International Trade

  • May 4, 2017

    Australia Warns BHP Billiton Changes Could Spur Penalties

    Australia on Thursday cautioned BHP Billiton against ending its dual-listing amid pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, noting that delisting the mining and petroleum giant from the Australian exchange may be a criminal offense and could lead to civil penalties.

  • May 4, 2017

    Sales Worker In $30M Russia Export Scam Wins New Trial

    A former saleswoman connected to a $30 million Russian export scheme was granted a new trial on Wednesday when a New York federal judge said there was not enough evidence for two of the three jury convictions.

  • May 4, 2017

    As Canadian Lumber Fight Simmers, US Seeks More Data

    The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a call for industry comments on softwood lumber subsidies Wednesday, a traditionally rote request that takes on added significance given the Trump administration’s recent installation of preliminary duties on Canadian producers.

  • May 3, 2017

    Ex-State Department Legal Adviser Joins Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has brought on a former legal adviser to then-Secretary of State John Kerry and former deputy counsel to then-President Barack Obama as a partner working for the firm on issues related to economic sanctions, export controls, international dispute resolution and public international law, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 3, 2017

    Hard Bargains Could Discourage New Foreign Military Sales

    While the Trump administration may be more willing to consider a broader range of foreign military sales deals than its predecessor, its efforts to drive a hard bargain may also turn some potential customers off, making it uncertain whether it will top the record sales under the Obama administration.

  • May 3, 2017

    ITC Widens Focus Of Digital Trade Barriers Investigation

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday opened a pair of new investigations focused on global digital trade, focusing on trade barriers currently hampering companies from selling both to individual customers as well as other firms.

  • May 3, 2017

    Feds Want At Least 5 Years For Duo In 5-Hour Energy Scheme

    California federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a couple convicted of a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks to serve more than five years in prison each, with the husband in turn asking for three years and his wife for time served.

  • May 3, 2017

    Del Monte Gets Its $32M Pineapple Award Confirmed

    A Florida federal judge Tuesday confirmed Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.’s $32 million arbitration award won against one of its fruit suppliers, a Costa Rican pineapple plantation, rejecting the supplier’s argument that the tribunal’s decision was based on a fraudulent sales agreement.

  • May 3, 2017

    Chinese Wood Co. Fights Commerce's 111% Duty Finding

    A Chinese hardwood plywood company hit back Tuesday in the U.S. Court of International Trade at a 111 percent countervailing duty placed on its products by the Department of Commerce, saying the department did not afford the company sufficient opportunity to dispute the findings of the preliminary determination.

  • May 3, 2017

    Ex-Guinea Mining Minister Convicted Of Taking Bribes

    A Manhattan federal jury needed little more than five hours Wednesday to find a former Guinea mining minister guilty of taking $8.5 million in bribes in exchange for valuable mineral rights in the West African nation and then lying to banks about the money.

  • May 3, 2017

    Azevedo Hails 'Most Dynamic' WTO Talks In Years

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo said Wednesday that the debate among members looking to craft new trade rules is more “dynamic” than it has been in years, but that there is still considerable work to be done in order to reach a deal by the end of the year.

  • May 2, 2017

    UN Bribe Suspect Downplays Payments To Convicted Ex-Rep

    A Chinese billionaire set to go on trial for bribing United Nations officials argued on Monday that payments to the family of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who pled guilty to campaign finance fraud in 2013, weren't illegal and prosecutors therefore can't bring them up at trial.

  • May 2, 2017

    Judge Rips Giuliani, Mukasey For 'Disingenuous' Iran Dodges

    A New York federal judge slammed legal titans Michael Mukasey and Rudy Giuliani at a hearing Tuesday, saying they seemed “dismissive” of the serious nature of the charges against their client who is accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions.

  • May 2, 2017

    Commerce Sets June Deadline On Stalled Mexico Sugar Talks

    The U.S. Department of Commerce notified Mexico on Monday that the agency would reinstate anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Mexican sugar on June 5 if stalled negotiations regarding a current suspension of the levy do not produce an agreement.

  • May 2, 2017

    Trump May Be Tipping His Hand In Security Trade Probes

    With rare national security-based trade investigations of aluminum and steel now underway, President Donald Trump has boasted about his new enforcement actions in a way that experts say may open the door for a previously unforeseen legal challenge at the World Trade Organization.

  • May 2, 2017

    Another Chiquita Case Gets Moved To Growing Florida MDL

    Another suit against Chiquita Brands International Inc. was moved Monday to Florida federal court in sprawling multidistrict litigation that has relatives of people allegedly tortured and killed by a Colombian paramilitary group saying Chiquita paid off the terrorist group.

  • May 2, 2017

    Ex-Guinea Minister Admits To Web Of Lies At Bribery Trial

    Former Guinea minister Mahmoud Thiam doggedly sought Tuesday to disavow charges that he took $8.5 million from Chinese moneymen in exchange for mining rights in the West African nation, but Manhattan prosecutors forced Thiam to admit to jurors that he lied to banks and the IRS about his paydays. 

  • May 2, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Nabs Trade, Security Pros From Dentons

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP said Monday it has added Dentons’ former national security team of Giovanna Cinelli and Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp as partners in the firm’s international trade, national security and economic sanctions practice.

  • May 2, 2017

    Law360's Gray Market Goods Guidebook

    A lawsuit filed recently by battery maker Duracell put a spotlight on so-called gray market goods — products that are genuine but are resold without the authorization of the brand owner. To help clients tackle the nuanced problem, here are a few tips from experts on how to police the gray market effectively.

  • May 2, 2017

    After Boeing Claim, ITC To Investigate Bombardier

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday said it is opening an investigation into commercial aircraft imports from Canada, following allegations by U.S.-based The Boeing Co. that rival jet company Bombardier Inc. is dumping its C Series jets in the U.S. market with the help of government subsidies.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Implications Of Trump Budget Blueprint For US Stature Abroad

    Robert Kapla

    In addition to steep cuts to foreign aid and other forms of “soft power,” the Trump administration's budget blueprint proposes dramatic shifts to trade and investment priorities that — if enacted by Congress — could impact U.S. stature abroad and change the landscape for American businesses operating around the world, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.