International Trade

  • August 1, 2017

    GOP Allies Won't Throw Logs On Trump's Trade Fire

    Months after President Donald Trump issued a clarion call to identify the “violations and abuses” plaguing U.S. trade agreements, traditional supporters of free trade do not appear to be taking the bait, opting instead to urge the White House to focus on the positive effects of trade liberalization.

  • August 1, 2017

    Twist China’s Arm So N. Korea Feels It, Schumer Says

    Senate Minority Lead Chuck Schumer on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to hold up any Chinese mergers or acquisitions of American companies to leverage Beijing into applying greater pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions.

  • August 1, 2017

    Commodities Co. Sues FBI Over $24M N. Korean Sanctions

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation was hit Monday with a lawsuit in D.C. federal court from an overseas-based commodities business complaining that $24 million in assets have been frozen after the agency wrongly placed it on a blacklist of entities supposedly connected to North Korea and deserving of sanctions.

  • July 31, 2017

    Azerbaijan Is Pressed For More Progress In Bid To Join WTO

    The World Trade Organization official leading the committee on Azerbaijan's 20-year quest to join the trade agency called on the former Soviet republic Friday to get moving on bilateral talks with WTO members over terms of membership, saying the negotiations have “fallen behind.”

  • July 31, 2017

    Foley Adds 2 LeClairRyan IP Attys With Int'l Trade Expertise

    Foley & Lardner LLP has hired a two-man team of intellectual property lawyers from LeClairRyan, adding to its capabilities in copyright, trade secret, competition and international trade matters connected to patent disputes, transactions and litigation.

  • July 31, 2017

    US Sanctions Venezuela President After 'Sham' Election

    The U.S. government sanctioned Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, calling him a “dictator” after the country held elections for a new constituent assembly that U.S. officials say would undermine democratic processes and allow further control of an oppressive regime.

  • July 31, 2017

    Commerce Delays Hotly Anticipated China Market Decision

    The trade bar will have to wait a bit longer to see whether the Trump administration will grant China more favorable “market economy” status in its probe of Beijing’s aluminum foil exports, the U.S. Department of Commerce disclosed Monday as it delayed the first benchmark in the case by 50 days.

  • July 31, 2017

    Iran Cos. Sanctioned After 'Provocative' Space Launch

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control on Friday sanctioned six Iranian companies associated with an entity that OFAC said is central to Iran’s ballistic missile program, citing “provocative” recent actions such as Iran’s launch of a space rocket.

  • July 31, 2017

    ICSID Can Award $103M Without Undoing Drill Ban: Fracker

    A U.S. natural gas driller seeking $103.6 million from Canada has told the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes that the panel doesn’t have to strike down Quebec’s ban on oil and gas drilling beneath the St. Lawrence River in order to find that the 2011 law amounted to expropriation under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • July 31, 2017

    City Demands Assurance As UK Vows To End Free Movement

    The U.K. government on Monday pledged to end Britain's open-border policy with the European Union when Brexit is completed in March 2019, prompting British banking and insurance firms to demand cast-iron assurances that any new immigration regime will allow them to continue attracting overseas talent.

  • July 28, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Hermes lodge a competition suit against MasterCard, a new suit between the Irish Bank Resolution Corp. and developers at London's Camden market and Norwegian marine insurer Skuld's suit against a former president of Micronesia. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 28, 2017

    Fla. Gov. Details Plan To Bar State Investment In Venezuela

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced details Thursday of a proposal to ensure that the state's investments are not supporting the oppressive Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro — and also took issue with the suggestion in a news article that he had backed off pledges for stronger action.

  • July 28, 2017

    Fed. Circ.’s Patent Revival Flubs Key Precedent, Sony Says

    Sony Corp. and other tech companies on Thursday asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider the revival of wireless headphone patents that they are accused of infringing, saying that the ruling flies in the face of a 2014 Supreme Court finding that barred ambiguous, indefinite patent claims.

  • July 28, 2017

    House, Senate Leaders Ask For Competition Focus In NAFTA

    The heads of the House and Senate judiciary committees spoke out Friday in support of including a competition chapter in upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, saying the move would “establish a high standard” for future proceedings.

  • July 28, 2017

    Don't Expect Looser Russia Sanctions Anytime Soon

    As President Donald Trump continues to feel the heat over his campaign’s possible connections to Russia, lawmakers have taken sanctions policy into their own hands with a new bill that will create headaches for the White House if it ever decides to take a softer line on Moscow.

  • July 28, 2017

    Japan To Hike Tariff For US Frozen Beef To 50%

    The Japanese government announced Friday that next month it will increase from 38.5 to 50 percent the tariff rate on frozen beef imported from the U.S. and other nations with which it does not have a free trade agreement.

  • July 28, 2017

    Uzbekistan Says Ex-Prez’s Daughter Convicted 2 Years Ago

    Prosecutors in Uzbekistan for the first time in years shined a light on what became of Gulnara Karimova, the country’s former first daughter who was accused of taking bribes and hiding her corrupt assets around the globe, saying Friday she was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced back in 2015.

  • July 28, 2017

    Gilead Says Macleods India Infringed HIV Medication Patents

    Gilead Sciences Inc. and Emory University on Thursday hit Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd. with a suit in Delaware federal court claiming the India-based drugmaker infringed patents for HIV medications Truvada and Atripla through generic drug applications.

  • July 28, 2017

    Treasury Chief Says Election Ideal Deadline For Brexit Shift

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said Friday that the transition to Britain’s new long-term relationship with the European Union after Brexit has to be completed by the U.K.’s June 2022 general election.

  • July 27, 2017

    New Russia Sanctions Bill Headed To Trump After Senate Vote

    President Donald Trump now faces a dilemma: Should he sign a bill that would add new sanctions to Russia, North Korea and Iran, or veto a measure that passed with near-unanimous support in the Senate Thursday after passing with similar support in the House Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court Signals Interest In Vitamin C Price-Fix Case

    Nicholas Melzer

    For all companies engaged in international commerce, guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Second Circuit's controversial decision in the Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation would be welcome. If the Supreme Court's recent request for input from the acting solicitor general is any indication, the court may agree, say Nicholas Melzer and Janet Chung of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • The CFIUS Calculus Has Changed — In More Ways Than One

    Stephen Heifetz

    Recent unwritten changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, made in the name of national security, may undermine the committee's original purpose, says Stephen Heifetz, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP who previously served as the Department of Homeland Security’s CFIUS representative.

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 7 Steps To Protect Your Company From Export Violations

    Thomas McVey

    Thomas McVey, chairman of the international practice group at Williams Mullen, reviews the steps to consider in addressing potential violations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations and the sanctions programs of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Brazil’s Corruption Tipping Point

    Ariel Ramirez

    What began as a small money-laundering investigation at a gas station in the capital of Brazil has spread to corporations around the world and to the uppermost ranks of government. The best way for a company to understand its legal posture relative to its activities in Brazil is to undertake a comprehensive, independent investigation of operations in the region, says Ariel Ramirez of Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • The WTO Is Inappropriately Usurping American Sovereignty

    Daniel Pickard

    The World Trade Organization is losing its function as a forum where member states negotiate their trade-related rights and commitments. Rather, the WTO is increasingly becoming a dispute resolution forum where activist members of an international institution are creating new, non-negotiated obligations for member states, say Daniel Pickard and Tessa Capeloto of Wiley Rein LLP.