to sell information technology products there.

  • February 2, 2017

    Conservatives Mobilize To Rein In Trump's Trade Powers

    A coalition of small-government think tanks and advocacy groups on Thursday threw their weight behind a bill from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would scale back the White House’s trade authority, subjecting any new unilateral tariff increases to congressional review.

  • February 2, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    A year of success for the steel industry and a launch into the waters of the World Trade Organization helped win Wiley Rein LLP’s trade team its seventh consecutive sport as one of Law360’s International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    UK Seeks Post-Brexit EU Banking 'Cooperation Arrangements'

    The U.K. will push to seal cooperation arrangements with European Union financial market regulators after severing its 43-year relationship with the bloc's institutions, according to a government policy paper published Thursday.

  • February 1, 2017

    EU, Mexico Still Eyeing Trade Pact Amid Rising Protectionism

    Vowing to forge ahead at a time when protectionist sentiments are on the rise and support for trade liberalization is lagging, the European Union and Mexico said Wednesday that they're moving up talks to upgrade their sweeping free trade agreement.

  • February 1, 2017

    The 4 Wittiest Dissents By Gorsuch

    During his tenure on the Tenth Circuit, Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote more than 30 playful, witty dissents that both entertain the reader and give clear insight to his legal thinking. Here, Law360 looks at the best of the bunch and what they say about his thoughts on legislating from the bench, prepositional phrases and everything in between.

  • February 1, 2017

    Gorsuch's Opening Words Speak Volumes About His Style

    Never one to pass up the chance to spin a good yarn, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s body of rulings during a decade at the Tenth Circuit casts him as a fervent storyteller. A look at some of his best opening passages reveals a narrative writing style that’s light on legalese and heavy on plot, setting and characters.

  • February 1, 2017

    Bio-Rad GC's Temper, Damages Claim Questioned At Trial

    A California federal jury heard Wednesday from a parade of Bio-Rad witnesses who said the former general counsel suing for retaliation became hostile during the final months of his tenure, as well as an economist who testified the attorney's claim for $2 million in lost stock options relied on faulty calculations.

  • February 1, 2017

    Senators Flirt With Nuclear Option Over High Court Pick

    The Senate fight over Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could soon “go nuclear,” as less than a day after President Donald Trump put Gorsuch up for the court, political discussion has already turned to breaking a likely Democratic filibuster and pushing him through without any bipartisan support.

  • February 1, 2017

    Similar On The Law, Gorsuch Differs From Scalia In Style

    If confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch would bring to the bench a strikingly similar judicial philosophy to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but former clerks and colleagues say the Tenth Circuit judge and Colorado native’s congenial temperament couldn’t be more different from the fiery Scalia's.

  • February 1, 2017

    Attys React To Judge Gorsuch's Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday to become the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, aiming to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Here, attorneys tell Law360 what they think about the nomination.

Expert Analysis

  • Employment-Based Immigration And Trump: What To Expect

    Brian J. Coughlin

    As President-elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his cabinet and develop strategies for his first 100 days in office, U.S. employers with temporary foreign workers contemplate an uncertain future. Despite Trump’s prediction that he will in time be regarded as the country’s “greatest jobs president,” many in the international business community remain apprehensive, say Brian Coughlin and David Iannella of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • A Record FCPA Year For Pharma

    Melissa L. Jampol

    Teva's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement last month — the largest-ever FCPA resolution involving a pharmaceutical company — was the capstone to a year of many significant FCPA settlements and resolutions with drug companies. This year, it is likely that enforcement will change given the new administration, say Melissa Jampol and Elena Quattrone of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • The Outlook For The Pharmaceutical Industry Under Trump

    Mark P. Goodman

    Change is coming to the health care and pharmaceutical industries under Trump's administration, presenting both benefits and challenges. Conventional wisdom says that Trump's administration will permit greater flexibility in drug pricing, but Trump has expressed support for competition in the marketplace, which could lower the price of some drugs, say attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Curbing The Power Of Pari Passu Clauses

    Sergio J. Galvis

    The New York courts’ interpretation of the pari passu clause in Argentine bonds to provide a basis for a powerful injunctive remedy was widely viewed as novel. But a new ruling out of the Southern District of New York will likely limit the precedential effect of the earlier rulings on sovereign debt restructurings for the large number of still-outstanding securities that contain pari passu clauses, say attorneys with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • FCPA Predictions For 2017

    Michael Volkov

    Everyone is predicting major changes in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs, and the DOJ’s FCPA program is very profitable, says Michael Volkov, CEO of The Volkov Law Group LLC and a former federal prosecutor.

  • Top 8 ITC Developments Of 2016

    David Scannell

    Looking ahead, it seems likely that the U.S. International Trade Commission will designate more cases for early disposition under the 100-day program, as the program gained increased popularity and visibility in 2016, say David Scannell and Daniel Muino of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Section 101 Arguments On The Rise At ITC

    Eric W. Schweibenz

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision has been invoked in hundreds of cases over the last two years but has had relatively little impact at the U.S. International Trade Commission — until recently, say Eric Schweibenz and John Presper of Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP.

  • Deciphering RJR Nabisco's 'Domestic Injury' Requirement

    Robert P. Reznick

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in RJR Nabisco v. European Union last year, courts have grappled with the ruling's articulation of the “domestic injury” requirement for private claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and their analyses and conclusions as to where an “injury” has occurred are all over the map, say attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.