International Trade

  • December 21, 2016

    USTR Report Names New International Piracy Dangers

    Stream-ripping sites and piracy apps are two growing dangers to international enforcement of intellectual property law, United States trade officials said in a report released Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2016

    Trump Taps Calif. Academic To Head New Trade Panel

    President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will form a new trade advisory panel within the White House, selecting University of California-Irvine professor Peter Navarro to be the panel’s leader and a top presidential trade adviser.

  • December 21, 2016

    EU Seeks Input On Global Investment Court Proposal

    The European Commission on Wednesday requested input from the public on its efforts to set up an international court that will adjudicate all investor-state disputes as a replacement for the patchwork of investment treaties and arbitration systems currently in place.

  • December 21, 2016

    WTO Tweaks Policy Reviews Amid Rising Membership

    The World Trade Organization Wednesday finalized some modest tweaks to the system its uses to review members’ trade laws and policies to accommodate for the multilateral body’s steadily growing ranks.

  • December 21, 2016

    Odebrecht, Braskem To Pay $3.6B In Record FCPA Case

    Engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA and affiliate Braskem SA agreed on Wednesday to pay a total of $3.6 billion in a record Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement with U.S., Brazilian and Swiss authorities over the Petrobras corruption scandal.

  • December 21, 2016

    Goldman Pays $120M CFTC Fine For ISDAfix Rate Rigging

    Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay a $120 million penalty to settle the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s allegations its traders worked to “game” the ISDAfix benchmark rate in an effort to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions, the CFTC announced Wednesday.

  • December 20, 2016

    DC Circ. Won’t Reverse Biofuel Land Rulings For US Group

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed a U.S. biofuel trade group’s attempt to reverse two Environmental Protection Agency decisions aiming to ensure vegetation isn’t razed to grow alternative fuel crops, adding an agency approval for Argentine biofuel imports wasn’t “arbitrary or capricious.”

  • December 20, 2016

    SIFMA, ABA Air Worries Over CFTC Cross-Border Swaps Rule

    The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the American Bankers Association and other swap market interest groups urged the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday to hit the brakes on proposed definitions for U.S. and foreign entities under cross-border swap rules, underscoring potential harm to the U.S economy and potential regulatory overreach.

  • December 20, 2016

    Echoing Trump, AFL-CIO Floats New Blueprint For NAFTA

    The AFL-CIO took a page out of President-elect Donald Trump’s playbook Tuesday by calling for an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement that would remove the deal’s investor-state arbitration and add enforceable rules to crack down on currency manipulation.

  • December 20, 2016

    Bankrupt Hanjin Gets Go-Ahead To Sell Calif. Port Stake

    A South Korean court has approved a bid by bankrupt container carrier Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. to sell its stake in a California terminal to Switzerland's Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA, according to media reports.

  • December 20, 2016

    Commerce Alters Dumping Margins For Chinese Chlorine Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an amended final anti-dumping duty order on chlorine disinfectants from China on Tuesday, following three court challenges over the last two years.

  • December 20, 2016

    Labor Watchdog Hopes Peru's New Leaders Yield Fresh Start

    The International Labor Rights Forum on Monday voiced optimism that Peru’s recently elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski can make meaningful improvements to the country’s workers’ rights and bring closure to a simmering trade dispute with implications for the U.S. retail and food industries.

  • December 20, 2016

    Brazil Eyeing WTO Case Against Canadian Aircraft Subsidies

    The Brazilian government announced on Monday that it will bring a World Trade Organization dispute against Canada targeting policies that the country has used to support aerospace industry giant Bombardier Inc., once again dragging the thorny issue of aircraft subsidies to the forefront in Geneva.

  • December 19, 2016

    US Tells WTO New Negotiating Strategy Needed

    While the World Trade Organization began its routine examination of U.S. trade policy on Monday, the Obama administration offered some critiques for the WTO itself, calling for members to pursue a more realistic negotiating strategy and push back against Appellate Body overreach.

  • December 19, 2016

    House GOP Committed To Hiking Taxes On Imports, Rep Says

    U.S. companies that rely on imports will “have to adjust” to a House Republican plan that would boost taxes on those goods while lessening the burden on exports, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said Sunday.

  • December 19, 2016

    Steel Glut Forum In Berlin Launched By Major Economies

    The U.S., China and other leading steel-producing nations on Friday launched a new governmental forum devoted specifically to crafting solutions to overcapacity in the global steel market, which has ravaged manufacturers around the world and inflamed trade tensions between powerful partners.

  • December 19, 2016

    Trump Team Eyes 'Quick Win' In ZTE Sanctions Row

    The incoming Trump administration is mulling a possible settlement with Chinese phone maker ZTE Corp. over its purported scheme to evade Iran sanctions, as one of the cabinet's first major moves upon taking power, according to transition team documents.

  • December 19, 2016

    IMF Head Found Guilty Of Negligence, Avoids Punishment

    A French court on Monday found International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence for allowing a since-reversed arbitration award involving the sale of Adidas during her time as France's finance minister, but spared her from fines and jail time, according to media reports.

  • December 16, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Says Attempted Lies Justify Duty On Paper Co.

    In a published decision, the Federal Circuit on Friday rejected a German paper company’s appeal of a 75 percent anti-dumping tariff, saying it was justified by the company’s own attempt to feed the Department of Commerce false information.

  • December 16, 2016

    DOE Defends Approval Of Cove Point LNG Exports

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to approve its decision to let Dominion Resources Inc. export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point facility in Maryland, saying the Sierra Club’s legal challenge is based on alleged environmental impacts that are too speculative.

Expert Analysis

  • A Primer On The Presidential Appointee Vetting Process

    Robert K. Kelner

    With the election over, the process of selecting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the process entails extensive vetting of professional credentials and a host of personal background check issues, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • What's Next For US-Mexico Bilateral Trade Under Trump?

    Carlos Vejar

    Withdrawal from NAFTA might not be the only alternative to keep U.S. companies from moving production offshore — assuming that is one of the main goals in considering such a withdrawal, says Carlos Vejar, a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and former general counsel for international trade in Mexico's Ministry of Economy.

  • DOD Rule Would Create Export Control Issues For Contractors

    Andy Irwin

    If implemented, the U.S. Department of Defense's proposed rule on withholding unclassified technical data could impact or potentially inhibit the submission of contractor export violation disclosures to the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce, say Andy Irwin and Michael Mutek of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 2

    John E. Davis

    The recent balance shift in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement likely reflects a strategic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to reallocate internal agency resources toward larger, more complex corporate investigations and the pursuit of culpable executives, leaving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the driver’s seat for most lower-value corporate enforcement actions, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Intellectual Property Under A Donald Trump Presidency

    Jorge Espinosa

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been a highly rated favorite of the American Conservative Union, which has condemned patent law reform as “a risk to American innovation.” As transition chief, Pence is likely to have a strong influence on President-elect Donald Trump’s view of the desirability of patent reform, says Jorge Espinosa, managing partner of Espinosa Trueba Martinez PL.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • How US Federal Elections Will Impact US-China Relations

    Stacy Ettinger

    Taking President-elect Trump at his word, the global trading system in general, and U.S.-China relations in particular, is about to hit a rocky four-year stretch, say Bruce Heiman and Stacy Ettinger of K&L Gates LLP.