International Trade

  • May 30, 2017

    Saleswoman In Russia Export Plot Asks Not To Be Retried

    A former saleswoman connected to a $30 million Russian microchip export scheme asked a New York federal judge on Friday to prevent a retrial on two charges, saying she cannot be retried on the conspiracy charge and should be acquitted on the other.

  • May 30, 2017

    US Alerts WTO It Is Considering Massive Solar Tariff

    The U.S. notified the World Trade Organization that it has initiated an investigation into whether an influx of foreign solar cell imports harmed U.S. producers in response to bankrupt manufacturer Suniva’s petition to the International Trade Commission for massive tariffs on all U.S. imports.

  • May 30, 2017

    HP Polish Unit To Shed Deferred Bribery Charges

    Hewlett-Packard's Polish subsidiary has completed the terms of a 2014 deal that deferred Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges in exchange for $108 million in penalties and three years of compliance reporting, the Department of Justice said in a recent court filing.

  • May 30, 2017

    UN Bribery Trial Delayed Amid Gov't Secrecy Concerns

    The trial of a Chinese developer accused of bribing United Nations officials — set for jury selection on Tuesday — was pushed back after prosecutors asked for an extra month to work on a request to shield classified information.

  • May 30, 2017

    EU Details Brexit Plan For Top EU Court To Hold Sway In UK

    The European Commission outlined on Monday how the U.K. will continue to be tied by the European Union’s legal system and be subject to the rulings of the bloc’s top court in Luxembourg after Britain officially leaves the EU in March 2019.

  • May 30, 2017

    EU OKs Bilateral US Pact On Insurance, Reinsurance Rules

    Europe’s political arm rubber-stamped an agreement on Monday with the U.S intended to harmonize trans-Atlantic insurance and reinsurance rules by eliminating regulatory barriers and axing collateral requirements for European Union reinsurers doing business in the U.S.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

  • May 26, 2017

    Judge Reopens ParkerVision Patent Suit Against Apple, LG

    A Florida federal judge on Friday reopened wireless communications company ParkerVision Inc.'s smartphone patent dispute against Apple, LG and Qualcomm after the end of a related U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • May 26, 2017

    House GOP Tax Plan May Exact Foreign Toll On Offshore IP

    The House Republicans’ plan to exempt exports, but not imports, from taxation may encourage American businesses to bring their offshore operations and profits back home, but companies holding intellectual property overseas would risk severe tax penalties from foreign governments if they try it.

  • May 26, 2017

    Time Is Right To Address FCA Pleadings Split, Co. Argues

    It’s the right time for the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split over the level of detail required for a False Claims Act suit to survive dismissal, Victaulic Co. said in a recent petition contesting a Third Circuit ruling that revived an FCA suit against the company.

  • May 26, 2017

    Senators Renew Fight To Lift Cuba Embargo

    The long-running legislative effort to liberalize U.S.-Cuba trade began anew on Thursday as a bipartisan group of 14 senators introduced a bill to lift the Cold War-era embargo on the island nation.

  • May 26, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Save Ex-Venezuela Ambassador's RICO Case

    A former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and anti-corruption consultant who accused two wealthy Venezuelans of paying bribes and defaming him failed to convince the Second Circuit to revive his case, with the court saying Friday the allegations underlying his racketeering suit were barely related.

  • May 26, 2017

    DC Circ. Erases $4M Iran Sanctions Penalty In Mixed Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed the U.S. Treasury Department’s wide latitude to impose Iran sanctions but set aside a $4.07 million penalty against car accessory seller Epsilon Electronics after finding that the agency cut too many corners in its investigation of the company.

  • May 26, 2017

    Lawmakers Object To Trump's Weapons Sale To Saudi Arabia

    A bipartisan handful in Congress objected to the Trump administration's March reversal of an Obama administration exclusion of precision-guided munitions in a long-planned $110 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, with the lawmakers expressing concerns about the monarchy's human rights record and alleged targeting of civilians while intervening in Yemen’s civil war.

  • May 25, 2017

    Commerce Begins Bombardier Probe After Boeing Petition

    The U.S. Department of Commerce launched a pair of investigations over potential dumping and unfair subsidies in the Canadian commercial aircraft import market after receiving complaints about Bombardier Inc. from Boeing, according to federal notices to be published Friday. 

  • May 25, 2017

    Senate Panel Tees Up Action On New Iran Sanctions Bill

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would slap new sanctions on Iran in a move that could ratchet up tensions with Tehran as Iran and the U.S. continue to implement a landmark accord to stem the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: A Shift In Company Thinking?

    Mona Patel

    For a company considering whether to take the affirmative step of voluntary self-disclosure under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program, it is difficult to ascertain precisely what could account for the difference between obtaining a declination, a 50 percent reduction in potential penalties or a 30 percent reduction in potential penalties, says Mona Patel of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Scrap The Conflict Minerals Report? Not So Fast

    Dynda A. Thomas

    Those hoping for updated U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance that would relieve or reduce companies’ conflict minerals diligence and disclosure obligations got only a fraction of what they wanted from last week’s SEC statements, says Dynda Thomas of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Series

    Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: Declinations On The Rise

    Marc Alain Bohn

    Although the self-disclosure of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations always carries with it the risk of potential enforcement, the FCPA pilot program has been accompanied by a notable uptick in declinations by the U.S. Department of Justice. We have identified a record 15 DOJ declinations in 2016, along with another six DOJ declinations in 2017 to date, say Marc Alain Bohn and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • The Phoney War Is Over: 10 Tips On The Brexit Process

    Sir Paul Jenkins

    Nine months after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, the formal exit process has finally started. The negotiating rhetoric and posturing on both sides will be one confusing aspect of the next two years, say former U.K. Treasury Solicitor Sir Paul Jenkins and members of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How Eliminating Agency Deference Might Affect PTAB And ITC

    Matthew G. Berkowitz

    Newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch penned a now-famous Tenth Circuit concurrence last year questioning whether deference doctrines are consistent with constitutional separation of powers. More recently, the U.S. House passed legislation to eliminate many applications of Chevron and Auer deference. This would have profound effects on patent-related administrative proceedings, say Matthew Berkowitz and Patrick Col... (continued)

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • How Terror Group Label For IRGC Could Impact Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    The Trump administration recently floated the idea of designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. This could seriously impact sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal, because it would make any business dealings with a company owned or controlled by senior IRGC officers — as up to 200 Iranian companies may be — a potential crime, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.