International Trade

  • November 27, 2017

    Defense Seeks Delay After Jury Picked For Iran Sanctions Trial

    Jury selection was completed Monday in the New York federal trial of Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of allegedly scheming with Turkish-Iranian businessman and gold trader Reza Zarrab to dodge U.S. sanctions against Iran, but immediately afterward, the defense asked for a delay in the proceedings.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ropes & Gray Adds Former Baker Botts Partner To DC Office

    Ropes & Gray LLP said Monday that it has expanded the capabilities of its anti-corruption and international risk practice with the addition of a former Baker Botts LLP partner specializing in international transactions and U.S. trade regulations.

  • November 27, 2017

    US Quadruples Duties On Korean Wire Rod, Fixing Error

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has amended preliminary anti-dumping duties on carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Korea, raising them from 10.09 percent to 40.8 percent, to correct what it said was “a significant ministerial error.”

  • November 27, 2017

    WTO Members Angle For Investment Development Talks

    As the World Trade Organization races to deliver concrete results at its ministerial summit next month, a group of 13 countries came forward Monday with a proposal to formally launch a new effort to use overseas investment as a tool for global development.

  • November 27, 2017

    Commerce Dings Spanish Olives With Anti-Subsidy Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday formalized its decision to impose an early round of tariffs on ripe olives imported from Spain after concluding that illegal government subsidies had helped the products gain an advantage in the U.S. market.

  • November 27, 2017

    Bank Claims 1st Blockchain Trade Finance Transaction

    Spanish bank BBVA said Monday it has completed the first blockchain-based import-export transaction between Europe and Latin America, cutting the trading time from more than a week to just 2.5 hours.

  • November 22, 2017

    Senate Panel Unveils Homeland Security Funding Bill

    The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a budget bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the legislation allocating money for “border barriers” and funds for more border patrol agents.

  • November 22, 2017

    GAO Says DHS Uniforms Mostly Foreign-Made, Despite Policy

    Despite a statutory requirement that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security purchase uniforms and body armor made by U.S. manufacturers, exemptions to the policy mean that DHS and its component agencies actually get the majority of their uniforms from foreign sources, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday.

  • November 22, 2017

    Comcast X1 Set-Top Boxes Infringed 2 Rovi Patents, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has banned the import of certain Comcast Corp. set-top boxes after finding the media company and its video equipment suppliers infringe two patents owned by TiVo’s Rovi Corp.

  • November 22, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Stage Set For High-Stakes Gulf Battle

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, a battle among Gulf States that will test the WTO's third-rail national security provisions forged ahead, while the gridlock over Appellate Body vacancies became further entrenched.

  • November 22, 2017

    Enviros' Keystone XL Suits Can Proceed, Judge Says

    A Montana federal judge on Wednesday refused to nix a pair of suits challenging the revival of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the federal government can't evade environmental challenges simply because President Donald Trump delegated permitting authority for the controversial project to the U.S. Department of State.

  • November 22, 2017

    US Trade Rep Worried NAFTA Talks Making No Headway

    The fifth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks concluded on relatively peaceful terms Tuesday, with the parties vowing to continue their work and find a path forward for the 1994 pact, even as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he remained “concerned about the lack of headway.”

  • November 22, 2017

    What NAFTA Renegotiating Objectives Mean For Arbitration

    Updated renegotiation objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement that the Trump administration released in recent days have provided more insight into its stance on investment arbitration. Here, Law360 lays out what you need to know.

  • November 21, 2017

    CIT Stifles Auto Suppliers' Bid To Stonewall Foil Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade turned away a suit to halt early tariffs on imported Chinese foil Monday, ruling that a group automotive suppliers jumped the gun in arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not issue the duties on time.

  • November 21, 2017

    2 Chinese Tire Cos. To Pay Toyo $1.6M In Contempt Sanctions

    Two Chinese tire companies must pay $1.6 million for violating a 2014 judgment barring them from making and selling tires that are “confusingly similar” in appearance to a tire built by Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., a California federal court said Monday, granting much of Toyo’s contempt motion.

  • November 21, 2017

    ITC Proposes Tariffs To Curb Samsung, LG Washer Imports

    After concluding last month that Whirlpool was hampered by surging washing machine imports from competitors like LG and Samsung, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday proposed a set of tariffs that would penalize the companies for exceeding an import quota over the next three years.

  • November 21, 2017

    Texas Man Gets 4 Years For $6.4M Diamond Fraud Scheme

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ordered a Dallas businessman to forfeit about $3.79 million together with two co-conspirators in a diamond investment fraud scheme, also sentencing him to nearly four years in prison and two years of supervised release.

  • November 21, 2017

    Treasury Sanctions Chinese, N. Korean Companies Over Trade

    The U.S. Department of Treasury said Tuesday that it had sanctioned four Chinese companies and a slew of North Korean companies and vessels in an effort “to disrupt North Korea's illicit funding of its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

  • November 21, 2017

    Del. Court Nixes Committee Delay For M&G USA Sale Hearing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Tuesday to postpone a Dec. 11 sale hearing for M&G USA Corp.’s $1.7 billion Chapter 11, but delayed for 10 days a final hearing on the global plastic resin supplier’s $100 million debtor-in-possession loan.

  • November 21, 2017

    Coffee Bean Origin Country Is Where Roasted, Customs Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday published its final determination that, for the purpose of government procurement, the country where raw green coffee beans are roasted is the country of origin, on the grounds that the roasting substantially changes the product.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Should Note Guidance From Gov'ts On Human Rights

    Hannah Edmonds

    Recent legislative and courtroom developments in the U.K., the U.S. and further afield may have a significant impact on human rights compliance requirements for companies doing business internationally, say attorneys with Covington & Burlington LLP.

  • Visa Alternatives To Consider When H-1B Isn't An Option

    Andrew Greenfield

    Recently, a strong economy, coupled with a low unemployment rate for college-educated professionals has resulted in U.S. employers having just over a 30 percent chance of having their H-1B petitions selected for adjudication. Fortunately, there are alternatives employers can consider when they are unable to obtain the foreign professional resources they need, says Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • The Future Of NAFTA May Be Up To Congress

    R. Kevin Williams

    The North American Free Trade Agreement is not a conventional treaty. A president may decide to withdraw from NAFTA, but this choice may be meaningless unless Congress repeals the implementing legislation, says R. Kevin Williams of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.