International Trade

  • April 27, 2017

    ITC Investigates LG Complaint Against Blu Products

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it would investigate a complaint by LG Electronics Inc. alleging that Florida-based Blu Products Inc. has imported smartphones that infringe five of its LTE standard patents.

  • April 27, 2017

    Dems Knock Piwowar Over Conflict Minerals Move

    A group of Democratic senators sent a letter Thursday knocking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Michael Piwowar for halting enforcement of the agency’s controversial conflict minerals rule, telling the acting chair he lacked authority to do so and has set a “dangerous precedent.”

  • April 27, 2017

    Austria Should Win EU Double Taxation Fight, Opinion Says

    Sitting as an arbitral tribunal under an agreement between Austria and Germany, the European Union’s top court was advised Thursday that only Austria should be allowed to tax the income from certificates that one of its banks received from a German bank.

  • April 27, 2017

    Duracell Sues Over Gray Market Chinese Batteries

    Duracell filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Thursday accusing a Missouri wholesaler of selling so-called gray market versions of the company’s famous copper-top alkaline batteries.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trudeau Urged To Ban US Coal Shipping Over Lumber Tariff

    British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on Wednesday asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban shipments of U.S. thermal coal from entering ports in her province in response to a tariff placed on softwood lumber by President Donald Trump earlier this week.

  • April 27, 2017

    Texas Sues FDA Over Ban On Import Of Execution Drug

    The state of Texas on Wednesday hit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a suit in federal court claiming that the agency overstepped its authority in blocking the import of a drug used to carry out lethal injection executions.

  • April 27, 2017

    EU High Court OKs Use Of Tax Probe Docs In Price-Fix Case

    The European Union’s highest court on Thursday dismissed an Italian banana importer’s appeal of a €6.7 million ($7.3 million) fine over allegations of participation in a price-fixing cartel, saying the European Commission could rely on documents transmitted from Italy’s finance police.

  • April 27, 2017

    South Korea Fines Novartis $48M Over Bribes To Doctors

    South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has fined Novartis 55 billion South Korean won ($48 million) and stopped reimbursements for the Alzheimer's drug Exelon and chemotherapy drug Zometa after six of the company’s executives were charged with bribing doctors to use their products, the drugmaker confirmed Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump's Trade Agenda: The First 100 Days

    Trade policy has been the subject of nearly unprecedented scrutiny with the election of President Donald Trump, who has spent his first 100 days upending decades of conventional political wisdom through muscular enforcement efforts and an overhaul of the U.S. negotiating agenda. Here, Law360 lays out the biggest international trade developments since Trump took office.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump Open To NAFTA Talks After Reported Withdrawal Threat

    President Donald Trump vowed to conduct a sincere renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement late Wednesday, capping off a tumultuous 12-hour period during which the White House was reportedly close to triggering a complete withdrawal from the trilateral accord.

  • April 27, 2017

    EU Says No Quick UK Trade Deal, Warns of Brexit 'Illusions'

    Britain’s financial services sector will not get any special treatment in the upcoming Brexit negotiations under guidelines agreed to Thursday by European Union ministers for talks with Britain on its withdrawal from the bloc, according to the Maltese minister who chaired the officials' meeting.

  • April 26, 2017

    Aluminum Probe Marks Trump Admin.'s 2nd Use Of Rare Law

    The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday launched a new investigation assessing national security threats from aluminum imports that could potentially lead to new tariffs, wielding an obscure trade law that allows for such probes for the second time in seven days.

  • April 26, 2017

    Canadian MP: Trump 'Shooting Himself In The Foot' On NAFTA

    As President Donald Trump continues to push for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he may be “shooting himself in the foot” with his recent tough talk on Canada’s dairy and lumber policies, Canadian Parliament member Gerry Ritz told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • April 26, 2017

    Counterfeit 5-Hour Energy Ringleader Sentenced To 7 Years

    A wholesale distribution company owner who pled guilty to orchestrating a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than half a million dollars in restitution to the drink’s maker, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco.

  • April 26, 2017

    ITC Pro Joins McGuireWoods IP Practice

    A former Steptoe & Johnson LLP intellectual property partner who has worked on over 50 U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection cases for clients such as Nintendo has joined McGuireWoods LLP.

  • April 26, 2017

    Bankrupt Solar Panel Co. Asks For Tariffs On Foreign Imports

    Hoping to shake up a “deteriorating” industry and outlast its own bankruptcy, U.S. solar panel manufacturer Suniva Inc. formally asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to impose tariffs on all foreign-made solar cells, saying cheap imports are driving down prices and hurting domestic companies.

  • April 26, 2017

    Russian Steel Co. Can't Challenge Zero Dumping Margin: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday nixed for lack of standing a Russian steel company’s challenge to the Department of Commerce’s determination that its steel products sold in the U.S. are supported by government subsidies, since no countervailing duty was imposed on the company.

  • April 26, 2017

    Billionaire Can't Dodge Indictment In UN Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge Wednesday declined to dismiss an indictment against Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng charging him with a plot to bribe United Nations officials to facilitate construction of a convention center in Macau, saying it is legally sufficient.

  • April 26, 2017

    FEC Urged To Investigate Citgo's Trump Inauguration Kick-In

    A democracy watchdog has asked the Federal Election Commission to immediately investigate President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee after it emerged that a U.S. subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-owned oil company chipped in $500,000 to the inauguration, saying the contribution violates a federal ban on foreign donations.

  • April 26, 2017

    Chinese MSG Duties Need Redo, CIT Says

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Tuesday partially upended U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping duties revisions for Chinese exports of the flavor enhancer MSG, concluding the agency improperly valued “inland freight” and should not have rejected data submitted by the duties petitioner, a domestic producer.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Don't Bet On Unsupported Worldwide Order To Secure Assets

    Lincoln Caylor

    The approach by the English Court of Appeal in Saleh v. U.K. Serious Fraud Office is welcome from an asset-recovery perspective. Parties seeking to freeze or seize assets in a foreign jurisdiction should not be hamstrung by a blindly made order rendered without evidence or argument, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Uptick In Coordinated US-Brazil Anti-Corruption Enforcement

    Jason Jones

    The coordinated efforts of U.S. and Brazilian enforcement authorities were on display recently in a number of major corporate anti-corruption resolutions. Corporations doing business from, or within, Brazil must be mindful of a few key cross-border considerations, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Export Control Enforcement In The Wake Of ZTE Resolution

    Michael Casey

    The $892 million combined penalty against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., which is subject to court approval and would balloon to $1.19 billion if ZTE violates the terms of its settlement agreements, represents the largest fine and forfeiture imposed to date in an export control case. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP review the settlements and discuss the implications for future sanctions and export control enforcement.

  • Whistleblower Protections Vs. Confidentiality Obligations

    Debra S. Katz

    The case law related to confidential, proprietary or potentially privileged information that supports whistleblowers’ legal claims is not uniform. However, two recent decisions from California federal courts demonstrate that courts are willing to apply a proper balancing of interests when issues of confidentiality obligations arise in whistleblower retaliation cases, say Debra Katz and Aaron Blacksberg of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Risk Is Expanding Under The Kingpin Act

    Timothy A. Westrick

    There is a common misperception that only financial institutions are subject to economic sanctions compliance. However, companies in other markets can also find themselves at risk. Recent Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act enforcement actions against insurance companies send a cautionary signal, says Timothy Westrick, a senior manager at Treliant Risk Advisors and former federal prosecutor.

  • OFAC Takes Sanctions Jurisdiction Into Uncharted Waters

    Edward Krauland

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control’s recent finding that a Taiwan-based shipping company violated sanctions regulations has led to quite a bit of speculation about whether OFAC has asserted a broad new theory of jurisdiction. Bankruptcy proceedings, as opposed to other types of disputes in U.S. district court, have particular elements that appear to have been relevant to OFAC’s finding of jurisdiction, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Top 5 Business And Human Rights Concerns For Companies To Monitor

    Christopher Walter

    Businesses are being bombarded with information about their responsibilities toward global human rights and other nonfinancial efforts. According to Covington & Burling LLP attorneys Christopher Walter and Hannah Edmonds, U.K. businesses should be actively monitoring five key developments.