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International Trade

  • October 22, 2018

    WTO Members Probe China's Scrap Material Import Ban

    A group of World Trade Organization members on Monday peppered China with questions about its effective ban on imports of scrap material, which has disrupted global recycling supply chains and begun to make Beijing's trade partners nervous.

  • October 19, 2018

    Billions In Saudi Arms Sales At Stake Amid Lawmaker Furor

    Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a potentially significant clash with President Donald Trump.

  • October 19, 2018

    FWS Not Posting Elephant, Lion Trophy Records Online: Suit

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is violating federal statutes by failing to publicly post information on the permits it issues to those seeking to import elephant and lion body parts into the United States as trophies, several animal rights organizations alleged in Virginia federal court Thursday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Europe Gets All-Clear To Settle Beef Hormone Fight With US

    The European Commission on Friday received permission from Europe's individual member states to negotiate with the U.S. in a bid to resolve a long-running trade dispute over shipments of U.S. beef treated with hormones.

  • October 19, 2018

    Thai Producer Sues Commerce Over Steel Pipe Tariff

    A Thai pipe producer slammed the U.S. Department of Commerce for tagging its carbon steel pipe shipments with a double-digit duty, contending in a Thursday lawsuit at the U.S. Court of International Trade that the agency exceeded its authority and miscalculated the tariff.

  • October 19, 2018

    Canada Wraps Up Auto Parts Cartel Probe With INOAC Plea

    Canada’s competition enforcer said Friday that it had concluded its investigation into an international conspiracy to rig bids on car parts, after it secured a guilty plea from a Japanese car parts manufacturer.

  • October 19, 2018

    What M&A Attys Must Know About Mandatory CFIUS Filings

    A new pilot program will require inbound U.S. investments across nearly 30 industries to file with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a significant change from the previously optional process that could spur steep financial penalties for those who fail to comply. Here, Law360 outlines key aspects of the soon-to-be-instituted rule change.

  • October 19, 2018

    WTO Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Set To Intensify

    A number of World Trade Organization cases spurred by the Trump administration’s national security-based duties on steel and aluminum will move toward a more contentious stage at an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO’s dispute wing, according to a meeting agenda circulated Friday morning.

  • October 18, 2018

    ITC Throws Up Stop Sign On Plastic Resin Duties

    U.S. import authorities will not impose tariffs ranging up to 275 percent on plastic resin from five countries after the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday found that the imports were not injuring or threatening to harm domestic producers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Noble Group Seeks US Protection During $3.5B Restructuring

    Global commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. is asking a New York bankruptcy court to shield its U.S. assets while its plan to restructure $3.5 billion in debt works its way through English courts.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trump Threatens To Send Troops To 'Close' US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the U.S. military to "close" the southern border if Mexico does not stop the so-called onslaught of immigrants, including a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants that is reportedly heading north toward the country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    Commerce Says Mexican Exporter Evading Steel Rod Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily found that a Mexican exporter has been evading anti-dumping duties on steel wire rod imports by making minor adjustments to the diameter of its wire rods, according to a filing to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • October 18, 2018

    Free Ports Should Share Data With Tax Officials, Analyst Says

    Lawmakers should enable customs authorities and free ports — warehouses in tax- and duty-free zones — to share information more directly with tax authorities, a European Parliament analyst suggested Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    AXA Gets Regulatory Backing For Brexit Shift From London

    A division of AXA Group said it has received provisional regulatory approval to move its European trading subsidiary from London to Dublin in a bid to minimize business disruption ahead of the U.K.’s impending departure from the European Union.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Two Years In, Trump Makes Play For New Trade Deals

    After nearly two years in office, President Donald Trump has taken the first steps toward supplementing his enforcement-heavy trade agenda with sweeping new trade agreements by informing Congress that he will formally begin talks with the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan.

  • October 17, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Nabs Ex-Baker Botts Trade Pro In DC

    Eversheds Sutherland has bolstered its international trade and energy practices with the addition of a former Baker Botts LLP partner, according to the firm.

  • October 17, 2018

    Treasury Declines To Name China A Currency Manipulator

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury declined to name China as a currency manipulator in its semiannual report Wednesday amid growing trade tensions with Beijing, but nevertheless gave a stern warning about the overall weakness of the Chinese currency renminbi and the lack of transparency in its monetary system.

  • October 17, 2018

    Apple, HTC, ZTE To Be Probed Over Phone Imports At ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into mobile phones and other devices sold and imported by Apple, HTC and ZTE after a patent licensing firm accused the companies of infringing on patents that cover technologies relating to the 3G and LTE wireless communications standards.

Expert Analysis

  • The DOJ's Current White Collar Priorities

    Melissa Jampol

    In a speech last week, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner acknowledged numerous changes over the past year in the U.S. Department of Justice's approach to corporate white collar enforcement, and clearly set forth current prosecutorial initiatives, say attorneys with Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.

  • Rethinking Rules Of Origin For A Changing World

    Samuel Coldicutt

    Rules of origin, which determine import duties under trade agreements, play an important role in global trade. But with value added to products at different stages in different countries, the designation of a single country of origin is becoming increasingly outdated and misleading, say Samuel Coldicutt of Linklaters LLP and Zvenyslava Opeida of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Can Trump Replace NAFTA With A US-Mexico Trade Deal?

    Scott Flicker

    Trade promotion authority gives President Donald Trump the power to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement. But if Congress determines that Trump failed to comply with procedural requirements, he could lose the ability to consummate a deal at all, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • When ITC Excludes Later-Filed Expert Testimony

    Bryan J. Vogel

    A pair of recent decisions out of the U.S. International Trade Commission illustrate the potential importance of consistency in early expert disclosures in an investigation, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • US' Secondary China Sanctions Signal New Risks For Cos.

    Ama Adams

    Last week, the U.S. government imposed broad sanctions on a component of the Chinese military — the first time that the U.S. has exercised its authority to impose secondary sanctions against non-U.S. parties for transactions occurring outside of the United States. This signals an era of expanded risks for U.S. and non-U.S. companies alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • How Hoskins Limits Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement

    Kevin McCart

    The Second Circuit’s recent decision in United States v. Hoskins limits the U.S. government's ability to charge a foreign national with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This holding is equally applicable to U.S. sanctions law, say Kevin McCart and Jacquelyn Desch of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.