International Trade

  • July 21, 2017

    Man Gets 3 Yrs. For Role In Electronics Smuggling Scheme

    An Italian national who copped to smuggling counterfeit electronics, including fake Apple phones and tablets and items bearing phony Sony labels, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison Friday, authorities from multiple agencies announced.

  • July 21, 2017

    Commerce Finalizes Up To 32% Tariff On Taiwanese Rebar

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday unveiled new tariffs on Taiwanese exporters after determining the companies had been selling steel rebar at unfairly low prices, levying final dumping rates ranging from about 3 to 32 percent in a probe launched by the Rebar Trade Action Coalition.

  • July 21, 2017

    Judge Overturns Lengthy Debarment On DOD Food Contractor

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge has overturned a 15-year federal contracting debarment issued by the U.S. Department of Defense’s logistics agency to a food exporter and its owners after related overcharging cases, ruling the DLA lacked evidence for the necessary “aggravating circumstances” to justify the lengthy exclusion.

  • July 21, 2017

    'Wife' A Job Title At Billionaire's News Co., UN Jury Hears

    A billionaire Chinese real estate boss accused of bribing United Nations officials pumped millions of dollars into his New York news outfit, using it to make fat payments to hangers-on including the wife of late General Assembly President John Ashe, an accountant testified on Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    White House Will Probe Defense Industry Amid Trade Fears

    President Donald Trump ordered a thorough review of the national defense industrial base Friday, as the government seeks to gather information about whether U.S. companies can meet the commercial demand for national security goods including steel, circuit boards and flat-panel displays.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump Fleshes Out USTR Team With Arbitration Specialist

    President Donald Trump unveiled another potential addition to his trade team on Thursday, nominating a Williams & Connolly LLP international arbitration attorney to serve as a deputy U.S. trade representative.

  • July 20, 2017

    China To Allow US Rice Exports After USDA Agreement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized an agreement with Chinese officials granting American farmers their first opportunity to export rice to the Asian nation, the agency announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Iran's President Promises Retribution For New US Sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said he plans to retaliate against U.S. sanctions announced this week by the Trump administration, according to the country’s state-owned media.

  • July 20, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Members Tackle In-House Challenges

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the delegations remain at an impasse over the appointment of new Appellate Body members and take stock of their collective effort to combat the many delays caused by a logjam of complex cases.

  • July 20, 2017

    Chinese Co. Challenges Solar Cell Anti-Dumping Duty At CIT

    Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co. brought a U.S. Court of International Trade challenge against the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination in its review of an anti-dumping duty on solar cells from the People's Republic of China, asserting that the department erred by not granting it separate rate status and that the determination was unjustified.

  • July 20, 2017

    Exxon Sues Over $2M Fine For Russian Sanctions Violations

    Exxon Mobil Corp. fired off a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, hours after OFAC announced what Exxon called a “fundamentally unfair” $2 million fine on the oil giant for allegedly violating Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.

  • July 20, 2017

    Lab Test Keeps Trader Joe's Truffle Kerfuffle Simmering

    A Manhattan federal judge told Trader Joe's Co. on Thursday not to bother filing a dismissal bid, after would-be classes of cheated condiment connoisseurs in New York and California said tests prove the grocery giant sold imported truffle-flavored olive oil that contains no "black truffle whatsoever."

  • July 19, 2017

    US Will Host First Round Of NAFTA Talks Next Month

    The effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement will begin in earnest on Aug. 16 with an opening round of talks in Washington, D.C., the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    ITC Finds Diebold ATMs Infringe Hyosung Patent

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that financial services company Diebold Nixdorf Inc. imported ATMs that infringe various claims of a patent belonging to Nautilus Hyosung America, prohibiting future entry of the ATMs into the U.S.

  • July 19, 2017

    Infamous Lobster Thief Faces Arrest For Dodging Restitution

    A Manhattan federal judge ordered Arnold M. Bengis, who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 until 2001, to serve 57 months in prison and to forfeit an additional $37.3 million at a Wednesday resentencing convened after Bengis dodged his obligation to pay back the victims of his massive exploitation.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms ITC Infringement Ruling On Dental Patents

    The Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that a dental supply company and its U.S. subsidiary imported dental implants that infringe patents held by Nobel Biocare Services AG and that prohibited entry of the products into the U.S., according to an order issued Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    Enforcement Hawks Back Stiff Steel, Aluminum Curbs

    A group of trade enforcement advocates on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to hold firm and pursue formidable import restrictions in its national security probes of foreign steel and aluminum, telling the White House to ignore “vague speculation about trade retaliation” from opponents.

  • July 18, 2017

    Trump Recertifies Iran Nuke Deal, Pushes For New Sanctions

    The Trump administration Monday for the second time recertified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 international agreement to curtail its nuclear program, even as it looked to hit Iran with additional sanctions related to its military programs and human rights abuses.

  • July 18, 2017

    Container Store Wins Customs Battle At Fed. Circ.

    The Container Store notched a victory at the Federal Circuit on Tuesday after convincing a panel of judges that parts of its Elfa shelving system should be duty-free and that the U.S. Court of International Trade had classified them under the wrong import category.

  • July 18, 2017

    Korean Scientist Found Guilty Of Laundering Bribes In US

    The head of South Korea's government-funded earthquake research program was found guilty of laundering bribery proceeds in the U.S. on Monday — the second such verdict against a foreign official this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide


    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Inbound And Outbound US Tax Planning After The MLI

    Jeffrey Rubinger

    The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting was signed this month by 68 jursidictions. The United States has not signed on, but the convention may impact foreign investors in the U.S., and U.S.-based multinationals. Still, interesting planning opportunities remain, say Jeffrey Rubinger and Summer Ayers LePree of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Post-Election Britain: Soft, Softer Or Softest Brexit?

    Markus Gehring

    Following the results of the United Kingdom's general election earlier this month, a much softer form of Brexit is now more likely. However, a softer Brexit would likely mean giving up some of the freedoms that motivated the U.K. to leave the European Union in the first place, says Markus Gehring of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • DOJ Signals More Fairness In Multinational Investigations

    Brandon Fox

    The number of multinational criminal and regulatory investigations is increasing. The good news for companies that find themselves to be subjects of these investigations is that the U.S. Department of Justice now recognizes a need for global resolutions, says Brandon Fox, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP and former federal prosecutor.