International Trade

  • February 28, 2017

    Ericsson IP Chief Testifies TCL License Terms Were Fair

    Ericsson Inc.’s head of intellectual property testified Tuesday in a California federal bench trial over whether it offered Chinese cellphone developer TCL fair license terms, defending Ericsson’s proposal that TCL pay a flat rate on its low-priced phones rather than the percentage royalty it publicly advocated for premium-priced phone makers.

  • February 28, 2017

    Feds Say UN Bribery Suspect Started 'Interrogation'

    Prosecutors on Tuesday told a New York federal judge in a bribery suit against billionaire real estate developer Ng Lap Seng that he should not grant Ng's motion to suppress statements he'd made to the FBI, saying Ng initiated the interview he is now calling an interrogation.

  • February 28, 2017

    Azevedo Tapped For 2nd Run As WTO Boss

    The General Council of the World Trade Organization on Tuesday appointed Roberto Azevedo to a second term as director-general of the organization, extending the Brazilian diplomat’s tenure amid a wave of anti-globalization sentiment that stands at odds with the organization’s mandate to eliminate barriers to international trade.

  • February 28, 2017

    Commerce Raises Final Dumping Duty On Korean Copper

    The U.S. Department of Commerce upped anti-dumping duties on Korean phosphorus copper alloys to 8.43 percent in a final determination announced Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2017

    WTO Will Miss Deadline On Boeing Subsidy Appeal Ruling

    As has become the norm in the protracted battle over U.S. and European aircraft subsidies, the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Tuesday said that it will miss its deadline to deliver a ruling on a Washington state tax cut to The Boeing Co. that has already been deemed illegal.

  • February 28, 2017

    Former Exec. Gets 11 Years For $50M Russia Export Scam

    A former director of the now-defunct Arc Electronics was sentenced Monday in New York federal court to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to covertly export more than $50 million worth of sensitive and regulated microelectronics to Russia for use by its military and intelligence agencies.

  • February 28, 2017

    $15B TransCanada Arbitration Paused Amid Keystone Reboot

    TransCanada Corp. on Monday suspended its $15 billion North American Free Trade Agreement arbitral claim against the U.S. over its cross-border permit denial for the Keystone XL pipeline, having reapplied for the permit at the urging of President Donald J. Trump.

  • February 28, 2017

    EU Court Rejects Bid To Nix Tariffs On Chinese Solar Panels

    The General Court of the European Union Tuesday upheld anti-dumping duties imposed by the 28-nation bloc against Chinese solar panels, rejecting claims by 26 companies subject to the measures that the EU improperly measured the “normal value” of the products.

  • February 28, 2017

    Importer Loses Some Stocking Classification Claims At CIT

    A compression stockings and sleeves importer will go to trial against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency next week minus some of the product models allegedly improperly denied duty-free medical products classifications, after a Court of International Trade judge said Tuesday that the company didn’t first protest those items.

  • February 28, 2017

    Trump May Use Food Safety Rules As Trade Cudgel

    President Donald Trump is considering using food safety rules to aggressively crack down on imports from Japan in a move that could violate global trade rules, according to audio of a private phone conversation between the president and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that was leaked Monday.

  • February 28, 2017

    Uncertainties Cloud Global Financial Rules: EU Commissioner

    Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s finance chief, said Tuesday that European lawmakers will have to reassess regulatory equivalence after Brexit and possible deregulation in the U.S. introduced uncertainty into global financial integration.

  • February 27, 2017

    EU Trade Chief Wants Vigorous Debate On Arbitration Reform

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday welcomed the forthcoming public commentary on her office’s push to install a global court for settling investment arbitration, saying that open consultations on the subject are vital.

  • February 27, 2017

    Senate Confirms Wilbur Ross As Commerce Secretary

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Commerce Department Monday, meaning billionaire investor Wilbur Ross will take the helm of the agency as one of the nation’s key economic officials.

  • February 27, 2017

    White House Continues To Push Back On Alleged Russia Ties

    The White House on Monday pushed back against reports that it had pressed CIA Director Mike Pompeo and senior lawmakers to defend it against claims of alleged improper contact between Trump campaign staff and Russian officials, as well as a Republican lawmaker’s call for a related independent investigation.

  • February 27, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Revisit EPA Argentine Biofuel Import Row

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider its ruling that upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision approving Argentine biofuel imports, a decision a U.S. biofuel industry group claimed wrongly allows the EPA to disguise a rulemaking as a simple administrative order.

  • February 27, 2017

    Japan Flies Into Canada-Brazil Aircraft Subsidy Battle

    The Japanese government has asked to take a closer look at a brewing World Trade Organization dispute between Canada and Brazil over aircraft subsidies, citing its own position as a major exporter of plane components, according to a WTO document circulated Monday.

  • February 27, 2017

    Judge Nixes Toyo's $29M Sanctions Bid In IP Suit, For Now

    Until a related case is resolved first, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. can’t seek $29 million in contempt sanctions against units of a Chinese state-owned tire company in a dispute over trade dress on certain off-road tires, a California judge said Monday.

  • February 27, 2017

    Wal-Mart, Mexican Unit Get Shareholder Bribery Suit Tossed

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. beat back a lawsuit from shareholders who accused the retail giant of breaking securities laws by turning a blind eye to bribery and corruption at its Mexican subsidiary, with a New York federal judge concluding Monday that the allegations came too late or failed to show deceptive intent.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Hit Back At UN Bribery Suspect's Discovery Grumbles

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday pushed back against complaints from Chinese real estate tycoon Ng Lap Seng that the government has been slow to produce key evidence in the case accusing him of trying to bribe United Nations officials, calling the gripes inaccurate.

  • February 24, 2017

    Ceva Sues Chinese Airline For $2M Over Lost Cargo

    China Airlines' cargo division is facing two lawsuits filed last week alleging it was negligent in shipping $2 million worth of biotech materials that were damaged during their trip from Chicago to Shanghai in February 2015.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Late Innings: Top Enviro Decisions From Final Days Of 2016

    Anthony B. Cavender

    December 2016 saw several major environmental decisions made by federal and state courts. Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers insight into these important cases and the impact they could have in 2017 and beyond.

  • The Implications Of Lifting Sanctions Against Sudan

    Simeon M. Kriesberg

    Earlier this month, the outgoing Obama administration announced that long-standing comprehensive sanctions against Sudan would be suspended effective Jan. 17, 2017, and that the sanctions would be revoked in six months if the progress of the past six months continued. Mayer Brown LLP attorneys discuss the implications of these actions.

  • Disregarded Entity Regs Confirm Global Transparency Push

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    In December, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations greatly expanding the scope of Internal Revenue Code Section 6038A, and establishing new reporting requirements for domestic disregarded entities with one foreign owner. The rules expand the agency's ability to collect information about taxpayers, which it can then share with foreign governments, and use to enforce U.S. tax laws and prevent money laundering, say att... (continued)

  • FCPA Expectations Under President Trump

    Roderick L. Thomas

    We are on the lookout for three signs that the Trump administration will enact changes in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, say Roderick Thomas and Colin Cloherty of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • An Inconvenient Forum: Circuit Split Remains

    Igor Timofeyev

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline consideration of the question in Belize’s recent petitions leaves in place divergent applications of the forum non conveniens doctrine by U.S. federal courts in foreign arbitral award enforcement actions. For now, parties seeking to enforce foreign arbitral awards in the United States still have an important strategic decision to make, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • 2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

    R. Trent Taylor

    The food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S. courts and in the boardrooms of domestic and international food and beverage companies, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.