International Trade

  • September 28, 2017

    Aircraft Trade Feud Casts Imposing Shadow On NAFTA Effort

    The Trump administration’s bid to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement was never going to be easy, but now a simmering aircraft trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada appears poised to introduce a new point of tension in the already-tense negotiations.

  • September 28, 2017

    Republic Tobacco Can't Shield French Unit’s Docs In TM Row

    Republic Tobacco LP must produce documents held by a subsidiary in France because it wholly owns the subsidiary and the material has been deemed relevant to its trademark and trade dress dispute, an Illinois federal magistrate judge determined Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2017

    Ex-Telecom Boss Gets Time Served In Haiti Teleco FCPA Case

    A former director at Miami-based Cinergy Telecommunications Inc. accused of bribing Haitian telecom officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act more than 10 years ago has been sentenced by a Florida federal judge to time served.

  • September 28, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds Guilty On All Four Counts In Tax Case

    Former U.S. Congressman Melvin Reynolds was convicted Thursday on charges he failed to file tax returns on more than $400,000 in income, following a four-day bench trial in an Illinois federal court. 

  • September 28, 2017

    ITC OKs Probe On Canadian Paper Despite Newspaper Pleas

    The U.S. International Trade Commission in a filing on Thursday said that uncoated groundwood paper from Canada may have injured U.S. industry via unfair trade practices, despite opposition from other domestic producers and newspapers that say duties sought by one poorly managed company could decimate an already hobbled industry.

  • September 28, 2017

    Trump Lifts Jones Act For Hurricane Relief To Puerto Rico

    President Donald Trump on Thursday lifted a shipping restriction on foreign-flagged ships moving goods between U.S. ports to allow for crucially needed supplies to get to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, bowing to pressure to provide relief to the U.S. territory.

  • September 28, 2017

    Banks Possibly Face Long Wait For Brexit Transition Terms

    U.K. banks face a longer wait for clarity on a proposed Brexit transition phase after the European Union’s chief negotiator said Thursday it could be “months” before talks advanced that far, warning that more progress needs to be made on the basic terms of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc.

  • September 27, 2017

    Juice Co. Must Face Del Monte Suit Over Ties To Grower

    A Miami federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s suit accusing a juice company of interfering with a contract with a pineapple grower that now owes Del Monte $32 million.

  • September 27, 2017

    Senate Confirms Allen & Overy Partner For Key Treasury Gig

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed an Allen & Overy LLP partner to a key post at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he will lead reviews of the acquisitions of American companies by foreign buyers for national security concerns.

  • September 27, 2017

    NAFTA Officials Ink Small Biz Chapter, But Splits Remain

    The third round of negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up Wednesday in Ottawa with the parties finalizing provisions to ease trade for small businesses while still grappling with some of the deal’s thornier provisions.

  • September 27, 2017

    DOJ Renews Bid To Kill FOIA Suit Over Siemens Monitoring

    The U.S. Department of Justice made new arguments Tuesday in its effort to finally end a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over its refusal to release a monitor's reports on Siemens AG, telling a D.C. federal judge that releasing the records would hurt its ability to fight corporate crime.

  • September 27, 2017

    UK ‘Bitterly Disappointed’ By Duties On Bombardier Jets

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “bitterly disappointed” by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to impose a 220 percent duty on Canada-based Bombardier Inc.’s new line of commercial jets, a move that could reportedly affect 4,200 workers in Northern Ireland.

  • September 27, 2017

    White House Considering Puerto Rico Shipping Exemption

    The Trump administration is considering lifting a shipping restriction on foreign-flagged ships going to Puerto Rico, the president said Wednesday, as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria.

  • September 27, 2017

    2 Indicted For $400M Defense-Contract Bribery Plot

    A former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting officer and a former South Korean defense officer have been indicted for a scheme to steer more than $400 million in U.S. defense construction contracts to a Korean company in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2017

    US Asks China Not To Implement Cybersecurity Law

    The U.S. government has asked China not to move ahead with the implementation of a controversial cybersecurity law, warning that the measure could have a chilling effect on trade in the lucrative tech sector, according to a World Trade Organization document published on Tuesday.

  • September 26, 2017

    Feds Charge 2nd Man In $1M Overseas Investment Loan Scam

    New Jersey federal prosecutors unsealed charges Tuesday against a second man they say took part in a plot to swindle the Overseas Private Investment Corp. by diverting the bulk of $1 million meant to fund a Liberian bus company into the pockets of its U.S. backers.

  • September 26, 2017

    US Treasury Sanctions North Korean Banks, Individuals

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday rolled out sanctions targeting 10 North Korean banks and 26 individuals said to have ties to North Korean financial networks, a move aimed at restricting the reclusive regime's ability to tap the international financial system to finance its weapons programs.

  • September 26, 2017

    Changes Afoot For Investor-State Arbitration In Europe

    A slew of developments over the last few weeks have highlighted the uncertain path ahead for investor-state arbitration in Europe, even as the European Commission forges ahead with developing a multilateral investment court. Here, Law360 takes a look at how these developments fit into the overall picture.

  • September 26, 2017

    Bombardier Hit With US Tariffs On Jets In Boeing Trade Spat

    The U.S. Department of Commerce slapped Canada's Bombardier Inc. with countervailing duties on its new line of C-Series commercial jets, siding with American titan Boeing Co. in a closely watched trade dispute, according to a decision unveiled late Tuesday.

  • September 26, 2017

    Canada, US Driller Spar Over NAFTA Rules In $103.6M Row

    A U.S. natural gas driller and the Canadian government struck opposing positions Friday in a $103.6 million dispute over whether Quebec’s St. Lawrence River drilling ban triggers mandatory compensation for lost future profits, sparring over recent submissions by the U.S. and Mexico observing how the North American Free Trade Agreement affects the case.

Expert Analysis

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Renewable Energy In The Age Of Trump

    Andrew Bell

    The same rhetoric from the Trump administration that mobilized coal country voters has worried renewable energy advocates. However, there are four areas where the current administration's policies could have a lasting effect on renewable energy development, say Andrew Bell and Reed McCalib of Marten Law PLLC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Time To Lift The Ban On Foreign Control Of US Reactors

    John Matthews

    An outdated legal restriction prohibits foreign ownership or control of U.S. commercial nuclear reactor licenses. Foreign companies nonetheless invest in U.S. reactors, but must partner with U.S. firms, which distorts the marketplace. Properly vetted foreign companies owning U.S. reactor licenses would promote the country's economic interests without endangering security, says John Matthews of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Why ITC Is Increasingly Attractive For Patent Holders

    Ajay Mago

    U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past 15 years are limiting patent holders’ rights, and the recent TC Heartland and Lexmark decisions seem to hew to that direction. The legal community is learning that the U.S. International Trade Commission offers patent holders significant advantages compared to federal court, say Ajay Mago and Scott Anderson of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Future Of Business And Human Rights: More Regulation

    Christopher Walter

    Voluntary corporate human rights compliance, embedded within corporate social responsibility initiatives, has failed to maximize businesses’ potential to combat global human rights abuses. Increasingly, governments are pushing businesses to improve monitoring and combating of human rights abuses in their supply chains. In the meantime, businesses can be proactive, say Christopher Walter and Tom Plotkin of Covington & Burling LLP.