International Trade

  • February 27, 2018

    Vitamin C Importers Urge Justices To Revive Antitrust Suit

    Vitamin C importers urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reverse a Second Circuit ruling that wiped out a $147.8 million judgment against two Chinese companies, arguing the decision allows the enforcement of U.S. law to "turn on the whims of foreign governments."

  • February 27, 2018

    Toyo Wants Chinese Tire Co., Counterclaims Out Of IP Row

    Toyo Tire sought Monday to drop its trade dress infringement claims against a Chinese company it had accused of ripping off its tread design, telling a California federal court its foe’s counterclaims challenging the validity of the trade dress must go too.

  • February 27, 2018

    ITC To Look Into Fuel Pump Assemblies Over Tariff Act Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday that it will be instituting an investigation into certain fuel pump assemblies for marine engines from a China-based company in response to a complaint filed by Carter Fuel Systems alleging violations of the Tariff Act of 1930.

  • February 27, 2018

    Vietnam Opens WTO Case Against US Catfish Inspections

    The Vietnamese government has launched a World Trade Organization dispute targeting the U.S. process for inspecting catfish imports, making good on years of legal threats against the controversial program, according to documents circulated on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2018

    WTO Appellate Body Turmoil Spurs Academic Call For Action

    A team of scholars from Georgetown University came forward Tuesday with proposals to resolve the World Trade Organization’s persistent struggle to fill three vacant seats on its seven-member Appellate Body, stressing that urgent action is needed to save the panel from outright catastrophe.

  • February 26, 2018

    Apple To Put Cloud Data Encryption Keys In China

    Apple Inc. said Saturday it is moving the digital keys that unlock China-based users’ iCloud accounts to the Chinese mainland, in a bid to comply with Beijing’s new stringent cybersecurity law that may make it easier for Chinese authorities to access the users’ data.

  • February 26, 2018

    Treasury Issues Sanctions For Libyan Oil Smuggling

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday sanctioned six people, 24 entities and seven vessels for illegally exploiting Libyan oil, stating that the oil's illicit production, selling and exporting threatens peace in the country.

  • February 26, 2018

    US Asks Peru To Verify Timber Exports Are Legal

    The Trump administration on Monday asked the government of Peru to show that three recent timber exports to the U.S. were sourced in compliance with the environmental rules laid out in the two countries’ bilateral trade deal, raising questions about illegal operations in Peru’s logging industry.

  • February 26, 2018

    Taiwanese Steel Nail Cos. Challenge Anti-Dumping Duties

    Several steel nail makers have filed suits in the U.S. Court of International Trade against the federal government, challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determinations based on adverse facts for anti-dumping duties against steel nail companies based in Taiwan.

  • February 26, 2018

    Indonesia Will Challenge US Biodiesel Tariffs At WTO

    The Indonesian government will challenge the Trump administration’s newly minted tariffs on its shipments of biodiesel at the World Trade Organization, the country’s trade ministry announced Friday, stressing that the duties run afoul of international rules.

  • February 23, 2018

    Air Unions Fight To Upend Norwegian Air Permit At DC Circ.

    Airline unions urged the D.C. Circuit Friday to upend the U.S. Department of Transportation's grant of a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish subsidiary, arguing all they need for standing for the challenge is market entry by a competitor that allegedly will undercut labor standards.

  • February 23, 2018

    Trump Taps Former USTR Atty For Int'l Trade Commission

    President Donald Trump intends to nominate a former U.S. Trade Representative attorney for a seat on the U.S. International Trade Commission, the White House said Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Tax Reform Seen Prompting Few Transfer Pricing Settlements

    The new U.S. tax on deemed repatriated offshore earnings could encourage the Internal Revenue Service to settle some pending transfer pricing cases, but it won’t cause the agency to abandon most of those assessments, practitioners told Law360.

  • February 23, 2018

    Nixing NAFTA Arbitration Provision Would Touch New Ground

    A proposal under consideration by the U.S. to eliminate investor-state dispute resolution from the North American Free Trade Agreement would mark a sharp departure from previous administration policy and likely set a precedent for future trade negotiations, experts say.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pentagon Favors 'Targeted' Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Defense has endorsed hitting imports of steel and aluminum with “targeted” tariffs rather than across-the-board enforcement measures, according to a memo released by the Trump administration late Thursday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Valeant Says Stomach Ulcer Drug Is Being Imported Unfairly

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. filed a claim with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that three American companies sold in the U.S. "falsely and misleadingly labeled" drugs containing clidinium bromide that purported to be generic versions of Valeant's stomach ulcer drug Librax, in violation of the Tariff Act of 1930.

  • February 23, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $3.2B Patriot Missile Sale To Sweden

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missiles to Sweden in a deal worth an estimated $3.2 billion, saying the weapons system would help ensure the security of the strategically important country.

  • February 23, 2018

    Canada Says It Has No Plans To Nix Arbitration From NAFTA

    A Canadian trade official refuted reports that Canada has proposed to the U.S. eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement's investor-state dispute settlement provision, telling Law360 on Thursday that if the U.S. intends to opt out of the provision, Canada will focus on a bilateral arbitration mechanism with Mexico.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Squeezes N. Korean Shipping Sector With New Sanctions

    The Trump administration on Friday unveiled a slew of new sanctions aimed at cracking down on North Korea’s shipping industry, flexing its muscle in what the president deemed the “largest ever” sanctions package imposed against the country.

  • February 23, 2018

    China's New VPN Crackdown 'Troubling,' US Tells WTO

    The U.S. expressed concern Friday over China’s new internet access rules that seem to impose restrictions on virtual private networks, telling the World Trade Organization that China has not provided the proper assurance on the rules’ effects on cross-border business before they come into force next month.

Expert Analysis

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA


    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Litigation Trend Links Climate Change And Human Rights

    Viren Mascarenhas

    One key takeaway from the Bonn Climate Talks — which recently brought together negotiators from close to 200 countries to discuss implementation of the Paris agreement — is that energy companies must seriously consider potential lawsuits linking their business operations with human rights violations and climate change, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Winarsky Green of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.