International Trade

  • September 21, 2017

    Swedish Telecom Telia To Pay $1B In FCPA Settlement

    Swedish telecommunications giant Telia Co. AB on Thursday pled guilty in a New York federal court on behalf of a subsidiary to paying massive bribes to government officials in Uzbekistan to enter the market there as part of a worldwide deal that will cost Telia nearly $1 billion.

  • September 21, 2017

    Senate Dems Float State 'Right-To-Work' Ban

    A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts unveiled legislation Wednesday that would block states from enacting so-called right-to-work laws, which bar agreements between employers and unions that require union membership and mandate union dues as a condition of employment.

  • September 21, 2017

    Trump Lines Up Bank-Targeted North Korea Sanctions

    U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration will impose new sanctions on any international banks or other companies that conduct business with North Korea, a move aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear weapons program.

  • September 21, 2017

    Truffle Tiff Targeting Trader Joe's Oil Expands To 3 Suppliers

    Shoppers who say that Trader Joe's charged them premium prices for imported truffle-flavored olive oil that contains no "black truffle whatsoever" added a California importer and two Spanish food companies Wednesday to a Manhattan class action targeting the grocery giant.

  • September 21, 2017

    Miller & Chevalier Adds Ex-DOJ National Security Counsel

    Miller & Chevalier Chtd. has nabbed a former national security counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bolstering its international practice with his background in export controls and economic sanctions, foreign direct investment and cybersecurity.

  • September 20, 2017

    New Group Aims To Protect American IP In Trade Deals

    Trade associations from the entertainment, art, medical and technology industries announced a new partnership Tuesday with a mission to advance creativity and innovation while facing the challenge of enforcing their intellectual property internationally.

  • September 20, 2017

    EU Court Scratches End Of Poultry Subsidy On Technicality

    The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday cited a procedural error in annulling a regulation that eliminated a subsidy on poultry meat, but the court said the regulation would remain in effect until a new measure was adopted.

  • September 20, 2017

    As 3rd NAFTA Negotiation Looms, Calls For Change Pour In

    Industry groups and lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren have ramped up calls this week for what a new North American Free Trade Agreement should look like, as trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are set to meet this weekend for a third round of negotiations.

  • September 20, 2017

    Coy On Details, Trump Makes Decision On Iran Nuke Deal

    U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has decided whether to recertify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted him for his “hateful rhetoric” regarding the deal and, more broadly, Iran.

  • September 20, 2017

    SEIA Say Broke Solar Cos. Lack Plan In Tariff Bid To ITC

    The Solar Energy Industries Association blasted Suniva and SolarWord Tuesday for failing to submit a customary plan to regain viability as they ask the International Trade Commission to tax all solar imports, but Suniva responded the same day, saying their hands were tied by bankruptcy court.

  • September 20, 2017

    Commerce Begins Japan, Kazakhstan Sponge Dumping Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed Wednesday in the Federal Register that it will move forward with an investigation into whether titanium sponge production in Kazakhstan was being subsidized by the government there and dumped in the U.S. by that country and Japan at less-than-fair value.

  • September 19, 2017

    Feds Want 5 Years For Money-Laundering Korean Scientist

    Federal prosecutors told a California federal court on Monday that the former head of South Korea’s government-funded earthquake research program who was convicted of laundering bribery proceeds in the United States should be sentenced to nearly five years in prison, pushing back on his bid for a much shorter prison stay.

  • September 19, 2017

    Veon Must Face Investor Class Action, With Some Limits

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that European telecommunications company Veon Ltd., which admitted to paying bribes in Uzbekistan, can’t escape a proposed class action for failing to disclose its crimes to investors, finding that the suit was “in large part” strong enough to survive dismissal.

  • September 19, 2017

    EU's Bid For A Global Investment Court Won't Come Easy

    The European Union is taking its landmark investment arbitration reform effort global with a formal bid to launch talks for a multilateral investment court, but resistance from investors and a lack of clarity about political momentum suggests a long and contentious path for Brussels.

  • September 19, 2017

    Canada Won't Back Down From Boeing-Bombardier Dispute

    Canada will continue to push back against Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier even if Boeing wins a related dispute, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, a day after threatening to cut off business with Boeing unless it drops its complaint.

  • September 19, 2017

    Lobster Thief Ordered To Fork Over $30M To South Africa

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ordered a man who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 to 2001 to fork over more than $30 million to the country, bumping up a previous restitution award after the poacher dodged his obligation to pay back victims of the overharvesting.

  • September 19, 2017

    Lawmakers Urge Trump To Fight Unfair Labor Practices

    Four Democratic legislators on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to work on countering foreign labor practices they say cost U.S. jobs and undercut American workers.

  • September 19, 2017

    Hitachi Metals Hits Chinese Rivals With ITC Trade Secrets Suit

    Hitachi Metals filed a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday alleging that a number of Chinese companies have violated the Tariff Act by selling and importing into the U.S. amorphous metals manufactured using misappropriated trade secrets.

  • September 19, 2017

    Pipe Co. Tells CIT Its Flanges Not Subject To Dumping Duty

    A pipe company has filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade that contests a Department of Commerce determination that iron pipe flanges it imported from China fall under anti-dumping duties on pipe fittings.

  • September 19, 2017

    EU Top Court Adviser Says Arbitration Clauses Are Legal

    An arbitration clause included in an investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia does not violate European Union law, a top legal adviser at the bloc's highest court concluded on Tuesday in a finding that goes against the long-standing position of the European Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • FCPA Disgorgement: Putting SEC To Its Burden Of Proof

    Iris Bennett

    In some Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases where the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission takes the view that disgorgement is warranted, there may be valid arguments to raise with the agency that causation between the illicit conduct and the ill-gotten gains is not satisfied, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 6 Takeaways From Trump Order On Defense Industrial Base

    Susan Cassidy

    A recent executive order that calls for a sweeping review of the defense industrial base and supply chains offers contractors an important glimpse into the Trump administration “America First” vision and potential impacts on federal procurement, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.