International Trade

  • January 30, 2017

    State Nominee Tillerson Advances Toward Final Senate Vote

    Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the State Department, got over a key Senate hurdle Monday evening, and the body could vote later this week on the nominee to head an agency trying to handle Trump’s dramatic shifts on foreign policy since inauguration.

  • January 30, 2017

    US Officially Withdraws From Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

    The U.S. formally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, in line with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump last week, telling the trade pact’s signatories that the country does not intend to become a party to the agreement.

  • January 30, 2017

    Senate Dems Win Delay In Mnuchin Committee Vote

    The Senate Finance Committee on Monday delayed a vote on President Donald Trump's treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, amid reports that the former banker at the very least misled senators about robosigning practices at the bank he formerly led.

  • January 30, 2017

    Oil Tanker Co. Toisa Slides Into Ch. 11 With $1B Debt

    Oil fleet operator Toisa Ltd. has filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York with more than $1 billion in debt, citing a drop in oil prices that began more than two years ago.

  • January 30, 2017

    Del Monte Can't Garnish Debt In $32M Award Fight: Judge

    A Florida federal magistrate judge recommended on Monday that Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s request to garnish a juice company's debt to a pineapple grower to satisfy a $32 million arbitral award against the grower be denied, saying the company should have sued under a different law.

  • January 30, 2017

    ITC Bars Import Of Bosch Table Saws For Patent Infringement

    The International Trade Commission on Friday issued orders to exclude certain Robert Bosch GmbH table saw models from the United States for infringing on a U.S. company’s safety system patents.

  • January 30, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP's international trade group continued to shore up its offerings in its core areas of customs, trade remedy and export controls and sanctions work in 2016, landing it a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year list for the second year in a row.

  • January 30, 2017

    Brexit May See UK Deregulate To Keep Banks, Report Says

    Regulatory rollbacks in cities like Paris and Frankfurt could lead to even more deregulation in Britain as the country competes to keep bankers in London amid the upheaval of Brexit, according to a report released Monday.

  • January 30, 2017

    Trump Signs 'One In, Two Out' Order On Rulemaking

    The reach of federal regulations could soon be sharply curtailed, as President Donald Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order that requires two regulations be nixed for each new rule passed, potentially grinding future rules to a halt this year.

  • January 27, 2017

    GOP Tax Plan May Increase Transfer Pricing Scrutiny Abroad

    House Republicans’ proposal to tax imports and not exports could render transfer pricing controversies moot in the U.S., but U.S.-based multinational businesses could still face blowback from foreign governments that are likely to challenge the cost of products and services being traded over international borders.

  • January 27, 2017

    WTO Issues Mixed Ruling On Russian Car Tariffs

    The Russian Federation violated World Trade Organization rules in its assessment of anti-dumping duties reaching nearly 30 percent on light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy, according to a mixed WTO panel decision issued Friday that also rejected a number of European complaints over the tariffs.

  • January 27, 2017

    BNP Paribas Escapes Victims’ Suit Over Terrorist Bombings

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Friday threw out a case accusing French bank BNP Paribas of helping fund a pair of terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa by allowing terrorist-sponsoring Sudan to funnel money to al-Qaida through BNP accounts, saying there was no clear connection between the business the bank did with the sanctioned country in the '00s and the 1998 attacks.

  • January 27, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Sides With CIT In Dispute Over Commerce Rule

    The Federal Circuit, in a precedential ruling Friday, agreed with the U.S. Court of International Trade’s decision that the Commerce Department violated the Administrative Procedure Act in a final anti-dumping duty investigation by failing to comply with the act’s rules on public notices and comments.

  • January 27, 2017

    Calif. Consumers Say New Balance Fails 'Made In USA' Test

    New Balance Athletics Inc. was hit Thursday with a putative class action suit in a California court alleging it falsely labels its shoes as “Made in the U.S.A.” even when they fail the legal standard for the label.

  • January 27, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s international trade group guided clients from across the world through billions of dollars worth of transactions, tough Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and highly sensitive national security trade reviews, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2017

    Trump's Wall May Disrupt Trade Before It's Even Built

    President Donald Trump’s most controversial stances on trade, immigration and tax reform collided this week as the White House’s attempt to muscle Mexico into paying for a border wall took a number of wild turns that has left the U.S.-Mexico alliance on shaky ground.

  • January 27, 2017

    Israeli Bank Tax Evasion Scam Put Investors At Risk, Says Suit

    A shareholder on Thursday hit Bank Leumi and current and former executives with a suit in a New York court, accusing them of putting the Israel-based bank’s New York subsidiary at risk by orchestrating a decades-spanning tax evasion scheme.

  • January 27, 2017

    EU Imposes Dumping Duties On Chinese Pipe Fittings

    The European Union Thursday issued yet another round of anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel products, this time aimed at pipe connectors.

  • January 26, 2017

    TransCanada Reapplies For Keystone Cross-Border Permit

    TransCanada Corp. submitted its presidential permit application Thursday to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, just two days after President Donald Trump pledged to renegotiate terms to get the controversial project underway.

  • January 26, 2017

    NY Judge Signs Off On Braskem's $632M Corruption Fine

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Thursday sentenced Odebrecht affiliate Braskem SA to pay a $632 million fine as part of a record Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement with U.S., Brazilian and Swiss authorities over the Petrobras corruption scandal.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • CFIUS Takeaways From Blocked Aixtron Deal

    Michael T. Gershberg

    President Barack Obama’s executive order that ultimately killed the planned acquisition of Germany-based Aixtron by a Chinese investor marks only the third time that a U.S. president has ordered a transaction unwound due to national security concerns. The decision shows that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States takes a wide view of its jurisdiction and is likely to continue to do so, say Michael Gershberg and Ju... (continued)

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • 6 Ways IP Enforcement Plan Impacts Public Health And Safety

    Libby L. Baney

    At 163 pages in length, the Obama administration’s recently issued interagency plan on intellectual property enforcement offers a comprehensive portrait of a variety of IP violations. It incorporates a range of perspectives, including stakeholders concerned about public health and safety, and establishes a new benchmark for IP enforcement efforts in the coming years, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The President’s Long-Forgotten Power To Raise Tariffs

    John Veroneau

    President-elect Trump’s statements have sent a generation of trade lawyers scurrying to grasp the contours of presidential power to raise tariffs. In the course of our own efforts to determine the metes and bounds of such authority, we discovered a long-forgotten but still intact statute that provides the president with broad tariff-setting authority, say John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • OPINION: The ITC’s Opportunity To Seize The Moment

    Joshua D. Wolson

    The ITC investigation arising from a complaint by Varian Medical Systems Inc. is exactly the type of case for which Section 337 was designed — one in which a successful American innovator and manufacturer faces a foreign competitor importing infringing products manufactured in China or elsewhere overseas, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.