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International Trade

  • July 24, 2018

    Textron Must Disclose Legal Advice On Cluster Bomb Deal

    Textron Systems Corp. must turn over documents surrounding legal advice it received 14 years ago that could shed light on whether the last U.S. company to have manufactured cluster bombs was justified in cutting a Saudi consultant out of a $1 billion deal, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    $717B Defense Bill Raises Troop Pay, Skips Contentious Items

    The final $717 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act supports some U.S. Department of Defense priorities like a new battlefield monitoring network while pushing back against others through moves like restricting the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey and leaving many contentious proposals out entirely.

  • July 24, 2018

    GOP Donor Wants State Dept. Input In Qatar Hacking Case

    A prominent Republican fundraiser accusing the Qatari government of authorizing the hacking of his servers as part of an alleged smear campaign asked a California federal court to request a statement from the U.S. Department of State on the potential national security implications of the case.

  • July 24, 2018

    Curtis Adds Gibson Dunn Litigation, Arbitration Pro

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has nabbed a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP solicitor-advocate to lead its London litigation practice and bolster its global disputes team with his extensive experience handling complex litigation and international arbitration matters.

  • July 24, 2018

    UK Mulls Tighter Scrutiny Of Foreign Investments

    The U.K. government outlined plans Tuesday to strengthen its ability to review foreign investments for national security concerns, making it the latest country to seek to curb inbound deals targeting sensitive industries like technology.

  • July 24, 2018

    Trump Preps $12B For US Farmers Caught In Trade Crossfire

    The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled out a plan to provide $12 billion in support to U.S. farmers who have been tagged with retaliatory tariffs in the wake of the White House's aggressive trade enforcement blitz over the first half of the year.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    Qatar Wins Round In Int'l Court Challenge Over UAE Blockade

    The International Court of Justice on Monday ordered the United Arab Emirates not to escalate a dispute with Qatar, ruling by majority that the UAE must help Qataris who were adversely affected by an allegedly discriminatory and harmful blockade the country imposed more than a year ago.

  • July 24, 2018

    WTO Set To Decide US-India Farm Subsidy Squabble

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo has appointed three panelists who will adjudicate a U.S. case targeting Indian export subsidies, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    British Gov't Plans To Abide By EU Law To End Of 2020

    The U.K. will remain bound by the European Union's laws and regulatory framework until the Brexit transition period elapses at the end of 2020, according to the proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement published by the government on Tuesday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Pool Supply Store Wins Tariff Dispute Over Floaties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday granted a Virginia-based swimming pool supply store’s bid to classify its imported floats as plastics rather than textiles for purposes of setting tariffs, finding that the plastic bladder was a “defining characteristic” of the floats.

  • July 23, 2018

    Mexican President-Elect Seeks 'New Stage' In Ties With US

    Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for a “new stage” in his country's relationship with the United States, writing a letter to President Donald Trump in which he shared his plans for the future of bilateral trade, border security, migration and development.

  • July 23, 2018

    G-20 Finance Chiefs Want Leaders To 'Step Up' On Trade

    Simmering trade tensions between the U.S. and its key partners prompted finance ministers from the G-20 nations to call for an accelerated effort to build unity on the trade front, warning that the fraught situation may soon begin to drag down the global economy.

  • July 23, 2018

    Qualcomm IPhone Import Ban Will Cause Harm, Buyers Say

    Smartphone consumers continued their push in California federal court to block Qualcomm’s attempt to force Apple to only import iPhones with Qualcomm's chipsets, pointing out in a recent multidistrict antitrust litigation filing that the chipmaker’s own experts have conceded that such a move would hurt competition and innovation.

  • July 23, 2018

    Cos. May Be Using N. Korean Labor Illegally, Gov't Says

    The U.S. Department of State on Monday issued an advisory on potential strategies that North Korea may use to evade trade sanctions, warning business owners that they may illegally be using North Korean goods and labor without realizing it.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    Canada Uses NAFTA To Fight Trump's Solar Panel Tariffs

    The Canadian government launched a North American Free Trade Agreement challenge to the Trump administration's safeguard duties on solar panels Monday, asserting that the tariffs were imposed illegally.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Lawmakers Back Down On ZTE Sanctions In Defense Bill

    The National Defense Authorization Act won’t include a U.S. Senate-backed provision that would have barred ZTE Corp. from buying American components, according to a series of public statements issued Friday from a bipartisan group of lawmakers incensed about the turnaround.

Expert Analysis

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Streamlining Section 337: Some Big Changes At ITC

    Ann Fort

    Overall, the new amendments to the U.S. International Trade Commission rules governing Section 337 unfair trade practice investigations are seen as improvements. But some observers believe the increased options may slow proceedings, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How Turkey's Expansive New Tax Amnesty Law Works

    Hakan Eraslan

    Hakan Eraslan of White & Case LLP discusses a detailed new amnesty law recently enacted in Turkey, which offers taxpayers a broad amnesty for most types of unpaid taxes.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Aviation Sector's Wings Clipped By Renewed Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Martin

    Stakeholders within the aviation sector will be heavily affected by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran. With $49 billiion worth of contracts for new aircraft subject to cancellation, and related impacts expected on financiers, lessors and air carriers, the situation continues to evolve very quickly, say Daniel Martin and James Jordan of HFW.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.