International Trade

  • June 9, 2017

    EU Officials Say UK Election Casts Doubt Over Brexit Talks

    Senior European Union officials warned on Friday that the uncertainty arising from Prime Minister Theresa May's lost majority in the U.K. Parliament is threatening the planned June 19 starting date for Brexit negotiations and lengthens the odds of a successful deal before the March 2019 deadline.

  • June 9, 2017

    Conservatives Lose Majority In UK Snap Election

    Theresa May's Conservative Party has lost its parliamentary majority in Thursday's elections, a surprise outcome that plunges the U.K. into political instability and casts new doubt on the country's plans to leave the European Union.

  • June 8, 2017

    Senate Democrats Push For Russia Sanctions In Iran Bill

    Senate Democrats are pushing for tougher sanctions on Russia in the wake of former FBI director James Comey’s bombshell testimony Thursday on his interactions with President Donald Trump, arguing the penalties should be added to a bill on Iran sanctions and potentially holding off a vote on that bill.

  • June 8, 2017

    Action On Steel Security Probe Expected Within Weeks

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to issue its findings in a rare national security-focused investigation of steel imports “in the next couple weeks,” an agency spokesman told Law360 on Thursday, continuing the probe’s fast-tracked trajectory.

  • June 8, 2017

    CIT Tells Commerce To Revisit Scope Of PET Film Challenge

    The Department of Commerce must justify its determination that a subset of polyethylene terephthalate film imported by a Brazilian company falls outside the scope of a 2013 anti-dumping duty order, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Thursday.

  • June 8, 2017

    In Shift, US Pledges To Improve WTO Functionality

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday said that the U.S. will be active in helping to keep the World Trade Organization functioning effectively, striking a markedly warmer tone toward the Geneva-based trade forum than the Trump administration has in the past.

  • June 8, 2017

    3 Biz Groups Urge Gov'ts To Preserve NAFTA Benefits

    North American business leaders urged the governments of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. on Wednesday to avoid adding trade barriers to the North American Free Trade Agreement as the three countries look to modernize the 1994 pact.

  • June 8, 2017

    SanDisk Class Buyers Want Antitrust Suit Revived

    Flash memory card direct purchasers urged the Federal Circuit in oral arguments Thursday to revive their antitrust class action accusing SanDisk Corp. of fraudulently hoarding patents in order to monopolize the memory card market, arguing a lower court wrongly disregarded an executive branch invalidity finding.

  • June 8, 2017

    CIT Rejects Challenge To Duties On Chinese Garlic

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld duties imposed on imports from a Chinese garlic producer, rejecting the company’s claim that the U.S. Department of Commerce relied on “aberrational values” in calculating the tariffs.

  • June 7, 2017

    CIT Backs Commerce Subsidy Rate For Chinese Solar Panels

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld a subsidy rate the U.S. Department of Commerce had calculated for Chinese solar panels, finding the agency had explained why it changed its methodology when reviewing the initial rate.

  • June 7, 2017

    Hitachi Challenges Steel Plate Duties At CIT

    A Japanese steel plate manufacturer on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to nix anti-dumping and countervailing duties on tool steel, claiming it is a specialty class of merchandise that was improperly included in a broader investigation into carbon and alloy steel plate.

  • June 7, 2017

    Experts Outline Keys To A New Int'l Investment Court

    Two prominent arbitrators have laid out core issues facing an effort to establish a new multilateral investment court amid increasing frustration with current frameworks for resolving investor-state disputes, part of a broader push for a system that supplants bilateral investment treaties.

  • June 7, 2017

    US Sugar Cos. Not Sweet On Trade Deal With Mexico

    The Trump administration and its Mexican counterparts touted a new preliminary agreement to restore order to bilateral sugar trade Tuesday, but U.S. producers and refiners were reluctant to embrace the deal in light of a "loophole" they fear could leave them with the short end of the stick.

  • June 7, 2017

    Charity's Mistrial Gambit Flops In Billion-Dollar Asset Row

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest on Wednesday rejected a mistrial motion lodged by the Alavi Foundation, an Iran-linked charity seeking to stave off a billion-dollar U.S. real estate asset seizure effort tied to alleged sanctions violations.

  • June 7, 2017

    Hatch Says He Won't Take Border-Adjusted Tax Off The Table

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Wednesday said that although congressional Republicans and the White House are generally in agreement on a tax overhaul plan, he isn’t ruling out one of the more controversial aspects — a proposal to exempt exports, but not imports, from taxation.

  • June 7, 2017

    Senate Moves Forward On Iran Sanctions Bill

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to proceed with a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran after recent ballistic missile tests, legislation that lawmakers said is also likely to include further sanctions against Russia for its efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

  • June 7, 2017

    Russia Has Until Dec. To Comply With WTO Pork Ruling

    Russia and the European Union have agreed on a compliance deadline in their World Trade Organization spat over Russia’s food-safety hurdles on pork imports, giving Moscow until Dec. 6 to remove its restrictive trade measures, according to a WTO document circulated Wednesday.

  • June 6, 2017

    Syngenta Exec Sniffs At China's View On Seeds

    A Syngenta executive testified at trial Tuesday that Chinese regulatory approval was not on the company's to-do list before the launch of a seed that later triggered a wholesale rejection of U.S. corn at Chinese ports, saying the biotech industry kept close tabs on which countries were important, and China wasn’t one of them.

  • June 6, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $1.4B In Military Sales To Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Department of State on Monday announced that it has signed off on $1.4 billion in proposed sales of radar systems, support and air force training to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, saying that the transactions will support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.

  • June 6, 2017

    Canadian Funds Liable For $33M Tax On Imported Service

    A group of Canadian retail mutual funds is liable for CA$44.7 million ($33.2 million) in goods and services tax after the Tax Court of Canada ruled that a financial transaction they entered into with Citibank gave rise to taxable imported management services.

Expert Analysis

  • An Uncertain Future For US-Chile Tax Treaty — Especially Now

    Eugenia Mize

    Though the future of the bilateral income tax treaty between the United States and Chile remains in limbo largely due to Sen. Rand Paul’s objections, another issue taking time and attention away from ratifying such treaties is the debate in the U.S. over comprehensive tax reform, say Brandon Roman and Eugenia Mize of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 3

    Justin Tschoepe

    In part 3 of this series, Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright discuss disputes brought on behalf of the U.S. government under the federal False Claims Act and suits against foreign sovereigns related to the scaling back of state benefits for renewable energy companies.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • In Congress: Stopgap Funding, Jay Clayton, North Korea

    Richard Hertling

    Lawmakers were able to avert a shutdown on Friday by passing a one-week stopgap funding bill to keep the government operational. This week, they are looking to finalize a broader spending package, as well as tackle other long-term legislative business, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • 100 Days Of FCPA Under Trump: 10 Takeaways

    Meghan Hansen

    Since the presidential election, there has been uncertainty about the future of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. The Trump administration's first 100 days have given some clues, say Meghan Hansen and Carolyn Wald of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.